November 11, 2008

Hilarious and Touching ‘SPECIAL’ Starring Michael Rapaport to Premiere As a Sneak Preview on HDNet Movies

DALLAS, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- HDNet Movies presents a Sneak Preview of the movie SPECIAL, starring Michael Rapaport, Wednesday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET.


Leonard Maltin calls SPECIAL, "...a clever and interesting film that belies its modest budget. Michael Rapaport's exceptional performance really sets it apart."

Chris Kelly of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram adds, "SPECIAL packs an emotional wallop that puts most Hollywood works to shame. A witty hybrid of UNBREAKABLE and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM."

In the film, Les Franken (Michael Rapaport) is a kind-hearted and soft-spoken man who loves reading comic books.

He leads a painfully unremarkable life as a meter-maid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant.

An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in a superhero.

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SPECIAL is the latest installment in the HDNet Movies "Sneak Preview" series. Only HDNet Movies presents exclusive "Sneak Previews" of films to viewers before they premiere in theaters. All Sneak Preview films are free to HDNet Movies subscribers.

HDNet Movies will offer SPECIAL as a special Sneak Preview on Wednesday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET, with encore presentations at 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET.

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