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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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Writers:
Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) &
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Release Date:
19 June 1981 (USA) See more »
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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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:
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)
 
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)
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)
 
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:
Originally, Richard Donner had filmed Superman talking to his father for Superman II (1980), but Marlon Brando sued for (and won) a share of the first film's profits. The lawsuit also awarded him a share of this film's profits, even though he doesn't appear in it. Brando's scenes were replaced by scenes with Superman's mother. Brando's scenes appear in Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006) (V) and briefly during a scene in Superman Returns (2006).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The faceplates of the astronauts' space suits are transparent, with no glare shield to filter out cosmic rays, direct sunlight or radiation.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Krypton guard:Alert, alert, alert.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Lovers Fly NorthSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Richard Donner Cut?
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?
Was Superman's amnesia kiss a real power he had in the comics?
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69 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
The Adventure Continues...or so we thought!, 23 March 2004
Author: TruPretender from Sundance, Utah

After the rushing into pre-production of Superman, Superman II footage remained in vaults in Pinewood Studios for the time being. This was where the cast and crew were supposed to pick up filming of Superman II in early February of 1979. However a new order was called in by producer Ilya Salkind. A new director to be exact, and that was the dellima of Superman II. In 1977-78, Richard Donner shot a near estimate of 80 % of Superman II simultaneously with Superman, but that is not the point. The point is that his version was a much more subtle version, which followed the characters emotions from the blockbuster first film, and had an exciting plot of Lois and Superman falling in love, villains killing earth beings, and Superman almost having to risk it all for the world...or the woman he loves! But when director Richard Lester came in to do reshoots and shoot all new scenes, he had a different vision in mind. His version was simple. Make the villains look like dumb butts, while Lois and Superman enjoy an unequal relationship where Lois is given the back seat treatment to mediocre looks and a Superman that would rather make the metropolis people laugh than save the world! As that is what so wrongly happens, we shall go over the facts. Superman and Lois are supposed to have the kind of love that EVERY American dreams of having. Donner insured this in never seen love scenes which would have garnered the film an R-rating. Lester's love scenes are cheap and tacky with hilarious dialogue and no wit to back it up. The villains scenes in the Donner version are cruel, ruthless, and downright evil. In Lester's scenes, the villains pronounce names wrong, look at eachother in stupidity, and act like imbeciles. The film had a good premise going for it: Superman has just saved the world from nuclear destruction and then the villains arrive and start destruction. Meanwhile, Lois and Superman fall in love. That was still the plot, but the myth and mystique which made the original film such a classic are nowhere to be seen here. Instead we get NASA jerks talking about a "curl" in space! Lester was really trashing the mythology with this peice of junk. America had thought that the second Superman film would be a film that they would remember. No such luck as one would have guessed. The film is basically two unfinished films sloppily put together in this turkey! Superman II is NOT without interest. In fact, alot of the scenes are fun to watch because of the action sequences. But it is true what others say, that it seems like Lester was trying at a Beatles/Superman film. Clumsy comedy and stupid chaos ensues as the villains blow through metropolis. Another thing that gets on this writer's nerves is when the townspeople are rooting for Superman in the battle sequence! This villains are trying to kill these people and what do they do? They don't run in fear as they should, but root for Superman when he beats the villains up, calling out rediculous dialogue such as "C'mon! Get 'em Superman!" as if they are present at a high school football match! Too much stupid writing and directing. I will always have respect for Superman II because the whole Superman series has been a part of my better memories in life for a long time. We have yet to see if the true version of Superman will ever be released on DVD, in the form of the Richard Donner cut, as so many fans like to call it. IT is really Ilya Salkinds cut, as he has the contract to the rights of ALL the films(including Supergirl) and their footage. All in all, Superman II fails on a lot of top levels but has the interest for lower levels. Only if Richard Donner's version gets released, will we as an audience and appreciative film viewers get the true experience of Superman II: The Adventure Continues!

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