I-Man

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I-Man
Written byHoward Friedlander,
Ken Peragine
Directed byCorey Allen
StarringScott Bakula,
Ellen Bry,
Joey Cramer
Theme music composerCraig Safan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)Richard Briggs (producer),
Howard Friedlander (producer),
Mark H. Ovitz (executive producer),
Ken Peragine (producer)
CinematographyFrank Watts
Editor(s)Lovel S. Ellis
Running time96 minutes
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseApril 6, 1986 (1986-04-06)

In 1986, the Disney Company ran a telefilm called I-Man, supposedly as the pilot for a proposed series, which was never picked up.

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Widowed father Jeffrey Wilder is a cab driver, who lives with his son Eric, as they are unexpectedly hurled into the adventure of a lifetime. When a NASA truck carrying a space canister crashes near their home, Jeffrey and Eric rush inside the wrecked vehicle to recover the helpless driver. The severely injured driver tells them that the canister in the truck must be saved. So Jeffrey and Eric go back inside the truck. Jeffrey then sees that the canister is leaking gas, and tells Eric to move away to safety. While his son walks away, Jeffrey tries to get the canister out of the truck. However, the truck violently explodes, and Jeffrey is rushed to the hospital with 90% of his body covered in second- and third-degree burns. As the doctors watch in shock, Jeffrey's badly burnt body miraculously heals itself before their eyes, and he walks out, confused and amazed.

Brushing the incident aside as an apparent freak of nature, Jeffrey is stunned when his mysterious ability manifests during a botched armed robbery at a local convenience store; he appears to be fatally shot by the panicked robber, but what would normally have been a mortal bullet wound heals in seconds, just as his burns had done. It is then revealed that Jeffrey's new 'power' is the result of his exposure to a sample of mysterious alien atmosphere leaking from the damaged canister while on board the NASA truck. Soon, Eric exhibits similar powers (having also been exposed to the gas during the rescue), but Jeffrey advises his son to keep them secret for his own safety.

The U.S. Government then approaches Jeffrey with a classified mission: stop the devious and reclusive millionaire Oliver Holbrook, a power-hungry maniac who – having hijacked a military train – not only plans to use the power of some stolen prototype laser pistols to force the planet's surrender, but also is threatening Earth with the ultimate disaster: nuclear meltdown. Sent into battle with fellow agent Karen McCorder, Jeffrey leaves Eric behind with a friend. But when the two are caught by Holbrook, it will take Eric's smarts, as well as his powers, to rescue his father before Oliver unleashes his stolen technology and brings the world as we know it to an end.

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