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SPECIAL (PX): SPECIOPRIN HYDROCHLORIDE
USA: Magnolia Pictures
UK: Revolver Entertainment
Cast: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Jost Peck, Robert Baker, Jack Kehler, Alexandra Holden, Christopher Darga, Patricia Ann Nelson, Erich Anderson, Karen Bryant, Amanda Carlin, Andrew Leeds, Ian McConnel, Franc Ross, Matthew Troyer, Michael Shamus Wiles
Directors: Hal Haberman; Jeremy Passmore
USA: 81 mins
UK: 82 mins
USA Rated: R for language, some violence and brief drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and infrequent bloody violence
USA Release Date: 21 November 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 17 November 2006 (Limited Release)
UK DVD Release Date: 5 March 2007
A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. SPECIAL is a movie about everyone else.
Les Franken (Michael Rapaport), a lonely parking enforcement officer who enjoys reading comic books, decides to take part in a clinical trial for a new and exciting antidepressant called 'Special'. An unexpected side effect of the drug renders him with superpowers - or so he thinks.
While his doctor dismisses the drug's side effects as an adverse psychological reaction to the medication, Les takes his cue from the comics he reads and embraces his newfound "powers" and quits his job to devote his life to fighting evil, real or imagined.