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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.

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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 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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Awards:
4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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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)
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)
 
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 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)
 
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)
Chris Parsons .... double: Jimmy Olsen - uncredited (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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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:
Warner Bros. released the film in Europe at the end of 1980, and in the U.S. in the summer of 1981.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Superman and Lois fly to the Fortress of Solitude. After Superman gives up his powers, they have no way to return to civilization. Somehow, they get back to Metropolis safely.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Krypton guard:Alert, alert, alert.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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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122 out of 164 people found the following review useful.
The Adventure Continues...or so we thought!, 24 March 2004
Author: TruPretender from Sundance, Utah

This film can be summed up in two words. Superman Trouble. That is the case. There are two versions of the film "Superman II." One is the vision of acclaimed director Richard Donner, full of color flourishes, and camera work by the late Geoffrey Unsworth. The second, is the vision put on director Richard Lester, by choice of the film's producers, Alexander and Ilya Salkind. Both the films contain the same story and characters, but each was shot with a different tone, different dialogue and footage, which clash with intention. So in the end, footage from each are woven into one movie which film buffs all over the world will notice is somewhat difficult to grasp. Due to the different directing styles of each director, the final cut of Superman II ends up being a cliche work of special effects, mismatched character analysis, and central themes. The film deals with Superman and Lois falling in love, and the three super villains from the prologue of the first film landing on earth and ultimately trying to take over. Very intense stuff. But this is where we as an audience need to know all the facts, and here they are: The first version of Superman II, known as "Superman II: The Adventure Continues" was directed by Richard Donner and supposed to be straight forward with serious tones and action packed sequences. This version was shot simultaneously with the original "Superman" in 1977-78. Originally to be released back to back with the original, "Superman II" was filmed with vigorous explosions, dangerous situations, and tense, irrefutable drama. In the opening, a female liberation symbol, Lois Lane, tries to prove that Clark Kent is Superman by throwing herself out a window, knowing that Clark(Superman) will fly out and save her. In another scene, Superman gives up his powers and nearly kills himself, only to get them back later on, nearly killing himself again. This nailbittingly tense script brought back old characters and was to bring the original "Superman" to a full closure. All actors are fully concentrated and the print is a paragon. 80& of this film was finished when the producers fired director Donner due to some arguments that are still unknown to this day, and replaced him with director Richard Lester, and thusly, "Superman II: The Adventure Continues" was culminated. This is where the Richard Lester vision of the film comes into place. Simply titles "Superman II", the Richard Lester version is full of clumsy comedy, amateur plotting, and is nowhere near as affective as the Donner version. Lester is a comic director, whom had worked on the previous Beatles films, "Help" and "Hard Days Night" and had no experience directing any international blockbusters. To give him more credit than Richard Donner, the producers rewrote most of the footage that Donner shot and went in with the actors for re-shoots...even though Donner had already taken care of this! The villains are portrayed here as careless and comic, whereas in Donner's version they were cold as steel, and not to be messed with. In one re-shot scene, we see three villains who are Superman's foes land on earth and take interest in a snake. The snake bites the female villain and instead of showing her wrath on nature, as was seen in Donner's moon scene which she kills an innocent astronaut in cold blood, she sets the reptile on fire and giggles about it! Central themes of love and home were lost because of this as well. Because of budget problems and deadline, the producers could not finish the re-shoot and "Superman II", and had to fill the gaps with Donner footage from the vault, making "Superman II" confusing and abstruce, and that is what made "Superman II" an atavistic failure. 70% of the film is clumsy, contrived comedy and useless violence, while 30% of the film is straight forward, full of munificent morals and such. The final cut has one scene showing the villains breaking into the white house and consequently taking over the world, with sheer John Williams music, the next scene you see them bored and incoherently complaining about being on a world where "mankind doesn't even resist." The first film "Superman" had morals of justice, and the American way, while the second film was supposed to show morals of love and home, and earthly pleasures that remind people of the good in the world-in a sense, taking along with the "truth, justice, and the American way." This message was lost between the footage by raconteur Donner and comic Lester. Nonetheless, the film was a box office success, and many critics, including the late Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert praised the film for it's portrayal of good versus evil in the modern day society. Some of the footage shot by Donner that was not put into the final cut of the film has since been seen on network television showings and bootlegs, but not all of it. The original opening which gave the film a better sense of dangerous excitement, scenes involving Kal-El and his father were scrapped(Due to the Marlon Brando court case) and the full original ending have all been locked away in London vaults and never before seen by anyone. So on the all in all level, "Superman II" fails because it is nothing more than two films put together, one a comedy, one an action drama, and this keeps "Superman II' from being anything close to what the original has become.

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