This Week’s Geek Movie at the Quantum Cave, “Captain America” (1979)

Cap on the Small Screen   I don’t have much to say about this one. Nostalgia is a hell of a thing. This isn’t influenced by heady memories from a halcyon age, but I like it. It’s not a great movie. It’s not even a good movie. What it is is a snapshot of a bygone age and it takes me back, way back. Reb Brown did a good job, as good as he could, and all in all it’s entertaining.

   Here is the plot from Wikipedia. I would re-write one but this is all you need to know:

c4cdf6d753ac1a1037dbb0d5adbc9bcf   Steve Rogers is a character in contemporary times whose father was a 1940s government agent. The very patriotic attitude of Steve’s father earned him the nickname Captain America, and his father is spoken of as having been murdered. Rogers, a former Marine now making what little living he makes as an artist, is inspired by this story to sketch a super-hero. After receiving potentially fatal injuries in an accident, he is administered an experimental chemical called the FLAGFull Latent Ability Gain — formula (at one point referred to as a “super-steroid”) which not only saves his life but also enhances his body with heightened strength and reflexes. These new abilities lead Dr. Simon Mills (Len Birman), the research biochemist and intelligence official who had told Rogers about his father, to recruit him and give Steve a costume based on his drawing. As Captain America, he also makes significant use of a specialized reconstruction of the van he has been driving, out the rear of which can be launched a modified motorcycle. Its functions include a rocket thrust for a fast start out of the van, a jet boost for increased speed, a setting to allow the bike to be ridden with less noise for stealthier movement and a hang glider structure which can allow the bike to glide to the ground with some forward momentum, although it must be jettisoned upon landing.