Hero at Large

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Hero at Large
Hero at large.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Davidson
Produced by Stephen J. Friedman
Written by AJ Carothers
Starring John Ritter
Anne Archer
Bert Convy
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Edited by David Garfield
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • June 5, 1980 (1980-06-05)
Running time 98 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $15,934,737

Hero at Large is a 1980 comedy film starring John Ritter and Anne Archer. The film was written by former Disney screenwriter, AJ Carothers and directed by Martin Davidson. The original music score was composed by Patrick Williams.


Steve Nichols is a struggling actor in New York City who takes the job posing as comic-book hero Captain Avenger at comics stores and conventions. He finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger. The costume is for a film he is hired to promote, but 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 bonafide hero when he rescues a young child from a fire at an apartment building.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
John Ritter Steven Nichols
Anne Archer Jolene Walsh
Bert Convy Walter Reeves
Kevin McCarthy Calvin Donnelly
Harry Bellaver Eddie
Leonard Harris Mayor
Kevin Bacon 2nd Teenager
Dr. Joyce Brothers Herself


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