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Superman II (1980)

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

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Storyline

Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals, General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa, (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran) from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. They descend upon Earth where they could finally rule. Superman, meanwhile, is in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals. Written by Keith Howley <lald@ptdprolog.net>

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Miraculously freed from eternal orbit, the three outlaws from Krypton descend to earth, for the ultimate confrontation. See more »


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Release Date:

19 June 1981 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,100,523, 21 June 1981

Gross USA:

$108,185,706
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Richard Donner Cut)

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(MegaSound encoding) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two "007" veterans contributed to the screenplay, although neither is credited. George MacDonald Fraser co-wrote Octopussy (1983). Guy Hamilton directed Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). Tom Mankiewicz, an uncredited co-Screenwriter of Superman (1978) and this film, also co-wrote the latter three 007 films. See more »

Goofs

When the army enters the small town to destroy Zod, Ursa, and Non, a helicopter comes in to fire missiles at General Zod. At one point, a motion picture camera and crew members appear in the foreground, covering the action from another angle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Krypton guard: Alert, alert, alert.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits incorporate an extensive amount of footage from the first Superman movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Office Spaceman (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Clark Fumbles Rescue
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Composed and Conducted by Ken Thorne
Original Material Composed by John Williams
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A spectacular movie
15 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

SUPERMAN II is one of the most exiting movies of all time. The original, as good as it was, didn't exactly heap on the thrills. This sequel makes up for it - and then some. It gets down to business immediately, with supervillains coming to Earth, and builds to unbearably tense climax in Metropolis. Some of the scenes are absolute classics; the three villains descending silently through space towards Earth is chillingly ominous; the bad guys storming the White House and confrounting the President himself; the brilliant double-bluff ending which will have you pleading, "Oh No!!" and then cheering "Oh Yes!!"; the bit when it looks like it's all over, and then newspapers in the street get blown about, the farmiliar theme strikes up and we know who's back; and the best scene of all with a beaten up Clark watching the President on TV. Incredible stuff. Forget the million bullets+ finale of Face/Off, the climactic confrontation in the night time streets of Metropolis is surely the most spectacular showdown in film history, with Superman and the bad guys in a incredible battle of the titans. The action is truly astonishing - they punch each other through ENTIRE skyscrapers, and throw BUSES at each other! Almost everything in their way gets demolished - cars fly through the air and smash into each other, people get blown down the street, it's an amazing, almost orgasmically destructive scene. This film is far better than any of the other films in the series, and easily better than the legion of multi-million dollar blockbusters laden with CGI and non-existent characters. The only thing wrong with it is the poor version of the incredible theme tune, and the Clark and Lois bits are a dull. Apart from that, an absolute classic, and so damn exciting.


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