Classic Cinema: Captain America 1 & 2 (1979) – By Jason S. Lockard


Our world has began to be inundated with comic book movies and tv shows. Captain America Civil War isĀ  about to hit theaters and this month I thought we would continue our look back at little known incarnations of superhero films with a Cap double feature from the 70s.

In 1979 CBS aired two pilot movies loosely (and I do mean loosely) based on the character Captain America starring Reb Brown. Part 1 directed by Rod Holcomb and part 2 directed by Ivan Nagy.

The first film aired on January 19th and follows Steve Rogers whose father was a 1940s government agent. Steve’s murderer father nicknamed “Captain America”. When Steve, was in a near fatal accident, he is administered an experimental chemical called the FLAG (Full Latent Ability Gain) formula. He can now become the true Captain America.

The second film entitled Captain America II Death too soon aired November 24th of the same year. The film follows a revolutionary terrorist calling himself General Miguel played by the great Christopher Lee, who is planning to fight a war. The world’s only hope to defeat the terrorist General is the Red White and Blue warrior Captain America.

While the films are entertaining, a lot of the magic that is the Captain America story is lost.

So before you check out Captain America Civil War check out the original pilot movies of Captain America. They are entertaining, but they will also make you appreciate the movies we are getting now.

So until next month when we take another look at a classic comic book movie. This is Jason Lockard reminding you, if you want to see a good movie, check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Mild violence
Audience: Not Suitable for small children
Genre: Sci-fi fantasy
Length: 86 min.
Year of Release: 1997
Our Rating: B-