Hero at Large

Hero at Large

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Director: Martin Davidson

Cast: John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy

     
 

John Ritter plays an unsuccessful actor who takes a job posing as comic-book hero Captain Avenger at comics stores and conventions. While thus garbed, Ritter foils a grocery store robbery. He skedaddles from the scene when the cops show up, leading witnesses to assume that he is a genuine costumed superhero, the sort that shows up to foil the villains and then… See more details below

Overview

John Ritter plays an unsuccessful actor who takes a job posing as comic-book hero Captain Avenger at comics stores and conventions. While thus garbed, Ritter foils a grocery store robbery. He skedaddles from the scene when the cops show up, leading witnesses to assume that he is a genuine costumed superhero, the sort that shows up to foil the villains and then modestly retreats after his job is done. Ritter is hired by the mayor's staff, who hope that the Captain Avenger tie-in will help the mayor win an upcoming election. This plan comes acropper, and Captain Avenger finds himself on the outs with the public. Prodded by his girlfriend Anne Archer to be himself and not rely on a costume and mask to gain adulation, Ritter becomes a bonafide hero when he rescues several citizens from a fire. Thanks to the enthusiastic performance of John Ritter, Hero at Large remains amusing even when you know what's going to happen next (a common occurrence in this film).

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Hero At Large is a somewhat simplistic yet ultimately satisfying film that plays on the childhood memories and fantasies of the its audience and relates them to the troubles of the modern world. Who hasn't at some point in their lives imagined themselves to be a superhero righting wrongs like their favorite Saturday morning characters? John Ritter is an actor hired to portray the superhero Captain Avenger at movie theaters and finds himself living the role when he foils a crime dressed in the costume. From that point on, he begins a "career" as a crimefighter and in the process finds himself at the center of a media storm and a political campaign. In general this is a clever twist on the whole superhero genre that works mainly because Ritter is very earnest and likable, and Anne Archer as his girlfriend nearly beams off the screen. For that reason, even though every plot point can be seen on the horizon from miles away, but it doesn't really matter. Anyone who has seen any kind of similar film or, for that matter, read a comic book can easily predict all the pitfalls that will crop up along the way, but the film does manage to provide some dramatic conflict to hold interest. The climactic sequence where Ritter discovers that his heroism wasn't just an act is wonderfully stirring stuff that manages to draw upon some real heartfelt emotion, regardless of whether or not one is a fan of this type of story or not. It's probably better suited for younger audiences as most adults will likely find the overall themes a little preachy, saccharine, and none too subtle, but that does not take away from what is a most enjoyable experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0012569675575
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Ritter Steve Nichols
Anne Archer J. Marsh
Bert Convy Walter Reeves
Kevin McCarthy Calvin Donnelly
Harry Bellaver Eddie
Anita Dangler Mrs. Havacheck
Jane Hallaren Gloria Preston
Leonard Harris Mayor
Rick Podell Milo
Joyce Brothers Herself
Trish Doolan Actor
Kenneth Cory Actor
Allan Rich Marty Fields
Gerry Black Hero at Fire
William Bogert TV Moderator
Gerald Castillo Heroes at Fire
Garry Goodrow TV Reporter
Michael Gorrin Mr. Rothberg
Gary Klar Cameraman
Michael Leon Grocery Store Punk
Bryan O'Byrne Scientist
James O'Connell Stage Manager
Church Ortiz Grocery Store Punk
William Robertson Bum
Robin Sherwood Lab. Assistant
Joseph Stern Assistant Director
Kenneth Tobey Fire Chief
Kevin Bacon 2nd Teenager
Neill Barry 1st Teenager
A.J. Carothers Stage Director
Gary Combs Holdup Man
Rita Crafts Woman in Crowd
Lionel Pina 3rd Teenager
Michael Prince Dignitary
Jack Somack Waiter
Robert Carricart Reporter
Frank Casey Reporter
Lenny Geer 1st Thug
Peter Iacangelo Man at Rally

Technical Credits
Martin Davidson Director
Norman Baron Art Director
Albert Brenner Production Designer
A.J. Carothers Screenwriter
Sandra Davidson Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Friedman Producer
David Garfield Editor
Robert Gundlach Production Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Joyce Robinson Casting
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Roger M. Rothstein Associate Producer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Patrick Williams Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 --
1. Credits [2:08]
2. Friend of Friends [3:08]
3. The Brush-Off [4:22]
4. Captain Avenger [6:35]
5. Commercial Props [4:30]
6. Rent Past Due [2:10]
7. Spin Strategy [6:07]
8. "Give Me a Break." [5:03]
9. Night Moves [6:51]
10. Morning After [6:34]
11. "My Name Is Steve." [3:42]
12. Change of Luck [7:05]
13. The Setup [4:44]
14. No Promises [4:11]
15. Dream and Reality [5:06]
16. Lover's Quarrel [:57]
17. Funny Paper Honors [9:01]
18. Being Honest [5:22]
19. To the Rescue [7:16]
20. End Credits [2:49]

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