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Captain America (1990)




Critic Consensus: Lacking a script, budget, direction, or star capable of doing justice to its source material, this Captain America should have been left under the ice.

Movie Info

Transformed into a superhero during a secret World War II military experiment, Captain America (Matt Salinger) awakens from suspended animation forty years later to face his old enemy, the Nazi warrior Red Skull (Scott Paulin). This low-budget adaptation of the Marvel comic book series received very little attention upon its delayed release.

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Matt Salinger
as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Ronny Cox
as President
Ned Beatty
as Kolawetz
Scott Paulin
as The Red Skull
Darren McGavin
as Gen. Fleming
Michael Nouri
as Col. Lords
Melinda Dillon
as Mrs. Rogers
Francesca Neri
as Valentina
Bill Mumy
as Young General Fleming
Kim Gillingham
as Bernice Stewart/Sharon
Carla Cassola
as Dr. Maria Vaselli
Massimilio Massimi
as Tadzio de Santis
Norbert Weisser
as Alaskan Surveyor
Garette Ratliff Henson
as Young Tom Kimball
Bernarda Oman
as Tadzio's Mother
Mustafa Nadarevic
as Tadzio's Father
Tonko Lonza
as Tadzio's Mentor
Edita Lipovsek
as Tadzio's Aunt
Ljubica Dujmovic
as Tadzio's Grandmother
Galliano Pahor
as Fascist General
Milan Kristofic
as Nazi General
Giulio Marini
as Nazi General
Aldo Galleazzi
as German Scientist
Ljubomir Strgacic
as German Scientist
Slvko Sestak
as German Scientist
Petar Tomac
as Italian Vendor
Bruno Grdadolnik
as Italian Vendor
Autun Nalis
as Old Repairman
Mario Kovac
as Repairman (as a boy)
Zoran Pollupec
as Implant Doctor
Fay Finver
as Lab Technician
Frank Finver
as Lab Technician
Peter Mulrean
as Lab Technician
Mia Begovic
as Young Italian Woman
Matko Raguz
as Italian Woman's Husband
Donald Standen
as Red Skull's Bodyguard
Dragana Zigic
as Perfect Young Italian
Judranka Katusa
as Perfect Young Italian
Rafaelle Burunelli
as Perfect Young Italian
Robert Egon
as Perfect Young Italian
Igor Serdar
as perfect Young Italian
Gary Epper
as Mr. Erlich
Sonja Gregus
as Resistance Fighter
Rene Medvesek
as Resistance Fighter
Demeter Bitenc
as Industrialist
Relja Basic
as Industrialist
Velemir Chytil
as Industrialist
Drago Klobucar
as Industrialist
Gordon Piculjan
as Industrialist
Frank Papia
as Paramedic
Whitney Christopher
as Boy at Beach
Beth Ann Bowen
as Girl at Beach
Gerda Shepherd
as Jack's Nurse
Trek Potter
as Boy Scout
Sarah Wasson
as Little Girl
Thomas Beatty
as Young Sam Kolawetz
Jon Beatty
as War Veteran
Ann Bell
as Tom Kimball's Mother
Scott Del Amo
as Tom Kimball's Father
Mike Johnson
as Sharon Double
Robert Reitmeier
as Bandstand Musician
John S. "Hacksaw" Reynolds
as Bandstand Musician
Lee Westenhofer
as Bandstand Musician
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Critic Reviews for Captain America

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

The movie isn't merely wrong for kids -- it's just all wrong.

July 21, 2011 | Rating: F | Full Review…

Salinger has some good moments dealing with the cultural shock of his Rip Van Winkle reawakening, but film never takes flight under Albert Pyun's leaden direction.

July 21, 2011 | Full Review…

You can't lose watching Captain America.

December 13, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Outrageously, excruciatingly dull, dragging out its 97 minutes to a point that time itself more or less ceases to have any meaning.

May 14, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The 1990 Captain America shows the viewer, and any aspiring filmmaker, how not to make a superhero movie.

November 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Albert Pyun is a competent director of sci-fi and martial arts action movies, but this tough, brooding comic-book fantasy suffers in comparison to other big-budget superhero adventures, and Salinger lacks charisma as the hero.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Captain America


In terms of low budget cult films, this film is entertaining, but obviously leaves a lot to be desired. This film is not as awful as what everyone has said, and I quite enjoyed the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Reading on the fact that the film had tremendous issues in terms of Marvel's lack of interest and budgetary concerns, I think the filmmakers were able to pull off something quite amusing for midnight movie fans. The film is of course cheesy and over the top, but if you love low budget cult hits, then this one is for you. Of course the Chris Evans Captain America film is far superior, but this one is still entertaining for what it is. Things could have been done better, but considering with what the filmmakers worked with, they managed to pull a decent low budget affair that is a bit underrated. This is not a film for film lovers looking for something great, entertaining and mind blowing to watch. This version is more for cult film fans. The film tends to be a bit boring in some areas and the story itself could have been thought out more, but for what it is, this version of Captain America is a cheesy, tongue in cheek good time if you're in the mood for something like this. The tone of the film is silly and overall it is a decent film, but is nowhere near as good as it good have been, but that shouldn't distract film lovers who enjoy cheaply made movies such as this. Considering with what they had to work with, Captain America is a worthwhile and amusing low budget film worth seeing if you enjoy this genre.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I haven't seen this since I was about 10, so I can't give it a fair review. I remember my dad and I being very fond of it, and I remember that it was kind of cheap. Other than that, nothing, so I'll give it 3 stars for now... simply for nostalgic purposes.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Back in Marvel's early 90's days. This God awful, pathetic, cheap, and cheesy film plagued the world. It's horrible. Not just the cheap costumes or poor make-up, which goes so far as to give Captain America plastic ears to stop chafing. Captain America is the worst hero of all time. His greatest technique is pretending to be sick so that people get out of their cars. Very confusing, especially when the Red Skull is revealed to be Italian for some reason. It's also porly shot, with one segment lit entirely with blue lights, like some dodgy porno. The shield throwing soon gets old, and even it's camp charm couldn't keep my attention. I'd accept this from the 60's, but after the release of Burton's Batman, comic films should have known better. If this wasn't bad enough, some terrible song numbers are used to cause you to vomit.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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