Captain America
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GenreSuperhero film
Based on
Written byDon Ingalls
Directed byRod Holcomb
StarringReb Brown
Theme music composer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerAllan Balter
ProducerMartin M. Goldstein
CinematographyRonald W. Browne
EditorMichael S. Murphy
Running time97 minutes
Production companyUniversal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Syndication Studios
Trifecta Entertainment & Media
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor (Technicolor)
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • January 19, 1979 (1979-01-19)
Followed byCaptain America II: Death Too Soon

Captain America is a 1979 American made-for-television superhero film loosely based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, directed by Rod Holcomb and starring Reb Brown. The film was followed by the sequel Captain America II: Death Too Soon, also released in the same year.[1]


Steve Rogers (Reb Brown) is a former Marine whose father is a 1940s government agent. His father's patriotic attitude earns him the nickname "Captain America". His father is later murdered.

Rogers, now making a living as an artist and traveling the countryside in a conversion van, is inspired by his father's story to sketch a superhero. He is critically injured from an attempt on his life that is set up to seem like an accident.

He is administered an experimental serum called the FLAG formula, an acronym for "Full Latent Ability Gain" — a kind of "super-steroid" — which Rogers' father had developed from his own glands. The formula not only saves his life, but enhances his strength and reflexes. These new abilities inspire Dr. Simon Mills (Len Birman), the research biochemist and intelligence official behind FLAG who was once a friend of Steve's father, to recruit Steve and give him a costume based on his drawing.

As Captain America, Steve's conversion van is re-configured so that it can launch a high-tech motorcycle. The bike features rocket thrust — a jet booster for rapid acceleration — and a stealth setting that reduces engine and road noise. In the sequel, Captain America II: Death Too Soon it also possesses a detachable wing resembling a hang glider that allows limited gravity-powered flight.

In the final act of the film, Rogers decides to become the same Captain America as his father had been, donning a uniform identical to the one his father had worn: the "classic" Captain America uniform.



The film was released theatrically in Colombia in 1981.[2]


The movie received a mixed reception from critics.[3][4]


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  2. ^ McEniry, Matthew J.; Peaslee, Robert Moses; Weiner, Robert G. (30 March 2016). Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s. McFarland. ISBN 9780786443048. Retrieved 29 March 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "MARVEL IN THE 1970S: DR STRANGE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  4. ^ "ANether Regions: 07.12.11: Captain America - The 1979 TV Movies". 411. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-02-03.