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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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Superman vs. Superman  »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,000,000 (USA)
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Gus steals half a cent from every employee. Given that he collects around 85,000 dollars every time, the company must have around 17,000,000 employees. See more »

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When Gus has skis on the roof, he wears leather shoes. When he smashes through the railing, he wears ski boots. He wears ski boots again on the angled glass ceiling, then regular leather shoes when he lands on the street. See more »

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[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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Soundtracks

No See, No Cry
Performed by Chaka Khan
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Keith Forsey
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
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Richard Pryor and Richard Lester and two Supermans... What else could a man want?
31 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie, for those of you think it's really bad because it's too ridiculous, you must not read too many of the comics. The very first comics I never read were Superman comics, and that was when I hadn't even got into kindergarten, and let me tell you, they could be pretty silly but never boring.

The same could be said for this movie. First of all, I love Richard Pryor and he has a field day in this movie. Secondly, I love Robert Vaughn, and he plays a really juicy villain in this one. And then there's this great fight scene between two Supermen... but I don't want to give away everything from those of you haven't seen the film yet.

There is everything you should expect in this kind of movie. My only complaint was not enough Lois Lane (Margo Kidder) and maybe I'm nitpicking, but continuity with the other two films seems to be ignored completely. According to this entry in the series, Clark graduated from Smallville high in 1962. The problem with that is that in the first film, is clear that when Clark is in high school, it's the late 1940s by the vintage cars and trucks in the scenes. But hey, if we can believe that a man can come from another planet, fly, see through walls, burn through things with his eyes and lift trains into the air then why bitch about little things like continuity?

Not only do I have this baby on video from cable TV, but I also taped the network version just for the outtakes and edited out every single commercial. (The beautifully choreographed opening credits with the blind man, some mechanical penguins on fire and more is even longer and better in the TV version.)

So hate this one if you must, but I will take it over the second film any the day of the week. (That is, the Richard Lester version. I LOVED the Richard Donner cut which recently made it to DVD.)

I give it a 7 out of 10.


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