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Hero at Large
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMartin Davidson
Written byAJ Carothers
Produced byStephen J. Friedman
CinematographyDavid M. Walsh
Edited byDavid Garfield
Music byPatrick Williams
Distributed byUnited Artists (United States/Canada)
Cinema International Corporation (International)
Release date
  • February 8, 1980 (1980-02-08)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$15.9 million

Hero at Large is a 1980 American superhero comedy film starring John Ritter and Anne Archer.[1]

The film was written by AJ Carothers and directed by Martin Davidson. The original music score was composed by Patrick Williams.


Steve Nichols is a struggling New York City actor who accepts the job of posing as comic-book hero for a movie he's hired to help promote. After he stops a robbery while wearing the "Captain Avenger" costume, his life becomes unexpectedly complicated. Nichols decides to continue "playing" superhero and discovers that a hero's life is more complex than he expected. [2]

Nichols is hired by the Mayor's staff who hope the Captain Avenger's tie-in will win votes for an upcoming election. The plan is ultimately discovered and exposed by the media, leaving Captain Avenger on the outs with the public. Encouraged by his girlfriend, Jolene, to not rely on the costume and mask to gain adulation, Nichols later becomes a bona fide hero when he rescues a child from a burning apartment building.


In addition, Joyce Brothers has a cameo as herself, while Penny Crone, an Emmy Award-winning reporter in the New York City market, has an uncredited cameo as a reporter.


Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars and called it "a big, dumb, silly, good-hearted albatross of a comedy". He said that although the film might appeal to fans of Ritter, it didn't appeal to him.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (February 13, 1980). "Hero at Large".
  2. ^ "Hero at Large". New York Times. Retrieved 2020-09-13.