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Superman II (1980)

 -  Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi  -  19 June 1981 (USA)
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Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, 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 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, who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals. Written by Keith Howley <lald@ptdprolog.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The three outlaws from Krypton descend to Earth to confront the Man of Steel in a cosmic battle for world supremacy. See more »

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Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Superman 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$108,200,000 (USA)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Richard Donner Cut)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Hackman did not return for the second film. All of his scenes were originally filmed by director Richard Donner. Existing scenes that required Hackman used a look-alike and a voice impersonator to add any lines needed. See more »

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When the county sheriff and his deputy first encounter Zod, Ursa, and Non, after discharging the shotgun, Zod throws it and it lands in front of the passenger side rear wheel. When Non lifts the patrol car to retrieve the weapon, it has moved behind the wheel. See more »

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[first lines]
Krypton guard: Alert, alert, alert.
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Opening credits incorporate an extensive amount of footage from the first Superman movie. See more »

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Pick Up the Pieces
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Excellent film from the days when a good story was essential!
10 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not many films from the 70's have stood the test of time but those that have had one basic fact in common: "a good story". The fact that this film has a great story as well as some of the best special effects available in the 1970s is perhaps the reason for it's success. If you are reading this thread and have not seen this film you must certainly be from another planet.

I will not spoil this film by telling you the plot or anything that happens in the film as others more worthy of my name ("filmspoiler") have done. I will only say that this film joins the very few (Terminator 2, Back to the future 2, Final Destination 2) sequels that are as good as, if not better than, there prequels. I only hope that the 2006 remake "Superman Returns" is 30 years ahead of it's time!!

(PS: Above comments written by someone old enough to remember the much older "Rocket Man" TV series)


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