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Superman II -- Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman and an all-star cast are back again in this sequel to the box office smash that continues the great adventures of the Man of Steel.
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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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19 June 1981 (USA) See more »
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:
Miquel Brown ... Reporter at Daily Planet (uncredited)

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 .... 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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Warner Bros. released the film in Europe at the end of 1980, and in the U.S. in the summer of 1981.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Superman flies down in front of the Empire State Building to catch the falling antenna, you can see the monofilament wire used for the Superman doll to glide down.See more »
[first lines]
Krypton guard:Alert, alert, alert.
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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?
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51 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Superhero Movie Ever Made, 31 December 1999
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

I have a confession to make. I love Superman II. Such innocent, almost niave, filmmaking, it personifies the term "family entertainment" and is, simply, great fun to watch.

Other superheroes have floundered at the box office, and maybe this is to do with lack of affinity between the makers and the source material. Certainly, the Superman films are tongue-in-cheek but never so that they're disrespectful to their content or their audience. The Crow was a good example of the "graphic novel" set, and the Batman series did well under the underrated Michael Keaton, but floundered under the flat Val Kilmer and increasingly childish set-pieces. The less said about "Batman and Robin" the better.

Of course, Superman had his own "Batman and Robin" in the guise of "Superman VI: The Quest For Peace", a movie made four years after the third and with seemingly a fraction of the budget. But Superman II was the series at its' peak. The theme music, a startling Star Wars sound-a-like by John Williams, fades to edited recaps of the previous film. These involve Superman as a baby being sent from the destruction of his home planet and are cleverly spliced together so as to avoid having to pay Marlon Brando any more royalties. (Yet we do see Brando's hand. Surely that's worth half a million?). 20% of this movie was shot alongside the 1978 vehicle and so we get reminded in this sequence of the three Kryptonian villains, about to be accidentally released by Superman in a h-bomb explosion.

This was still in the days when films were properly constructed to allow for a genuine build-up, a fully-formed middle and a proper end. Even minor players, such as Perry White (Jackie Cooper) have great lines and characterisation thrusted upon them. This may be just a "fun" movie, but it is lovingly put together, not "thrown together" as many films are. All the actors are wonderful, Christopher Reeve is just right as Superman, Margot Kidder is the definitive Lois Lane (despite almost drowning in soft focus for her close-ups) and Gene Hackman is, of course, absolutely hilarious as Lex Luthor.

But my favourite player in this sequel is Terence Camp as General Zod. Terence plays Zod exactly the same as he plays Bernadette in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and makes great work of the lead villain that must be, in Hollywood circles, always English. "Why do you say these things when you know I will kill you for it?" he minces to Hackman with great effect.

Of course, now twenty years old, this film is less "You'll believe a man can fly" than "You'll believe a man can swing on wires in front of an unconvincing backdrop" but this is still wonderful entertainment. Maybe the middle section, with Clark getting cut to ribbons after being thrown through a plate glass window is a little violent, as is the confrontation between Superman and the trio of villains. There's also the nagging feeling that this section is the biggest single example of product placement ever seen on film. Or is it coincidence that a Superman who featured in a comicbook anti-smoking campaign (against "Nick O'Teen", no less) is continually thrown into a Malboro van? Even Zod gets to know "things look better with Coca-Cola" as he is unceremoniously hurled into a neon sign for the corporation.

But these are minor gripes, and how anyone can hold them against such a harmless film is beyond me. Superman II isn't Citizen Kane by any means, but I defy you to sit through this movie and not love it.

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