The Junior Defenders

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Twenty-five years after the cult-television hit "The Junior Defenders" was abruptly cancelled, the washed-up former child stars who played adolescent superheroes in the series are kidnapped by an obsessive fan and forced at gunpoint to act in a brand new episode. Back in 1978, "The Junior Defenders" beat out such small screen hits as Happy Days and All In the Family in the ratings to become a nationwide phenomenon. Then, seemingly out of the blue, ABS suddenly cancelled the series. The fans, a young Norman Nields included, were devastated. Twenty-five years later, Norman (Fred Hazelton) continues to fume about the cancellation - until one day when he hatches a crazed plan to get "The Junior Defenders" back on the air. After stealing a Winnebago, Norman sets set out on the freeway in a cross-country race to collect the four stars of the series and hijack a Hollywood soundstage in order to shoot a brand new episode of "The Junior Defenders" that he hopes will prove effective in launching a revival of the series. As the media catches wind of the scheme, the former child stars are thrilled to learn that they have achieved folk-hero status among fans who can't wait to see the spandex-clad crime-fighters back in action. Ally Sheedy, Brian O'Halloran, Justin Henry, and Jason David Frank star in a wild story of obsessive fandom featuring special appearances by Kevin Smith, Pauly Shore, and Bill Raymond, and narration by independent film legend John Waters.

Cast

Ally Sheedy
as Jill Fields
Brian O'Halloran
as Mitch Stone
Justin Henry
as Jimmy Fletcher
Fred Hazelton
as Norman Nields
William Raymond
as Bill Samuels
Art Patriquin
as Darryl Dunsmere
John Griesemer
as David Drake
Pauly Shore
as Himself
Peter Tork
as Himself
Kevin Smith
as Himself
John Waters
as Narrator
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  • Aug 21, 2008
    The Junior Defenders i guess would be considered a offbeat comedy that stars Alley Sheedy and Brian O Halloran of Clerks fame. the movie centers around a old long canceled tv show called the junior defenders which was a kids show in the 70's fast forward 25 years later and all the child stars have grown up and most have taken the usual wrong turns untill one crazed fan decides he wants to bring back the show he drives cross country kidnapping all the former actors. Pretty good comedy really worth checking out if you like offbeat comedies by say christopher guest or This is Spinal Tap also worth a watch for fans of O Halloran, Features cameos by John Waters, Kevin Smith and Pauley Shore
    ken j Super Reviewer

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