Debuting on The John Byner Comedy Hour, Super Dave Osbourne was really Bob Einstein, the brother of Albert Brooks. At one point — thankfully, right? — he got to spin the character into his own movie, which he wrote with Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton and Don Lake. It was directed by Peter MacDonald, who does a lot of second unit directing, but whose actual directing career is truly all over the place, with movies as different as Rambo III, Legionnaire, Mo’ Money, The NeverEnding Story III: Return to Fantasia and reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Super Dave survives a near-fatal accident — that’s every time he performs — and learns that he’s broke. His boss has embezzled from him and he loses his home, causing him to retire and settle down with Sandy (Gia Carides) and her son Timmy (Carl Michael Lindner). He needs heart surgery, so Super Dave comes out of retirement to try to outstunt his enemy, Gil Ruston (Dan Hedaya). There’s also Super Dave Jr. (Steve Van Wormer), a young stuntman who also turns on our hero. Luckily, Super Dave has assistant stunt coordinator Fuji Hakayito (Art Irizawa), and sportscaster Mike Walde on his side.
This movie sat on the shelf for two years before going straight to video. I think that if you love Super Dave, well, this is for you. It’s for me. And if you don’t know who he is, well…either this is a good opportunity to learn.
I read a review of this that said that this movie was made for one person and wondered why it was made. Well, as that one person, I’m glad to say it’s in my collection.
The Kino Lorber blu ray release has new commentary by MacDonald, moderated by historian and filmmaker Daniel Kremer, plus a trailer. You can get it from Kino Lorber.