Captain America

Captain America

The First Avenger

DVD - 2011
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March, 1942. 90-pound weakling Steve Rogers doggedly attempts to enlist in the army, only to be repeatedly classified 4F. Rogers' determination and decency come to the attention of Dr. Abraham Erskine of the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Rogers is the first test subject for Erskine's super-soldier serum, which transforms him utterly. When the program is abruptly ended, Rogers becomes Captain America--touring America to sell war bonds. On a USO tour in Europe, Rogers steals the first opportunity to demonstrate his worth by tangling with Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull, head of Hydra, Hitler's occult research and development unit. Schmidt has discovered the tesseract cube, an enormously powerful relic of Norse mythology through which he seeks to conquer the world. Assisted by Colonel Chester Phillips, Peggy Carter, weapons contractor Howard Stark, childhood friend Bucky Barnes, and Dum Dum Doogan and his howling commandos, Steve Rogers becomes more than a propaganda tool, emerging as the true Captain America.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781415759943
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE CAPTA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2011
Special features: Commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography Shelly Johnson, and editor Jeffrey Ford; Featurettes: Outfitting a hero (11 min.); The assembly begins (2 min.); Sega game trailer (2 min.); The Avengers animated trailer (1 min.); Previews (7 min.)


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Mar 22, 2019

I had forgotten just how much I like this movie. Wholesome and sweet, a true hero who doesn't want to beat up the bad guys but does want to protect the vulnerable, who has never had the ability to achieve his desires and is suddenly and unexpectedly given incredible power- and uses it to live up to his ideals. Uplifting and inspiring :)

Synopsis from the back of the DVD-
Captain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix). Critics and audiences alike salute Captain America: The First Avenger as "pure excitement, pure action, and pure fun!"

Mar 17, 2019

I really liked this movie it is probably my favorite so far:)
Captain America is a very honorable Avenger probably the most. He stands up for what's right. So I thought it had a lot of good messages. The ending surprised me but at least I couldn't guess what would happen! I recommend it!

Its a great movie! And GREAT acting!

Jan 05, 2019


Dec 10, 2018

This movie is very slow to start and the first half of the movie is difficult to get through. I turned it off twice before I was able to buckle down and get through all of it. With that said, the second half of the movie was very well done and Agent Carter is easily the best part of this movie. With a surprise twist at the end, the second half easily makes up for the first.

Jul 17, 2018

I'll admit I didn't enjoy this movie as much as I thought I would. I already knew the story, but that's not the point. (I already knew about The Avengers and The Winter Soldier before I saw those MCU flicks, and I still ate 'em up.) This one's just a little dull compared to the other Captain America movies.

Of course, the other movies would be nothing without this one. So there's that.

oatmeal_crispy May 22, 2018

Or the one where the red and the white and the blue came through.
 If I could nominate one film as the best MCU film released before [The Avengers], it must be [Captain America: The First Avenger].
 [Captain America: The First Avenger] is a mild retrofuturist war film directed by a veteran of them, Joe Johnston, known for period films with special effects, i.e., The Rocketeer, with a fittingly soaring score by Alan Silvestri. [Captain America] is that patriotic World War 2 tear-jerker you’ve been waiting for since [The Pacific] ended and then you saw Michael Bay’s [Pearl Harbor], thinking that you’d give it a chance, but now you need a neuralyzer from [Men in Black] to restore your faith in films.
 This not to be confused with the low-budget and bizarre 1990 [Captain America] that I must’ve rented a dozen times as a kid.
 [Captain America: The First Avenger] is a fairly linear introduction to Steve Rogers/Captain America, the heart and soul of the Marvel Comics’ superhero team, the Avengers. The film has good special effects, a decent to good score, decent to good script and dialogue, and above-average acting. Cinematography was very nice. Stand out performances: Hugo Weaving as the bombastic Johann Schmidt/Red Skull, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Stanley Tucci as Dr. Erskine. Good performances: Tommy Lee Jones as Chester Phillips and Toby Jones as Dr. Zola.
 But what is true heroism? In an age where people barely have enough willpower to do more than break up over text or perform “ghosting,” [Captain America: The First Avenger] would like us to know the score. This film wants us to know what true heroism is, along with what “real” food is—all boiled. Sure, the hero has a spangly costume, but this film knows that true heroism comes not from flag waving or bond drives but from character and selfless sacrifice.
 Indeed, Steve Rogers, an emaciated, poor kid from Brooklyn will put his life on the line for a chance to join the army, to fight the good fight, in the hour of greatest need. And Rogers will lose everything, everyone he loves, everything he cherishes, and even his entire world to foil the Red Skull’s plans to conquer the world with the power of the gods.
“On your left.”
MCU Introductions: Steve Rogers “Captain America” (Chris Evans), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), young Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan).
MCU Minor Cast Additions: Johann Schmidt “Red Skull” (Hugo Weaving), Dr. Zola (Toby Jones), Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci), Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), “Dum Dum” Dugan (Neal McDonough), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi).
“On your left.”
Marvel Moments:
 #16 – “I can do this all day.”
 #17 – “I don’t like bullies. I don’t care where they’re from.”
 #18 – Capture the Flag
 #19 – “Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.”
 #20 – Project Rebirth
 #21 – “Then how come you’re running?”
 #22 – Not standard issue
 #23 – The Howling Commandos
 #24 – The Valkyrie
 #25 – “Nothing. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”
 #26 – Power of the Gods
 #27 – Next Saturday
 #28 – “I had a date.”

May 13, 2018

Very interesting to learn about the origins of Captain America. I liked both the characters and the plot. Although this is not my favourite Marvel film, I still enjoyed it.

May 13, 2018

Great movie.

May 03, 2018

I wasn’t that crazy about this movie when I first saw it. But now, several years & many movies later, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it again to see where it all began. I absolutely did not remember that this movie begins with the evil Hydra guy stealing the Tesseract from where it was hidden in (of course) Norway!

Apr 25, 2018

One of the few Marvel movies that is any good. The Red Skull !!!!

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Laura_X Apr 15, 2015

You are deluded, Captain. You pretend to be a simple soldier, but in reality you are just afraid to admit that we have left humanity behind. Unlike you, I embrace it proudly. Without fear!

Mar 25, 2015

(Steve) I thought you were dead!
(Bucky) I thought you were SHORTER.

Mar 25, 2015

(Red Skull) *to Captain America* Arrogance may not be a uniquely American trait, but I must say, you do it better than anyone.

Mar 16, 2015

"I don't want to kill anyone. I don't like bullies, no matter where they're from."

Mar 03, 2014

S.H.I.E.L.D: Are you alright Mr. Rogers?

Steve: Yeah, but...I had a date!

Feb 04, 2014

"I had a date."

Jun 25, 2012

Geez someone give that kid a sandwhich.

Jun 13, 2012

What is this? Steak. What is in it?
Cow. I do not eat meat. Why not?
It does not agree with me. What about cyanide? Does that give you the rumbly tummy too?

Jun 13, 2012

You don't win wars with niceness
doctor. You win it with guts.

Jun 13, 2012

Sir. We fought to the last man.
Hydra: Evidently not.

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Oct 16, 2017

Violence: A person is shredded by a propeller (not as bad as it sounds) is still a PG-13 Marvel movie and has the same type of violence as the other MCU movies.

Mar 16, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A villain is destroyed by the Tesseract. Not bloody. Two sad scenes.

Mar 16, 2015

Violence: Comic book action violence. A villain commits suicide with cyanide to avoid capture.

Mar 16, 2015

Coarse Language: Mild cursing. (D**n and h**l)

Oct 06, 2014

Coarse Language: Some cussing, including several uses of d*mn and h*ll.


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

In March 1942, Nazi officer Johann Schmidt and his men invade Tønsberg, Norway, to steal a mysterious Tesseract[a] possessing untold powers. Meanwhile, in New York City, Steve Rogers is rejected for World War II military duty because of various health and physical issues. While attending an exhibition of future technologies with his friend Bucky Barnes, Rogers again attempts to enlist. Overhearing Rogers' conversation with Barnes about wanting to help in the war, Dr. Abraham Erskine allows Rogers to enlist. He is recruited in the Scientific Strategic Reserve as part of a "super-soldier" experiment under Erskine, Col. Chester Phillips, and British agent Peggy Carter. Phillips is unconvinced by Erskine's claims that Rogers is the right person for the procedure, but relents after seeing Rogers commit an act of self-sacrificing bravery. The night before the treatment, Erskine reveals to Rogers that Schmidt underwent an imperfect version of the procedure and suffered side-effects.

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