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Movie Review: 'Captain America' (1990) Superman and Batman get to star in their own movies, and now every superhero wants one. Held from theatrical release for two years before being… PG-13 PT97M Action/Adventure Sci-fi and Fantasy Ronny Cox Matt Salinger Ned Beatty Darren McGavin Francesca Neri Columbia Tri-Star Home Video
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Movie Review: 'Captain America' (1990)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Details Rated: PG-13; Length: 97 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Ronny Cox and Matt Salinger; Distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Superman and Batman get to star in their own movies, and now every superhero wants one. Held from theatrical release for two years before being dropped onto the video shelves in time to ride the Batman buzz, Captain America stars undergrad-god J.D. Salinger's son Matt as Marvel Comics' superpatriot. The movie isn't merely wrong for kids — it opens in prewar Italy with a sequence in Italian with subtitles, and a machine-gun slaughter — it's just all wrong. The shapeless blob of a plot pits Cap against his Marvel Comics foe, the Nazi Red Skull (Scott Paulin), now inexplicably Italian and mostly seen without a red skull. They resume their battle in the 1990s when Cap awakens after decades in suspended animation. He should have stayed in bed.

Originally posted Jul 31, 1992 Published in issue #129 Jul 31, 1992 Order article reprints