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Superman III (1983)

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.


Richard Lester


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Superman / Clark Kent
Richard Pryor ... Gus Gorman
Jackie Cooper ... Perry White
Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen
Annette O'Toole ... Lana Lang
Annie Ross ... Vera
Pamela Stephenson ... Lorelei
Robert Vaughn ... Ross Webster
Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Brad
Nancy Roberts Nancy Roberts ... Unemployment Clerk
Graham Stark ... Blind Man
Henry Woolf ... Penguin Man
Gordon Rollings ... Man In Cap
Peter Wear ... Bank Robber


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 ahmetkozan

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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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English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superman vs. Superman See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,352,357, 19 June 1983

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The video game that Ross Webster plays was created for the film for the Atari Corporation. Atari had also made a "Superman III" video game, based on the film, for the Atari 5200, but it was never released. See more »


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[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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The most underrated Superman of all time solid and decent personal favorite Superman of mine
3 September 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

Superman III (1983) is criminally and the most underrated Superman film of all time. It is a good, solid, excellent sequel doesn't deserve the hate. Are you a fan of Superman III? Hell, yes I am a fan of Superman III and a big supporter of the film. It was released the year I was born 1983. I love, love, love this film to death. I enjoy and love the third entry of Superman the same as the original first Superman in the franchise. Christopher Reeve is the only Clark Kent/Superman no one else. Great Special effects, the best in the franchise. Clark Kent VS evil Superman was the best of the film and the best fight in the intier franchise.

I especially liked the battle that Superman had with his good & bad selves in the junkyard. The cyborg on the end Vera (Annie Ross) in which she was caught with weirs from the computer creped me out and scared me. I think it is much better than Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman Returns, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Superman 3 is my second personal favorite film in the franchise it defines my childhood. Christopher Reeve is Superman of all time.

Superman The Movie is my number 1 favorite Superman. Christopher Reeve is Superman of all time. He is Clark Kent/Superman no one else. I enjoy this movie more I watch it on VHS tape the first time as a kid. This movie is slapstick comedy from Richard Pryor but I didn't mind him the film it is not that bad folks it never was. This was the first movie in the franchise I watched as a kid. Superman II introduced me in to world of Superman and Superheroes but this movie was this film of all 4 I watched first was Superman III. Here is why I enjoy it and I think it is an pair with the first original film:

The story follows right there in which we saw teen Clark Kent (Jeff East) from Superman the Movie in the opening sequence in Smallville we saw Lana Lang played by Diane Sherry Case and Clark's nemesis Brad Wilson played by Brad Flock this movie is set right 15 years after Clark graduate from high school and he returns to Smallville and he sees his old first love Lana Lang played now by Annette O'Toole. Brad Wilson is now played by Gavan O'Herlihy. The movie right connects this film and loyalty follows the roots from the first film. This movie is completely connection with Smallville TV series 2001 Annette O'Toole played Martha Kent in the series that is why I have enjoy this film so much.

This is the first movie in which there was no Lex Luther and it was new villain Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn) and yes he was good. His sister Vera (Annie Ross) and his girlfriend Lorelei (Pamela Stephenson) were a good villains. Lex Luthor was in all Superman films except Man of Steel and Superman III. I like that the story is fresh and doesn't copy the first two films.

Christopher Reeve is and always will be the only SUPERMAN! No one could play Clark Kent/Superman like Christopher Reeve, If anyone could be Superman, It is Christopher Reeve! Yes I am Christopher Reeve fan boy so sue me. You really believe Christopher was superman, he was so, iconic!

Annette O'Toole is the best female leading romantic lead that Superman ever had in the film. I like Margot Kidder as Lois Lane but I love Lana Lang much more that is my personal opinion.

Richard Pryor is Gus Gorman and he really did a good job portraying his character.

Superman powers in action in this movie: super hearing from comic book alive and his x-ray vision on Jimmy is the best of the film.

In the opening scene Superman saves a man in the car from drowning. Superman saves a chemical plant from fire containing vials of acid that can produce clouds of corrosive vapor when superheated. He freeze lake and he takes it too the plant and let go so that it starts raining he saves Plant and Smallville from chemical cloud. Superman save's Ricky (Paul Kaethler) Lana's son in the corn filed from the tractor that scene was really serious, the kid could have been seriously crushed, it that could have happened in real life.

I enjoy that it was a disaster film on the end in which Ross Webster and Gus Gorman builds a super computer in which it steals the electricity and power from Metropolis I love in which Gus Gorman redeems him self and saves Superman twice. I love in which Brad fights with Clark and Clark throws from the bed in the elevator funny scene.

John Williams did return with his music score for superman and it was awesome as always. Richard Lester directed perfectly this film so I disagree about him not giving 100% of the film I think his vision on Superman III was great. I would give it 10 but absence from Margot Kidder as Lois Lane was a bad idea she should have been more in the movie, but she only had two scenes in the opening sequence and in the ending sequence. That shouldn't have been in the film so it is a 9 a perfect good score.

8/10 I love this film to death and it is my second favorite and the last good Superman film. It is my personal second favorite film of all time I love it.

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