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Writers:
Jerry Siegel (characters) &
Joe Shuster (characters) ...
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Release Date:
28 November 2006 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
As Originally Conceived and Intended
Plot:
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
It is NOT Donner's cut. It is a representation of what it WOULD have looked like. See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gene Hackman ... Lex Luthor (archive footage)

Christopher Reeve ... Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman (archive footage)

Marlon Brando ... Jor-El (archive footage)

Ned Beatty ... Otis (archive footage)

Jackie Cooper ... Perry White (archive footage)

Sarah Douglas ... Ursa (archive footage)

Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane (archive footage)

Jack O'Halloran ... Non (archive footage)

Valerie Perrine ... Eve Teschmacher (archive footage)

Clifton James ... Sheriff (archive footage)

E.G. Marshall ... The President (archive footage)

Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen (archive footage)

Terence Stamp ... General Zod (archive footage)

John Ratzenberger ... Controller #1 (archive footage)

Shane Rimmer ... Controller #2 (archive footage)
John Morton ... Nate (archive footage)
Jim Dowdall ... Boris (archive footage) (as Jim Dowdell)

Angus MacInnes ... Prison Warder (archive footage) (as Angus McInnes)

Antony Sher ... Bell Boy (archive footage)
Elva Mai Hoover ... Mother (archive footage) (as Elva May Hoover)
Hadley Kay ... Jason (archive footage)
Todd Woodcroft ... Father (archive footage)

Gordon Rollings ... Fisherman (archive footage)
Peter Whitman ... Deputy (archive footage)

Richard LeParmentier ... Reporter (archive footage) (as Richard Parmentier)
Don Fellows ... General (archive footage)

Michael Shannon ... President's Aide (archive footage) (as Michael J. Shannon)
Tony Sibbald ... Presidental Imposter (archive footage)
Tommy Duggan ... Diner Owner (archive footage)
Pamela Mandell ... Waitress (archive footage)
Pepper Martin ... Rocky (archive footage)

Eugene Lipinski ... Newsvendor (archive footage)
Cleon Spencer ... Kid #1 (archive footage)
Carl Parris ... Kid #2 (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Austin Majors ... Ranch Boy (voice)
Aaron Smolinski ... Baby Kal-El (archive footage)

Directed by
Richard Donner 
Richard Lester (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Jerry Siegel (characters) &
Joe Shuster (characters)

Mario Puzo (story)

Mario Puzo (screenplay) &
David Newman (screenplay) &
Leslie Newman (screenplay)

Tom Mankiewicz  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Derek Hoffman .... co-producer
Ilya Salkind .... executive producer
Pierre Spengler .... producer
Michael Thau .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter 
Geoffrey Unsworth 
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
Michael Thau 
John Victor-Smith 
 
Production Management
Michael Crawford .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Denis Rich .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Melissa A. Corns .... assistant sound editor (as Melissa Corns)
Cameron Frankley .... sound designer
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor (as Randall Kelley)
Tim LeBlanc .... sound re-recording mixer
Ai-Ling Lee .... sound effects editor
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Greg Watkins)
 
Visual Effects by
Adam Avitabile .... digital compositor
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor
Derek Bird .... digital compositor
Kevin R. Browne .... digital artist
Chad Buehler .... digital compositor
Cyntia Büll .... digital compositor (as Cyntia Buell)
Michael Collins .... digital compositor
Mark S. Driscoll .... CEO: LOOK! Effects (as Mark Driscoll)
Mark S. Driscoll .... president: LOOK! Effects (as Mark Driscoll)
Marc Fisher .... digital effects artist (director's cut)
Jenny Foster .... visual effects producer
Michelle Herrin .... digital artist
Anthony 'Max' Ivins .... visual effects supervisor (as Max Ivins)
Christopher Ivins .... compositor: LOOK! Effects, Inc.
Michael Kaelin .... digital compositor
Michael Kennen .... digital compositor
Danny S. Kim .... visual effects art director (as Danny Kim)
Cornelia Magas .... digital compositor
Felix Ojeda .... digital compositor (as Felix Ojeda III)
Rob Ozaeta .... Flame artist (as Robb Ozaeta)
Rebecca Ramsey .... visual effects executive producer: Look Effects
Gabriel Sanchez .... Flame artist
Clay Sparks .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Kurt Bryant .... stunt rigger
Brian Christensen .... stunt rigger
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunt coordinator
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Marc Fisher .... finishing editor
Christine Vasquez .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Jay Duerr .... music editor
Eric Tomlinson .... score mixer
Eric Tomlinson .... score recordist
 
Other crew
Matt Faulkner .... title designer: main titles
Suzanne Friedline .... adr voice match
Tom Mankiewicz .... creative consultant
 
Thanks
Jack Dubnicek .... special thanks
Warren Farnes .... thanks (2006 reconstruction)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut" - USA (promotional title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for sequences of action violence, some language and brief mild sensuality
Runtime:
USA:115 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Donner had been approached about a possible Directors Cut of this film as early as 2001, however complex legal issues involving the cut footage as well as reluctance on the part of the director prevented any official restoration from taking place. All this changed with the production of Superman Returns (2006) which lead to Warner Bros. resolving all outstanding legal disputes regarding footage from the first two Superman films. By that time, public demand lead Warner Bros. to commission a "Donner Cut" edited by Michael Thau based on the original shooting script without Donner's participation. After repeated urging by Thau, Donner eventually agreed to approve of scenes as Thau progressed in editing. Over time, the more Donner allowed himself to participate in the project, the more the interest the director took in restoring his original concept for the film, even going so far as to bring screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz to the fold to insure story cohesion. The result is the closest film possible to Donner & Mankiewicz's original vision for the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lex Luthor sits behind the Presidents' desk and lights a cigar while he talks to Zod and company, the cigar switches hands from shot to shot.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jor-El:I ask you now to pronounce judgment on those accused. On this... this mindless aberration, whose only means of expression are wanton violence and destruction; on the woman Ursa, whose perversions and unreasoning hatred of all mankind have threatened even the children of the planet Krypton; finally, General Zod. Chief architect of this intended revolution and author of this insidious plot to establish a new order amongst us...
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Movie Connections:
Version of Superman (1941)See more »

FAQ

Why is the FAQ empty?
Why was Richard Donner fired from directing the original cut of Superman II?
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89 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
It is NOT Donner's cut. It is a representation of what it WOULD have looked like., 28 November 2006
Author: MannyCastro from Miami, FL USA

Before you watch this DVD there is something very important that you must understand. Richard Donner never completed Superman II. And, since he never completed the film it was impossible to truly make a "Donner cut" per say. What this DVD (edited and produced by Michael Thau) shows us is what the film "may" have looked like. Once you understand that you will be able to enjoy the experience.

Why do I go through that explanation? Well...because from the complains I've heard and read it seems that people don't seem to understand that. So, that's why I felt it should be addressed.

Now, on to the review...

Donner was hired by the Salkinds in '76 or '77 to direct two Superman films at the same time. When time and money was running out the decision was made to stop production on Superman II and focus on the first one. By that point Donner had already completed about 80% of the film. When Superman became the biggest hit of 1978 the decision by the Salkinds was to fire Donner. He was replaced by Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) and Lester re-shot most of the film. Only about 30% of Donner's work remained.

After almost 30 years WB finally released Donner's version since most fans demanded to see it. And, on the DVD, Donner, thanks the fans which I felt was a nice touch.

The plot of the movie is the same as Lester's Superman II. General Zod and his goons escape the Phantom Zone. They arrive at Earth (or Planet Houston as they call it) and quickly take over. And, where's Superman? He made the mistake of giving up his powers to be with Lois Lane. So, will Superman recover his powers on time to save Earth from Zod? You will have to watch the film to find out.

Now, the question on everyone's mind is whether or not this version is truly better than Lester's take. The answer is yes! Why? Because Lester never really understood the material. Which is prove when you watch Superman III. Donner, on the other hand, truly understood the material. He understood that...YES...it's a comic book adaptation but it's still an art form. As silly as Superman may seem he understands that there is a wonderful story to tell. And, he understands that there is wonderful characters to develop and have an audience understand and fall in love with. When you watch this DVD that's what you'll see. A film directed by a man in love with the material. Not a film by a man who did it for the money. If you love Superman: The Movie then you'll love Richard Donner's version of Superman II. The ONLY flaw of this version is that it was never completed.

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Why does Superman even bother to fight the Phantom Zone villains michaelward15
Stamp's performance is neutered in this version neal2zod
Pick your top three incarnations of Superman(films, shows, games, etc acanikolic91
This is the superior version. iLiveInMyGarageInc
Why does Superman go back to beat up the guy in the diner? mrmegadeth99
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut or Spider-Man 2? thefatbiowarenerd
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