Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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During World War 2, a deeply patriotic and sincere young man named Steve Rogers tries to enlist but is repeatedly rejected for his frail and sickly condition, however a scientist notes his determination and allows him to be accepted. What Steve doesn't know is that this scientist is in charge of a government project to create super soldiers, in which Steve is to be the first, but the colonel in charge of the project can't see what the scientist does in this scrawny runt - a strong inner character. Meanwhile, Johann Schmidt, head of a German science division known as HYDRA, knows this scientist and fears the success of his project in America. Knowing it could mean trouble for the Germans, so he sends a man to infiltrate and see if it's a success, and "take care" of the scientist if it is. It is, and he does, but not without Steve and his new abilities chasing him down. With the doctor dead, no more American supermen will be forthcoming, and Steve quickly becomes a mere U.S. war drive propaganda tool called "Captain America." How will Steve come to terms with his new role as Captain America?

Cast: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell

Crew: Joe Johnston (Director), Shelly Johnson (Director of Photography), Alan Silvestri (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 29 Jul 2011 (India)

Tagline: The First Avenger

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as Peggy Carter
as USO Drummer
as USO Drummer
as SHIELD Agent
as Antique Store Owner
as Roeder
as USO Dancer
as Enlistment Office MP
as HYDRA Pilot
as Jacques Dernier
as USO Dancer
as USO Drummer
as New York Taxi Driver
as Sergeant Duffy
as USO Dancer
as Kid in USO Audience
as Tower Keeper
as Johann Schmidt's Artist
as USO Drummer
as Gabe Jones
as Howard Stark
as Young Doctor
as HYDRA Soldier
as USO Dancer
as Schneider
as USO Dancer
as Kruger's Driver
as Newsstand Mom
as US Marine
as US Marine 4th Battalion
as USO Drummer
as USO Dancer
as Captain America / Steve Rogers
as Johann Schmidt / Red Skull
as Army Heckler
as Army Heckler
as Adolph Hitler
as Hutter
as Soldier
as Connie
as USO Dancer
as USO Dancer
as Project Rebirth Nurse
as Jim Morita
as Stark's Engineer
as The Star Spangled Singer
as Autograph Seeker
as Barman
as Gilmore Hodge
as USO Dancer
as USO Dancer
as USO Dancer
as Army Heckler
as USO Drummer
as Undercover Bum
as Jan
as Sgt US Marine
as Newspaper Stole Holde
as Brandt's Aide
Supporting Actor
as Boy at Dock
as Kid in USO Audience
as Businessman
as Senator Brandt
as USO Drummer
as Dodgers Announcer
as USO Dancer
as Stark Girl
as The Star Spangled Singer
as Pvt. Lorraine
as Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan
as SHIELD Tech
as Army Heckler
as USO Dancer
as USO Dancer
as Search Team Leader
as Manager Velt
as Bookshop Owner
as Soldier
as Hydra Soldier
as USO Drummer
as HYDRA Lieutenant
as USO Dancer
as USO Dancer
as Prisoner of War
as Heinz Kruger
as SSR Doctor
as US Marine 4th Battalion
as Army Heckler
as The Star Spangled Singer
as USO Dancer
as Hydra Soldier
as Nervous Recruit
Supporting Actor
as Nick Fury
as USO Dancer
as James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes
as Kruger's Aide
as Military Police
as 4F Doctor
as Bonnie
as Dr. Abraham Erskine
as USO Dancer
as USO Dancer
as Dr Arnim Zola
as Colonel Chester Phillips
as Undercover Bum
as USO Drummer
as SHIELD Lieutenant




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The First Avenger
When patriots become heroes
Chris Evans declined the role three times before accepting the part. After that, he had a meeting with the director and the producers who convinced him to take the role.

At the Expo Howard Stark demonstrates his semi-functional "Reversion" technology. It's an obvious precursor to Tony Stark's "Repulsors", perfected for his Iron Man armor. They both even have an orange glow when functioning.

Most of the shots were done by an L.A. company called LOLA that specializes in digital "plastic surgery." The technique involved shrinking Chris Evans in all dimensions. They shot each skinny Steve scene at least four times; once like a normal scene with Evans and his fellow actors in the scene, once with Evans alone in front of a green screen so his element could be reduced digitally, again with everyone in the scene but with Evans absent so that the shrunken Steve could be re-inserted into the scene, and finally with a body double mimicking Evans's actions in case the second technique were required. When Evans had to interact with other characters in the scene, they had to either lower him or raise the other actors on apple boxes or elevated walkways to make skinny Steve shorter in comparison. For close-ups, Evans's fellow actors had to look at marks on his chin that represented where his eyes would be after the shrinking process, and Evans had to look at marks on the tops of the actor's head to represent their eyes. The second technique involved grafting Evans's head onto the body double. This technique was used mostly when Evans was sitting or lying down, or when a minimum of physical acting was required.

Stanley Tucci took the role of Dr. Erskine because the role enabled him to use a German accent, which he always wanted to do.

In the exhibition, there is a mannequin in a red jumpsuit under a glass dome. That is a reference to the android, the original Human Torch, the first superhero created by Timely Comics (October 1939), which eventually became Marvel Comics. He was also part of The Invaders along with Namor and Captain America. Marvel Comics recycled the name and abilities with the Fantastic Four's Johnny Storm (1961). Chris Evans portrayed Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the 'Fantastic Four' films.

Originally cameo appearances were planned in the film for James Logan Howlett (Wolverine) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto), who were present during World War II (Logan was a soldier and Lensherr was a prisoner of war). These cameos were scrapped due to rights issues.

Chris Evans was paid $300,000 to play the title role.

Throughout the film, Steve uses a side arm while fighting Skull's forces. In the comics, he used a side arm until realizing that his new shield (that Franklin D. Roosevelt gives him) could be used as a weapon, by throwing it, and it subsequently replaces the side arm.

Hydra's futurist aircraft take their designs from actual WWII German concepts such as the Horten H.XVIII flying wing bomber and Triebflügeljäger fighter plane.

Captain America's fighting style is "Jeet Kune Do" a fighting style developed by Bruce Lee.

To prepare for his role as Bucky, Sebastian Stan watched many World War II films/documentaries, and drew inspiration from Band of Brothers (2001).

Shields made of different materials were used depending on what was needed for the shot. Rubber shields were used for when Captain America punches people with it. For scenes where he put the shield on his back, magnets were used to keep it in place. In many of the scenes where he is seen throwing the shield, actor Chris Evans would mime out the actions of catching and throwing the shield, with the shield being added later using CGI.

This is the fifth live-action adaptation of the superhero. The first was the serial Captain America (1944); the second was the TV movie Captain America (1979) and its sequel Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979); and the fourth was the theatrical film Captain America (1990).

Director Joe Johnston also directed The Rocketeer (1991). In that film, the hero, Cliff Secord, finds a rocket pack created by Howard Hughes, thus becoming The Rocketeer. In this film Captain America obtains his iconic shield from Howard Stark, a character closely based on Howard Hughes.

When Steve discovers the gunmetal circular shield in the development office of Howard Stark, he asks what it's made from. Vibranium is a fictional element in the Marvel universe that comes from the country of Wakanda, the land where The Black Panther, another Marvel superhero, lives.

The design of Red Skull's flying fortress in the climax of the film was heavily inspired by Spriggan, the boss of the Air Battle level in the Nintendo 64 videogame "Aerofighters Assault".

Tommy Lee Jones, who plays Col. Phillips, also appeared as Two-Face/Harvey Dent in Batman Forever (1995).

To prepare for her role as Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell trained six days a week.

Alice Eve, Gemma Arterton and Keira Knightley were considered for the role of Peggy Carter. Emily Blunt turned down the role.

The aircraft used by Howard Stark to fly Captain America behind German lines is a "Beechcraft Model 18" also known as "Twin Beech". It was first built in 1937 and was a true multi-role small transport plane used widely by the Army Air Corps and numerous civil companies for transport of cargo, supply goods and wounded personnel.

Dane Cook, Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas auditioned for the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America.

Sebastian Stan was considered for the role of Captain America, but got the role of Bucky instead.

There are several references to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which director Joe Johnston worked on as Art Director:

When Johan Schmidt is searching for the Tesseract in the beginning of the film, he shoots the man hiding it and blood splatters on his HYDRA pin. The blood only splatters on the skull part of his HYDRA pin, foreshadowing his reveal of him being the Red Skull.

Red Skull's deformed appearance is explained by his body's rejection of the serum because he was not worthy - the serum drives him even madder. This is exactly what happens to Emil Blonsky which leads to his transformation into the Abomination, with the help of gamma rays, in The Incredible Hulk (2008).

When chasing down the Hydra agent after being injected with the super soldier serum, Steve picks up a Taxi Cab door. The cab company is 'Lucky Star Cab Company' - with the name circling the star for a logo - resembling and foreshadowing the iconic shield that Steve eventually wields as Captain America.

Samuel L. Jackson filmed a scene for this movie in New York City's Time Square, which serves as a scene that preludes The Avengers (2012).
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