The Return of Captain Invincible


The Return of Captain Invincible

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This patchy, uneven combination of fantasy and musical comedy is hilarious in parts and embarrassing in others, though the premise has great potential in itself -- a screwball Captain Invincible is out to save the world from his nemesis, Mr. Midnight, the white supremacist. Captain Invincible (Alan Arkin) is wallowing in his cups in the Australian outback when he receives an unusual call from the American President asking for his help. Unusual because the Captain had no choice but to go into exile after Joseph McCarthy's Un-American Activities Committee became suspicious of his red cape, and he has never been sober enough to recover from the shock. This history is given in a mock newsreel at the beginning of the film. But now Mr. Midnight is threatening to dismember New York City by convincing all the ethnic groups to live along the seashore. Once they are situated on beachfront property, he will blast out a crack in the earth behind them, cut their connection to the mainland, and send them drifting off into the Atlantic. It seems the dastardly Midnight has stolen the ultra-secret hypno-ray and can slice off New Jersey whenever he wants. Weakened by depression and alcohol, Captain Invincible is nursed back to full throttle by Patty Patria (Kate Fitzpatrick) and is soon ready to zoom over Sydney to the far side of the globe -- after practicing in harness in front of rear-projected scenes. Meanwhile, Mr. Midnight and his sidekick are all set to defend their turf, and their ability to slice it up -- though the (American) patriotic sentimentality that prevails in the end, after several other songs have come and gone, is summarized in a rendition of "God Bless America" that conflicts with the opening scenes and may leave foreign audiences cold. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Alan Arkin
as Captain Invincible
Bill Hunter
as Coach, Tupper
Christopher Lee
as Mr. Midnight
Kate Fitzpatrick
as Patty Patria
Michael Pate
as The US President
Graham Kennedy
as Australian Prime Minister
Max Phipps
as Admiral
Noel Ferrier
as General
David Argue
as Italian salesman
Gus Mercurio
as Noisy garbageman
Max Cullen
as Italian man
Chelsea Brown
as Tour guide
John Bluthal
as Deli owner
Brian Adams
as Reporter
Ron Beck
as Black salesman
Chris Haywood
as Maitre d'
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Critic Reviews for The Return of Captain Invincible

All Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (2)

  • This film is one of those bizarre ideas that you're surprised in retrospect ever got off the drawing board. It's not especially funny, but it's hard to hate a film where a bad guy tries to kill Invincible with a machine gun hidden in a plastic fish.

    Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • It's entirely unfunny, with intentionally campy dialogue that falls flat and songs to match.

    Mar 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the best superhero movies ever made (really).

    Aug 15, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Return of Captain Invincible

  • Sep 06, 2010
    A very interesting movie, it's a superhero musical! Wow. It's actually very funny, maybe even a bit unintentionally at times. Sometimes this movie gets either too weird, or boring, but in the end its entertaining and if you like weird cheesy movies, you'll enjoy this movie. Is it a cult classic? I'm not sure, but it could be a cult movie some day.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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