Classic Movie Trailer: Hero at Large (1980)


Flick Nation Presents … a selection of curated classic movie trailers.

And when we say “classic,” that doesn’t mean the movie was necessarily good, but has endured the test of time. Sure, maybe it’s one of the greatest flicks ever … or maybe it’s a movie that’s so awesome that it should have endured. Either way, consider the next two minutes of your life as homework for your streaming queue.

Before Kick-Ass (2010), before Super (2010), before The Incredibles (2004) … there were very few superhero movies, much less superhero comedies!

Hero at Large was a minor hit during the summer of 1980, but developed a beloved cult following in the years following.

Steve Nichols (John Ritter, still a huge TV star on Three’s Company) is a struggling actor in New York City who takes the job posing as comic-book hero Captain Avenger for a film he is hired to promote. He finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger. Nichols decides to continue being a superhero and discovers that the superhero life is more complex than he initially thought.

Nichols is hired by the mayor’s staff, who hope that Captain Avenger’s tie-in will help the mayor win an upcoming election. The plan is discovered and revealed by the media, and Captain Avenger finds himself on the outs with the public. Prodded by his girlfriend Jolene to be himself and not rely on a costume and mask to gain adulation, Nichols becomes a bona fide hero when he rescues a young child from a fire at an apartment building.

Don’t lie … you know you watched this every time it was on HBO back in the day!

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