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Superman III (1983)

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Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.



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Wealthy businessman Ross Webster discovers the hidden talents of Gus Gorman, a mischievous computer genius. Ross decides to abuse his talents, in a way to help Webster with his plans for economic control. When the man of steel interferes, something must be done about Supes. When Gus' synthetic Kryptonite fails to kill Superman, it turns him in an evil incarnation of his former self. The tar-laced Kryptonite pits man against himself, setting up the Clark vs. Superman battle. Written by Robb <>

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Superman vs. the king of computerized crime! See more »


Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

17 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Superman vs. Superman  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)


$60,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Noel Neill who played Lois Lane in both the Superman serials and the TV show can be viewed in a cameo as an old woman on the dais in Smallville just after Superman (Reeves) receives the key to the city. See more »


When Gus tries to gain access to the computer facility by showing the security guard a case full of spirits, the reflection in the door of Gus does not match what is being said. See more »


[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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Referenced in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) See more »


Love Theme
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Ken Thorne
Performed by Helen St. John
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
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It's not all that bad folks!
11 November 2006 | by (Albuquerque New Mexico) – See all my reviews

Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) who is a fun-loving computer genius has been hired by a mad rich computer company tycoon named Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn)to help him with his plans along with Ross's sister Vera (Annie Ross) and girlfriend Loreli (Pamela Stephenson) but Superman (Christopher Reeve)interferes with their plans as they must plot to stop Superman for good. Clark Kent revisits his old boyhood town called Smallville, where he is reunited with an old flame named Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) at a high school reunion during his visit. Gus comes up with a scheme to make a special kryptonite with tobacco tar to make Superman evil including splitting up with his personality so that way Gus and Webster can make their supercomputer that can control the world's energy, can Superman come back to normal or will the computer take over mankind?

Enjoyable sequel but not as awesome as the first two movies, Richard Lester who did his version of "Superman II" just added some unnecessary comedy relief such as the "Three Stooges"-esquire opening sequence that didn't help or that ludicrous video game footage but there was some good special effects and memorable moments like Clark Kent vs. Superman in the junkyard sequence or the part where Vera becomes a Dot Matrix from Spaceballs-like android, although Ms. Stephenson was pretty cute.

All in all it's that bad folks, just relax, enjoy and suspend your disbelief.

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