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Monday, April 14, 2014

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

"Church-less Movie" Explanation

So the new Captain America movie was absolutely AMAAAAAZING!

But here's the ORIGINAL Captain America ...

"Captain America is a 1990 American-Yugoslavian superhero film directed by Albert Pyun. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. While the film takes several liberties with the comic's storyline, it features Steve Rogers becoming Captain America during World War II to battle the Red Skull, being frozen in ice, and subsequently being revived to save the President of the United States from a crime family that dislikes his environmentalist policies.

The first big screen production of Captain America has a long and tumultuous production history. The film rights were originally purchased by The Cannon Group founders Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus in 1984. Initially director Michael Winner was attached to direct a James Silke script. Later, in 1986, Winner took over the writing chores alongside Stan Lee and Lawrence Block. By 1987, Winner was off the project and actor-director John Stockwell came aboard with a script by Stephen Tolkin. Golan left Cannon in 1989 and as part of a severance package he was given control of 21st Century Film Corporation and allowed to carry over the film rights to the Captain America character. Director Albert Pyun, who had previously worked at Cannon, was brought on board and worked with the Tolkin script that originally started at Cannon. Principal photography began in 1989 and was completed in 1990.

An interview with the ORIGINAL Captain America in GQ

The film was intended for release in the summer of 1990, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Captain America. Several release dates were announced between fall 1990 and winter 1991, but the film went unreleased for two years before debuting direct to video and on cable television in the United States in the summer of 1992. It was given a limited theatrical release internationally.

The film was given very negative reviews, holding a 9% 'rotten' rating on the film critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 critics (all of whom wrote reviews a decade after release). In one of the few contemporaneous reviews, Entertainment Weekly critic Frank Lovece wrote, 'The movie isn't merely wrong for kids — it opens in pre-war Italy with a sequence in Italian with subtitles, and a machine-gun slaughter — it's just all wrong', and decried the 'shapeless blob of a plot' in grading the film an F."

Grrreat bad movie right there!

You're welcome.

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