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Superman (1978)

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An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jor-El
... Lex Luthor
... Superman / Clark Kent
... Otis
... Perry White
... Pa Kent
... 1st Elder
... Lois Lane
... Non
... Eve Teschmacher
... Vond-Ah
... General Zod
... Ma Kent
... Lara
... Young Clark Kent
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Storyline

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane Written by Jwelch5742

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The movie that makes a legend come to life. See more »


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Rated PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Superman: The Movie  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,465,343, 17 December 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$134,218,018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$166,200,000
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Runtime:

| (1980 video release) | (2000 restoration) | (Extended Version)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee had to turn down the role of General Zod. He had just moved to Hollywood as a tax exile, and did not want to have to return to England. See more »

Goofs

Actual footage of two Minuteman I ICBM's test launch from Vandenberg AFB was used in movie. Minuteman is not capable of non-ballistic, low-altitude, cruise flight as seen in movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Boy: In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide depression. In times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper whose reputation for clarity and truth had become the symbol for hope in the city of Metropolis...
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Crazy Credits

Prior to the beginning of the film is a brief "dedicated to Geoffrey Unsworth" message (Unsworth was a cinematographer who died prior to the release.) See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Can You Read My Mind
Music by John Williams
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Margot Kidder
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Unbelievable...
1 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Having recently seen the huge disappointment: Superman Returns, I felt an obligation to watch this version to see how it measured up. I couldn't believe my eyes, and ears! 'My God!' I thought, 'Characters that actually interact with one another!'. That is one of the key elements Superman Returns was missing: dialogue. This movie had so much fun with the story, and the characters, that despite its lack of modern effects, it was still immensely enjoyable to watch. There was real character development, real humor (particularly the scenes between Lex and Otis, which I found hysterical) and a palpable chemistry between Lois and Clark/Superman. From the very beginning, this movie grabs you tightly and keeps you interested. It has an enlivening effect on you, where you feel genuinely happy after watching it, which, to my understanding, is what the movies are all about. Gene Hackman had great one-liners, for instance,"Otis, do you know why the number 200 is so vitally descriptive to both you and I? Because it's your weight, and my IQ", and the entire cast sat right. The roles fit, the effects (for their time) were great, and the script was wonderful. It's amazing to me, that movies like this can still hold up against movies that are made with the gross national product of a small country. If you want Superman in all his glory, ignore 'Returns', and pick up this one; you won't be disappointed.

"Otis, do you want to see a very, very long arm?" "Oh no, Mr. Luthor!"


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