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Superman II -- Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.
Superman II -- Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.


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Miraculously freed from eternal orbit, the three outlaws from Krypton descend to earth, for the ultimate confrontation. See more »
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Lex Luthor

Christopher Reeve ... Superman / Clark Kent

Ned Beatty ... Otis

Jackie Cooper ... Perry White

Sarah Douglas ... Ursa

Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane

Jack O'Halloran ... Non

Valerie Perrine ... Eve Teschmacher

Susannah York ... Lara

Clifton James ... Sheriff

E.G. Marshall ... The President

Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen

Terence Stamp ... General Zod
Leueen Willoughby ... Leueen
Robin Pappas ... Alice
Roger Kemp ... Spokesman
Roger Brierley ... Terrorist #1
Anthony Milner ... Terrorist #2

Richard Griffiths ... Terrorist #3
Melissa Wiltsie ... Nun
Alain Dehay ... Gendarme
Marc Boyle ... C.R.S. Man
Alan Stuart ... Cab Driver

John Ratzenberger ... Controller #1

Shane Rimmer ... Controller #2
John Morton ... Nate
Jim Dowdall ... Boris (as Jim Dowdell)

Angus MacInnes ... Prison Warden (as Angus McInnes)

Antony Sher ... Bell Boy
Elva Mai Hoover ... Mother (as Elva May Hoover)
Hadley Kay ... Jason
Todd Woodcroft ... Father

John Hollis ... Krypton Elder

Gordon Rollings ... Fisherman
Peter Whitman ... Deputy Dwayne
Bill Bailey ... J.J.
Dinny Powell ... Boog
Hal Galili ... Man in Diner

Marcus D'Amico ... Willie
Jack Cooper ... Dino (as Jackie Cooper)

Richard LeParmentier ... Reporter (as Richard Parmentier)
Don Fellows ... General

Michael Shannon ... President's Aide (as Michael J. Shannon)
Tony Sibbald ... Presidential Imposter
Tommy Duggan ... Diner Owner
Pamela Mandell ... Waitress
Pepper Martin ... Rocky

Eugene Lipinski ... Newsvendor
Cleon Spencer ... Kid #1
Carl Parris ... Kid #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... French Officer at the White House (uncredited)
Norman Chancer ... White House Aide (uncredited)
Oz Clarke ... Terrorist 4 (uncredited)

Richard Donner ... Man Walking by Diner (uncredited)
Jeff East ... Teenage Clark Kent in Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Cop (uncredited)

Glenn Ford ... Jonathan Kent in Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steven Lezak ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... American Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Soldier (uncredited)
Beth Porter ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Joe Praml ... Man with Dark Glasses in Alaskan Bar (uncredited)
Eric Stine ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Burnell Tucker ... White House Aide (uncredited)
Joe Walsh ... Sailor Baby (uncredited)
Terry Walsh ... KFC Man / French Officer (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Inmate (Working in prison Laundry) (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lester 
Richard Donner (uncredited)
Writing credits
Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) &
Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman)

Mario Puzo (story)

Mario Puzo (screenplay) &
David Newman (screenplay) &
Leslie Newman (screenplay)

Tom Mankiewicz  uncredited

Produced by
Ilya Salkind .... executive producer
Pierre Spengler .... producer
Original Music by
Ken Thorne 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter  (as Bob Paynter)
Geoffrey Unsworth 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
John Barry 
Peter Murton 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow 
Ernest Archer 
Charles Bishop 
Norman Reynolds 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
Peter Young 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Sue Yelland  (as Susan Yelland)
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
Bobbie Smith .... hairdresser
Joan White .... hairdresser
Nick Dudman .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Graham Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nick Maley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Cecil F. Ford .... production supervisor: Niagara (as Cecil Ford)
Tim Hampton .... production supervisor: Paris
Allan James .... unit manager
Vincent Winter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Button .... assistant director
Raoul Girard .... assistant director
Robert Lynn .... second unit director
Terry Madden .... assistant director
Christopher Newman .... assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Paul Storey .... assistant director
Dusty Symonds .... assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... assistant director
David Tomblin .... second unit director
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Ivor Beddoes .... illustrator
Larry Cleary .... construction manager
Peter Dunlop .... buyer
Maurice Fowler .... supervising art director
John Lanzer .... buyer
Jim Morahan .... assistant art director
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer (uncredited)
David Coley .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Fern .... construction engineer (uncredited)
Robert Jackson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Paul Laugier .... draftsman (uncredited)
Bob Sherwood .... dressing prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roy Charman .... sound mixer
Mike Hopkins .... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Archie Ludski .... dubbing editor
Don Sharpe .... dubbing editor
Paul Smith .... dubbing editor
Sarah Vickers .... dubbing editor
Jonathan Andrews .... front projection unit boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Desbois .... audio playback operator (uncredited)
Richard Lightman .... foley artist (uncredited)
Regina Mullen .... adr assistant (uncredited)
Mike Tucker .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... director of special effects
Robert Harman .... flying effects (as Bob Harman)
Jimmy Benson .... special effects (uncredited)
Chris Corbould .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Neil Corbould .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Evans .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Brian Warner .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ivor Beddoes .... matte artist
Denys N. Coop .... director of photography: flying unit (as Denys Coop)
Dick Dimbleby .... optical printer
Dave Docwra .... optical printer (as David Docwra)
Doug Ferris .... matte artist
Roy Field .... supervisor of optical & visual effects
Peter Hammond .... matte camera operator
Peter Harman .... matte camera operator
Derek Meddings .... director of miniature effects & additional flying sequences
Zoran Perisic .... special effects director: flying unit
David Speed .... zoptic operator
Peter Watson .... optical & special effects editor
Paul Wilson .... director of photography: miniature unit
Janice Body .... visual effects technician (uncredited)
Martin Body .... rostrum cameraman (uncredited)
Costas Charitou .... titles & opticals: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
Peter Dorme .... model effects (uncredited)
Keith Holland .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
John Inglis .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Tad Krzanowski .... model effects (uncredited)
Jim Machin .... model maker (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
Jacob Rupp .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Bob Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Christopher Reeve (uncredited)
David Brandon .... stunts (uncredited)
Cyd Child .... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Condren .... stunts (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Sue Crosland .... stunts (uncredited)
Graeme Crowther .... stunts (uncredited)
Clive Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Dean .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Stuart Fell .... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
John Gallant .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Gillard .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Tom Hegarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Horrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
Arthur Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
Wendy Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark McBride .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Munt .... stunts (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts (uncredited)
Stuart St. Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Johan Thorén .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Campbell .... focus puller
Steve Claydon .... focus puller (as Stephen Claydon)
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator (as Freddy Cooper)
David Garfath .... camera operator
Ginger Gemmel .... camera operator (as Ginger Gemmell)
Ron Goodman .... Wesscam photographer (as Ronald Goodman)
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
John Harris .... camera operator
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator
John Morgan .... camera operator
Jeff Paynter .... focus puller
Cervin Robinson .... process stills: New York
Jonathan Taylor .... focus puller
Chic Waterson .... camera operator (as Chick Waterson)
David Wynn-Jones .... first assistant camera
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller
Brian Ellis .... focus puller (uncredited)
Phillip Grosvenor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Nick Houston .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Nick Schlesinger .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Warren .... video operator: flying unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Debbie McWilliams .... casting: England
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Nicolas Gomez .... editorial assistant (as Nicolas Gomez)
Peter Holt .... assistant editor
Bob Mullen .... assistant editor
Colin Wilson .... assistant editor
Russ Woolnough .... assistant editor (as Russell Woolnough)
Paul Hamill .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Allan James .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
John Richards .... music mixer
John Richards .... music recordist
Ken Thorne .... conductor
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... financial consultant (as Franz Afman)
Trudy Balen .... secretary to producer
Joy Bayley .... production assistant
Chris Coles .... coordinator: New York (as Christopher Coles)
Pamela Davies .... continuity (as Pamela Davis)
Quinn Donoghue .... promotional consultant
Sue Hausner .... secretary to the executive producer
Geoffrey Helman .... production executive
Graham Henderson .... accountant
Bobbie Johnson .... assistant accountant
Katya Kolpaktchy .... assistant continuity
Harry Lange .... consultant: astronautics
Tom Mankiewicz .... creative consultant
Doris Martin .... continuity
Maria Monreal .... executive assistant to producers
Douglas Noakes .... production accountant
Patricia O'Reilly .... promotional assistant
Mahesh Rajguru .... accountant
Armand Rubin .... sales consultant
Alexander Salkind .... presenter
Christine Samways .... assistant accountant
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Robert Simmonds .... production executive
Michele Tandy .... assistant accountant
Betty Williams .... accounts secretary
Tony Dyson .... robotics (uncredited)
Sarah Lucraft .... junior assistant accountant (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Chris Parsons .... double: Jimmy Olsen - uncredited (uncredited)
Paul Tivers .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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127 min | USA:116 min (Richard Donner Cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (MegaSound encoding) (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Features two actors who appeared in both this film and a James Bond film, both times playing similar roles; Shane Rimmer plays a ground control crew member in both Superman II (1980) and You Only Live Twice (1967), whilst Clifton James plays the Sherrif in Superman II (1980) and Sherrif J.W Pepper in Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man With the Golden Gun (1974).See more »
Continuity: After Clark is beaten up in the diner after giving up his powers, and realizes Zod, Ursa, and Non are wreaking havoc on Earth, Lois tries to console him by saying "You didn't know." Clark responds, "He knew." He was referring to his father, whose scenes were filmed with Marlon Brando before they were cut. In the film that was released, Superman's mother tried to convince him to keep his powers.See more »
[first lines]
Krypton guard:Alert, alert, alert.
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Aerial Battle - Superman Saves SpireSee more »


Wouldn't the process of removing Zod's, Ursa's & Non's powers be as painful for them as it plainly was for Superman the 1st time?
How did Superman regain his powers?
Was Superman's amnesia kiss a real power he had in the comics?
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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
If there was a greater sequel..., 3 October 2006
Author: dee.reid from United States

(I just couldn't wait for the director's cut, so anything I say here might soon be outdated.)

"Superman II," directed in 1980 by Richard Lester, is probably the best sequel of the first wave of superhero movies. "Superman II" is big, goofy fun, with a sense of action, romance, and humor that wouldn't quite be seen again in the genre until last year's "Fantastic Four." "Superman II" is one of the great sequels, despite its sloppy editing and a controversial back-story worthy of a movie of its own.

We know that "Superman" (1978) director, Richard Donner, was originally supposed to direct the sequel but was fired under highly suspicious and (to this day) unknown circumstances following a dispute with that film's producers, the Salkinds. Supposedly, it began with issues over creative direction. Compounding that, Donner had gone over the originally planned budget for "Superman," and the Salkinds had been rushing the poor man to complete the film. Conversely, Marlon Brando (Jor-El in "Superman"), didn't want to be in the second movie and filed suit over his percentage of that film's earnings. Simultaneously, Donner had also been shooting footage for "Superman II" and had completed somewhere around 75% of it between 1976-1978 before he was fired. But of course, the lore is well-known to those who pay attention to this film's history, and what I just described were probably the biggest reasons for Donner's removal.

Lester was brought in after Donner, scrapped most of Donner's footage, and replaced it with his own material that was filmed between '79-'80 (to the untrained eye, the different footage appears seamless but to those aware of "Superman II's" history, it'll be a lot like a shooting gallery for continuity errors). Only about 25% of the original scenes Donner filmed are in the movie we know today, with jarring transitions between scenes since nearly three years had passed between the two directors' filming of scenes. This all caused a near-mutinous insurrection on the set, and many of the actors (Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve - R.I.P., Margot Kidder, and Terence Stamp) were quite vocal about this; Hackman refused to appear in any of Lester's new scenes and it's easy to tell when a body double is being used.

Original composer John Williams also walked away from the project following Donner's removal, and was replaced by Ken Thorne, who takes material from Williams's score and merely covers it with his own in much the same way Lester did with Donner. Lastly, cinematographer Robert Paynter gave a comic book look to the film that conflicted with the sparkling, epic cinematography of the late Geoffrey Unsworth. What we get, to paraphrase another viewer, is "sloppy seconds," but still an enjoyable and moving experience in its right. "Superman II" still made a box office killing in 1981, so it couldn't have been that bad (?). (Hopefully, this will all be cured by the new Richard Donner cut that's due out on Nov. 28 later this year, which should include more of Donner's original material, more Hackman footage, Marlon Brando, more violence and story dealing with the three Krypton villains' task on Earth, more scenes with Reeve and Kidder, completed special effects, a new opening and ending - ?, and Lester footage to fill in the gaps.)

In "Superman II," the Man of Steel, as Clark Kent (Reeve), is getting serious with Lois Lane (Kidder), and considers giving up being Superman. If he were to do this, however, he will become a normal human being, with no way to restore his powers, and no way to stand up to a diner's bullying customer. This romantic infatuation probably could not have come at a worse time because a nuclear explosion in outer space shatters the Phantom Zone, the eternal prison of three outcasts from Superman's home planet Krypton. The blast frees the traitorous head of Krypton's military forces, General Zod (Stamp), the man-hating Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and the brutish Non (Jack O'Halloran), who then make a bee-line for Earth in a bid for world domination. Once on Earth, they discover they have all of Superman's powers, and then some. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Hackman) manages to escape from prison (with help from Miss Teschmacher, played by Valerie Perrine), leaving a hapless Otis (Ned Beatty) behind, and sets out on a quest to the North Pole to find the Fortress of Solitude using a device he constructed while incarcerated.

What this all climaxes in, is an action-packed (if not somewhat slapstick) special effects bonanza that takes place in the skies over Metropolis, with Superman and the three Krypton villains going head to head. It's really exciting stuff to see Superman grappling with the new experience of fighting three adversaries of his power level.

Is "Superman II" a failure? Yes, because it betrays what was originally laid out by a great director and is probably one of the great, early examples of Hollywood "chopping & screwing." "Superman II" is still highly regarded as a cult classic, and director Sam Raimi makes a few nods with "Spider-Man 2" (2004). I can see that DC Comics is making a comeback; if original Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster could see these films, I bet they'd be proud.

P.S.: R.I.P. - Marlon Brando


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