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

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

17 June 1983 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,352,357 (USA) (19 June 1983)

Gross:

$59,950,623 (USA)
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Trivia

The tar-laced kryptonite that Superman is exposed to has the effects of both red and black kryptonite. Red, particulary in the show Smallville (2001), releases all of Clark's inhibitions. The persona-splitting scene was inspiration for the first appearance of black kryptonite in Smallville. It could seperate Clark from his darker side. The battle in the junkyard is considered the most iconic scene of the movie. See more »

Goofs

After Evil Superman breaks the liquor bottles with the nuts at the bar, he staggers up out of the stool. In the next scene he is shown from the outside through the window, still slouched over in his chair. See more »

Quotes

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

Version of Superman Flies Again (1954) 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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Not that bad of a sequel.
2 October 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio.) – See all my reviews

I will admit that when compared to the first two films, this is obviously inferior. But still, it's not all that bad. Christopher Reeves is still the best Superman, and Richard Pryor was okay. I remember seeing this a lot when I was real young, so I have a special place for this film in my heart. I will always remember the scenes when Superman fights the separate superman. The scene where that lady is turned into a robot used to scare me, but I think it's cool now. A good Saturday afternoon film.


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