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Superman III (1983)

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 (Robert Vaughn)discovers the hidden talents of Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), 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 <robetded@ix.netcom.com>

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The world's super hero in his toughest adventure yet! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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17 June 1983 (USA)  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,000,000 (USA)
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Christopher Reeve threatened not to return for this film in protest of the treatment of Richard Donner and also because he hated the script. With the film already in preproduction, the producers scrambled to find an actor to play Superman. John Travolta was approached but declined. Jeff Bridges and Kurt Russell were also considered but were also not interested. Finally with filming days away from beginning, the Salkinds settled on Tony Danza in the role of Clark Kent/Superman. Director Richard Lester was mortified with the casting of Danza and pleaded for Reeve to return. Reeve eventually agreed under the condition that he could make numerous changes to the script. The producers agreed and Christopher Reeve reprised his role as Superman. See more »

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The plastic bubble that encases Superman has a golden ring with a hole on it. It's clearly visible right before he blasts it with his heat vision. See more »

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[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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Version of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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