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Superman III (1983)

 -  Action | Comedy | Fantasy  -  17 June 1983 (USA)
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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 <robetded@ix.netcom.com>

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Alexander Salkind Presents Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor as you never seen them before. With more action, more twists, and more fun than Superman has ever had before! See more »


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Superman vs. Superman  »

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$60,000,000 (USA)
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In his autobiography, Richard Pryor admitted that he thought the screenplay was terrible, but agreed to do the movie because he was offered five million dollars. See more »

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When Ross decides to use Gus to contact the Vulcan satellite to destroy Colombia, Vera says Gus must do this from somewhere that he cannot be tracked, and then tracked back to Webscoe. Gus is sent to Smallville to hack in using the Wheat King computer. Later on, Gus hacks into the Vulcan satellite again from his work computer in Metropolis, first to locate and analyze a chunk of kryptonite, then to have the lab synthesize it (with Gus replacing the unknown element with tar). Why would Gus do that from his work computer if Ross and Vera were so worried about it being tracked back to Gus? See more »

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[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Rock On
Performed by Marshall Crenshaw
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Keith Forsey
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
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Clark Kent vs. Superman!
5 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superman III isn't as good as Superman I or II, but there is still an epic inside waiting to get out. It's better than Superman Returns, and far better than Superman IV. So why does it get such a bad rap? The answer is Richard Pryor, a weird robot, slapstick comedy, and the absence of Gene Hackman. I wouldn't be bothered by Pryor's acting if he was actually funny! But there are still some elements that make this movie great. Like the bad Superman fighting against the good Clark Kent, Clark going back home to Smallville, Clark's relationship with Lana, Superman saving people from a fire, the best special effects in the series, and a fight against a supercomputer that can read Superman's weaknesses. Fans of the comic also don't like this movie because it doesn't really use the source material for villains. But if you look hard enough you will find that they are just different interpretations. Ross Webster is the Corporate Lex Luthor, not the underground criminal Gene Hackman portrayed, Evil Superman is a form of Bizarro, and the supercomputer is like Braniac.


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