[[caption-width-right:276:Starring the son of the guy who wrote ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''.]]

A 1990 superhero film based on the ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' comics, directed by Albert Pyun and starring Matt Salinger, Creator/RonnyCox, Ned Beatty and Scott Paulin.

Not to be confused with the 2011 film, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:
* AdaptationalHeroism: Downplayed- while Red Skull at no point displays any real positive qualities whatsoever, he's still far less utterly repulsive and vile than his comics counterpart. Not only his racism is greatly downplayed, he treats his daughter (even after her failure) with far greater tolerance than Comics Skull ever shows for his daughter Sin, he can at least act polite enough more often than his constantly sneering and insulting original source, and he's even given a sympathetic and tragic origin while his comics self always was rotten to the core.
* AdaptationalNationality: The Red Skull's nationality is changed from German to Italian for this film.
* AmazonBrigade: The Red Skull commands a group of supermodel henchwomen, one of which is his daughter.
* AscendedFanboy: Thomas Kimball, twice. Not only does he grow up to be the President, but once he does so, he ''also'' gets to help Captain America.
* TheAtoner: Dr. Maria Vaselli sees Project Rebirth as a chance to redeem what she was forced to do for the Nazis.
-->'''Dr. Vaselli:''' (''to Steve'') Because of you, I have a chance to make a wrong thing right. I thank you for that.
* ChekhovsGun: The tape recording from the prologue of the movie.
* CompositeCharacter: Bernice is based off both Bernie Rosenthal and Peggy Carter, while Bernice's daughter Sharon Cooperman is an {{Expy}} of Sharon Carter, minus the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent skills.
* CunningLinguist: Sharon [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands suddenly produces]] a fluency in Italian, remarking that she [[HandWave spent a summer in Italy before.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Red Skull.]]
* FacelessGoons: Inverted. All of the Red Skull's mooks are well-dressed highly attractive people. The military force that comes to rescue President Kimball and help Captain America come equipped with face-concealing masks and [[DarkIsNotEvil all-black uniforms]].
* FailureHero: Most of Cap's fights involve him getting defeated or running away.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Red Skull. As he has Captain America tied to a rocket, he asks him for help with his English.
* GreasySpoon: The front for a secret government laboratory.
* GreenAesop: The main point and Anvilicious aesop of the movie, which the President was a victim for his new bill for environmental conservation that angered the CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: A trope familiar to the Captain America, and though it's less prominent here, it's still a part of his character.
-->'''Red Skull:''' Fifty years ago, you were Dr. Vaselli's ridiculous idea. You remain a clownish symbol that no one cares about.\\
'''Captain America:''' [[ShutUpHannibal I care.]]\\
'''Red Skull:''' You care? Then come to me, my brother. Let us see if this heart of yours is stronger than my hate.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Captain America feigns sickness to lure the unsuspecting driver out from the car before he steals it, twice. Subverted when he appears to steal a bike from a civilian during his and Sharon's escape from the Red Skull's thugs, but he throws down money towards the owner for compensation.
* HistoricalRapSheet: The NebulousEvilOrganization that ComicBook/RedSkull works for was responsible for such things as the Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations.
* IconicItem: It wouldn't be Captain America without the shield.
* IdenticalGranddaughter: Bernice and her lookalike daughter Sharon, so minus a generation.
* IntrepidReporter: Sam Kolawetz. [[spoiler: He even gets killed because of it.]]
* LifeOrLimbDecision: The Red Skull chops off his own hand after Captain America (tied to a missile about to launch) grabs him to invoke TakingYouWithMe.
* LondonEnglandSyndrome
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: [[IconicItem Well, yeah.]]
* MistakenForSpies: Captain America thinks that Sam Kowlawetz is a spy for either the Japanese, because he has a tape recorder that was made in Japan, or possibly for the Germans, because he's driving a car that was made in West Germany. (This is the first car he steals, under HeroStoleMyBike.)
* TheMole: General Fleming, going all the way back to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* MythologyGag: When young Thomas Kimball tells his friend Sam about Captain America, they discard the idea of the hero having been the Human Torch or the Sub-Mariner, heroes who fought in World War Two along with Cap in the comicbooks.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: The Red Skull's organization in the present day.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Captain America spent so much time frozen in Alaska, he didn't get to accomplish ''nearly'' as many awesome things as most of his other incarnations have.
* NotSoDifferent: Captain America and the Red Skull both got their powers as a result of the same research. Because of this, the Red Skull insists on referring to Captain America as his "American Brother".
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:The Red Skull's daughter [[GoryDiscretionShot apparently]] met this fate when Cap's shield returned. Though it's left ambiguous enough so she could have just been knocked out]].
* TheOnlyOne: But not by design. The scientist working on the project [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup did not have any written notes]], for fear that they would be used for evil again. Shortly after Rogers is successfully given the treatment, a Nazi assassin kills the scientist and her knowledge is lost. Otherwise, the intent was for him to lead an entire [[BadassArmy company]] of super soldiers.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: In particular, he manages to be both President Target ''and'' President Action.
* PsychoPrototype: The Red Skull.
* RaisedByOrcs: The Red Skull is raised by Nazis after being abducted from his family.
* RefugeInAudacity: When the recently-escaped President Kimball runs into General Fleming, in the Red Skull's hideout, in a business suit, the general stands at attention and claims that he is leading the rescue force to extract the President. [[spoiler:The President doesn't buy it.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Steve initially [[IdenticalStranger confuses Sharon for her mother Bernice]], but her style and personality are substantially different (both characters are [[ActingForTwo played by the same actress]]).
* SherlockScan: Notably, it gives Captain America all the details needed for him to reach exactly the ''wrong'' conclusion. [[note]]He doesn't know that UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ended over four decades ago, and that owning a Japanese-made tape recorder and German-made car would not at all be unusual for an American.[[/note]]
* StrappedToABomb: The film has the hero tied to a rocket at the end of the first act, setting him up to be frozen and appear in modern day.
* SuperSerum: The key to Captain America and the Red Skull's {{super strength}}.
* SuperSoldier: Captain America for the Allies, Red Skull for the Axis.
* TakingYouWithMe: Attempted by the Captain against the Red Skull, forcing the Red Skull to make a LifeOrLimbDecision.
* VillainOpeningScene: It starts by telling how the Red Skull was taken from his Italian home.
* WhoShotJFK: Well, the Red Skull didn't shoot him, he just hired the guy who did.
-->'''Red Skull:''' Assassination isn't worth the trouble. It took me two years to find Sirhan. Three to find Oswald. The King job alone cost me over twenty million dollars. What do we get for our pains? Saints. Martyrs to the cause.
* WickedCultured: The Skull can be awfully poetic for a supervillain and it appears he's a fan of classical music. Additionally, once he's in the present, [[ManOfWealthAndTaste he's never seen without a crisp suit and tie.]] Bonus points for hiding his megaton detonator in his piano.
-->'''Red Skull:''' We are both tragedies. And now I send our tortured souls to rest.