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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.
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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Writers:
Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) &
Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman) ...
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Release Date:
19 June 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Miraculously freed from eternal orbit, the three outlaws from Krypton descend to earth, for the ultimate confrontation. See more »
Plot:
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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(630 articles)
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Cast

  (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)
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)
 
Stunts
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)
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 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)
 
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
Allan James .... location manager (uncredited)
Sarah Lucraft .... junior assistant accountant (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Paul Tivers .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Howard R. Schuster .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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

Did You Know?

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 the original Superman (1978), also co-wrote the latter three 007 films.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Superman throws an obvious dummy at the Coca-Cola sign.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Krypton guard:Alert, alert, alert.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Forty Deuce (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pick Up the PiecesSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Richard Donner Cut?
How did Superman regain his powers?
Was Superman's amnesia kiss a real power he had in the comics?
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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Superman's only worthy sequel, 23 June 2003
Author: the_mysteriousx

For those who are into the comic book movie craze today, this one is one of the best comic-y movies from the beginning of the summer blockbuster heyday. The original Superman is really an excellent film with solid, honest direction by Richard Donner. Donner shot around half of this sequel and his scenes are all excellent (Note: Every Gene Hackman scene was shot by Donner - Hackman refused to return to production after Donner was fired).

There is still much hope that Donner's footage will re-surface. Most importantly of all there are vital scenes with Marlon Brando returning as Superman's father, Jor-El and giving his "life" to save his son and save the planet from the evil villains he vanquished from Krypton. It would also be interesting for audiences to see the difference between Donner's scenes and the ones re-shot by Lester.

The characters are great. Superman, played by Christopher Reeve, is in solid form and he and Lois are given the opportunity to enhance their relationship from the original story. Jackie Cooper is once again great as Perry White, the chief editor of the Daily Planet.

What makes this movie move is the villains. Gene Hackman is funnier and still up to no good and the villains from Krypton are menacing. His dialogue is truly witty and Hackman's timing is perfect. Terence Stamp is the power hungry General Zod, out for revenge against the son of Jor-El. Stamp plays it straight and his scenes directed by Donner show a true megalomaniac. Jack O'Halloran is solid as the hulking Non.

Best of all is Sarah Douglas as the cold and evil Ursa in a truly underrated performance. She is the most curious and most interesting of the bunch. She collects badges as trophies for her conquering of earth, wearing them to mock human hierarchy. Ursa seems to be a forerunner of all of the sexy female superwoman today, but her role is not overstated and stale. She is not given gratuitous cleavage shots or anything of the sort. Ursa is a beautiful vamp and a tease, and if anything we wish she would have more screen time. Sarah Douglas constantly gives us hints as to Ursa's wishes, and we can only try to surmise what evil plans she is up to.

The music is John Williams' score from the first film, but used differently. Not sure if much of the music is original. Ken Thorne does a good job here of accenting cuts with Williams' original score (Williams too refused to return after Donner was fired.) Some great cues are Superman returning to fight the villains, which is wonderfully heroic; Ursa's shocking appearance to both the astronauts on the moon (a violent scene that uses the darkest motifs from Krypton in the first film); and the whole Metropolis battle in the end, which is well supported by the music.

The effects are very good for 1980. I keep reading how people are unhappy and always apologize for the FX in any movie more than a couple of years old. This one is solid and for the film it serves, does well. The only major goof is when Superman delivers the American Flag at the end - The water fountain in front of the White House is clearly a model with "frozen" bursting water! The scene in the de-powering chamber is not well-handled either.

Overall, this is a very entertaining film, and really amazingly considering it is obviously the work of two directors. Of all the comic book movies made from the 60s thru the 90s, this one definitely rates in the top five along with the first Superman, the first two Batmans. Supermans 3 and 4 were really poor. It is too bad that Christopher Reeve did not make more good Superman films. This one has some camp, but it's way too entertaining and it's the only sequel to still have the flavor of the original. And please, let's see a special edition DVD with all of the missing Richard Donner footage!!!!!

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