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Writers:
Jerry Siegel (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 start a relationship with Lois Lane, 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 »
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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
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
Christine Dougherty .... digital intermediate producer (as Christine Vasquez)
Marc Fisher .... finishing editor
 
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
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USA:115 min
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Trivia:
This movie is Richard Donner's Director's Cut of the original Superman II (1980). Donner was the original director, but was replaced by Richard Lester.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Lex and Miss Tessmacher are in the balloon, after she helps him escape prison, he threatens to punch Miss Tessmacher in the mouth. He makes a fist with one hand, but in the next cut, it's his other hand that has the fist made.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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Why was Richard Donner fired from directing the original cut of Superman II?
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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Only a hint, 20 December 2006
Author: jaywolfenstien from USA

Richard Donner's cut of Superman II is not the definitive answer to "what if Donner had been allowed to finish Superman II?" It is not a stand alone, completed, film so much as it is an abstract representation of where he intended to go. Remember, we are dealing with a reconstruction of an incomplete 25 year-old film. It's a jig-saw puzzle with a few pieces missing, jimmy-rigged with whatever the filmmakers could use to complete it.

But if you can look past inherent flaws that comes with the circumstance – obvious dubbing issues, inconsistent special effects, glaring continuity errors, a recycled resolution, and lack of an original score – look past all of that, look to the underlying vision, and you'll see something special.

First and foremost, the return of Marlon Brando's scenes, a presence sorely missed in the theatrical cut of Superman II which allows the characters and story arcs that started in the first film to come full circle. At last nonsensical dialogue from the first film clicks into place – "the father becomes the son, the son becomes the father" – it gains a meaning in a touching exchange between Jor-El and Kal-El. In the Lester cut, Kal-El consults his mother in the fortress of solitude, and somehow it lacks the emotional punch that the exchange should have. Here, though, in the Donner Cut, Marlon Brando's voice rings with fatherly love, and across time and space the essence of the father reaches out to the son. A love that allows Jor-El to guide Kal-El even from his Kryptonian grave. And after 25 years it finally makes sense how Superman regains his powers after sacrificing them to live with Lois Lane.

Marlon Brando as Jor-El by itself makes the Donner Cut worth the price of the rental. I mean, how do you cut out Marlon Brando? Especially when his character is integral to not only the plot, but to the titular character's arc? Anyway, I particularly liked the restoration of how Lois initially suspects Clark's identity. A passive comment by Jimmy Olson makes her pause and ponder the paradox of Clark disappearing when Superman appears, and she draws a suit, hat, and glasses over a newsprint picture of the Man of Steel. In the Lester version, Lois' eventual revelation feels more chance driven, and even when they have direction it's as though they beat around the bush. It's anti-climactic, and lacks a fulfilling payoff.

In Donner's version, by contrast, the challenge is more direct. A one on one battle of wits with Lois fighting to conclusively prove that Clark is Superman, while he makes clever use of his powers to keep his identity hidden – early on Lois throws herself out a window. And instead of Superman flying to the rescue, Clark uses his super-breath to slow her descent, and his eye beam to unlatch a canopy to break her fall. She lands safely, and lo and behold Clark hasn't moved from the window 50 floors up. "Lois! What have you done?!" Point: Superman and Richard Donner.

The exchanges are just more fun in Donner's version – it's like a cat and mouse game that escalates until the eventual pay off in a scene that Donner, sadly, never shot. Reconstructed from screen tests, gaping with continuity errors, but it's remarkable the power that still underlines the moment when Clark is finally caught red handed, and removes his glasses. Subtly transforming from Kent to Superman right before our eyes – it finally feels like the pivotal moment it should be, and resonates more deeply because the previous scenes support and sustain it. I guess what I'm getting at is, once again, the arc feels more natural, more complete.

Gone are as many as the throw-away Naked-Gunesque sight gags as Michael Thau could afford to cut. And what a difference that makes to the overall tone of the movie. Of particular note: the battle over Metropolis that finally feels like the epic brawl it should be. Other than a few additions, the major difference between Lester and Donner's version lay in the editing. And yet I cheered every time Superman sent one of the villains flying through a building or a sign as though watching this sequence for the first time – I was thrilled when the villains created a powerful wind to stop the mob and the focus stayed on the destruction at hand – cars crashing into buildings and other cars – and not wigs and silly phone booth conversations. The villains are more threatening, more intimidating, and the battle appears more destructive now that their powers weren't used to generate jokes.

While I'm hesitant to say the humor in Donner's film is more sophisticated (the Donner cut does have toilet humor not present in the Lester cut), I will say Donner's jokes are better planned and executed. At least in his version most of them have proper build up and pay off.

Finally, the issue of complaints: were this another film under another set of circumstances, I would have room to complain. It does have flaws, yes. As mentioned above, the Richard Donner Cut of Superman II looks like a jigsaw puzzle that was finished with "whatever." Unlike Superman, Donner could not turn back time and finish shooting with the full resources he needed to do the job right. The disclaimer before the film clearly states it's a representation of the Donner concept. Nothing more.

Like I said, this is only a hint of what could have been. And that's more than we should reasonably have hoped to get.

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