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Supersonic Man (1979)

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Superhero Kronos, from a distant galaxy, tangles with mad scientist Cameron Mitchell over the fate of mankind.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Cantafora ...
Paul (as Michael Coby)
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Dr. Gulik (as Cameron Mitchel)
José Luis Ayestarán ...
Kronos / Supersonic (as Richard Yesteran)
Diana Polakov ...
Patricia Morgan / Gordon (as Diana Polakow)
José María Caffarel ...
Prof. Morgan / Gordon (as John Caffarel)
Frank Braña ...
Peterson (as Frank Brana)
Javier De Campos ...
Borracho (as Javier Cameos)
Tito García ...
Joe
Quique Camoiras ...
Bill
Luis Barboo ...
Harrison
Ángel Ter ...
Cocinero italiano
Emilio Higuera ...
Lugarteniente de Peterson (as Emilio Higueras)
Luis Castilla
Frank A. Sánchez
Emilio Fornet ...
Borracho del bar
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An alien, "Supersonic Man," is sent to Earth to thwart the plans of evil men who would destroy the galaxy itself with their weapons. Only his superpowers, which include flight, bulletproof skin, and the ability to turn guns into bananas, can save Earth from destruction. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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The script lifts a scene from the screenplay of Superman (1978) that was not in the original theatrical release of Superman but can be found in the new video and DVD release, almost verbatim. It's the one where the hero (Superman/Supersonic) enters the underground lair of the villain (Lex Luthor/Dr. Gulik) and has to pass through some corridors where he is shot, frozen, and burnt. See more »

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In the French Restaurant, the hand that Patricia holds the cigarette with jumps between her face and the table between shots. See more »

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Professor Morgan: Why must you persist in this reckless folly? What advantage can you gain from the illusion of power you can neither understand or successfully control? Don't you realize that moral forces greater than yourself will ensure that your attempt at usurpation of supreme power must fail?
Gulik: You dream, old man. And it's a bad dream! Morality, what the hell is that? Good over evil? Morality is finished. It's over! So naive. Who? Who will stop me? Not this foolish man in red with the blue face. Not this ...
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Below average superhero movie in which an extraterrestrial robust takes on a crazy scientific
26 May 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Superhero Kronos , an alien, called "Supersonic Man," (a bodybuilder and former Tarzan , Richard Yesteran) is sent to Earth to decide the fate of mankind and thwart the schemes of evil men who would destroy the galaxy itself with their weapons from a distant galaxy . Supersonic is also given a human identity , Paul (Michael Coby or Antonio Cantafora) , a journalist who can change back to superhero by activating a watch device . But a nutty mad doctor named Gulik (Cameron Mitchell), supported by his hoodlums (Frank Braña, Luis Barboo), has evil plans , as he wants to rule the planet and abduct Patricia (Diana Polakov) , an eminent scientific (Jose Maria Caffarel)'s daughter and Supersonic's love interest . At the end our hero , Supersonic , enters the underground lair of the villain and has to pass through some corridors where he is shot, frozen, and burnt.

This is a humdrum adaptation based on Superman movies from a screenplay by the same filmmaker , Juan Piquer Simón ; as the plot lifts some scene from the script of Superman by Richard Donner . This is a pretty entertaining superhero movie though packs absurd situations and cheesy frames . Supersonic man and his human alter ego Paul were not played by the same actor , he was played by a Spanish and Italian actor respectively . Atmospheric as well as ridiculous super hero movie contains bemusing scenes when appears the bouncing He man and takes place his confrontation to nasty hoodlums in some lousily made scenes , including primitive special effects . The picture has numerous "older technique" FX such as transparency , matte paintings, rubber-suited enemies , reverse-footage to create certain images ; all of them were made by Emilio Ruiz Del Rio , Francisco Prosper and the same director , Juan Piquer . As this superhero possesses mighty powers such as flying , sensational strength , throwing fire and transforming handguns into bananas , all of them being recreated by means of traditional effects . You will watch it and think it is either awful , hilarious, a masterpiece, or all three . It's a slight fun with embarrassing images , naive special effects , horrible musical score with awful songs by Gino Pecuri , campy set decoration and below average art direction . Although critics do not appreciate much this picture ; however has a kind of loopy, Ed Wood quality that must be endured to be totally considered . The fable is sometimes silly and laughable , though a few naif effects and action are professionally made . Some illogical parts in the argument are more than compensated for the excitement provided by Sonic man though some flying scenes are a little bit cheesy . While not a hit during its original run, the film became a limited success when reissued nearly 30 years later deemed to be one of the best worst films of cinema history .

The motion picture was lousily directed by Juan Piquer . Juan , who goes by "J.P. Simon" on foreign releases , began in films as a writer and assistant director and continued his career by making short films and documentaries . Juan has produced and directed "exploitation" pictures for two decades running . He was one of the main directors of the Spanish horror boom in the 70s and 80s specially for his quartet of horror films as ¨Escalofrio¨, ¨Slugs¨ , ¨Cthulhu Mansion¨ and his greatest success and immensely popular ¨Pieces¨ . Juan owns his own studio and created and/or designed many of the simple and primitive special effects sequences you see in any of his many imaginative undertakings . Piquer , who recently passed away, was a good craftsman who realized a lot of amusing as well as entertaining films . Juan Piquer who was director of the Mostra of Valencia (Spain) , displayed a professional career and specialized on all kind of genres as Terror , Sci-fi (The rift , The new Extraterrestres, Supersonic man) and made some adaptations about Jules Verne novels ("Fabulous Journey to the Center of the Earth" , "Mystery on Monster Island") . While his films have been universally panned by the prestigious reviewers, they have a kind of quality that must be endured to be utterly appreciated .


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