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Superman III (1983)

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

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 Robb <robetded@ix.netcom.com>

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,352,357, 19 June 1983

Gross USA:

$59,950,623
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Vulcan weather satellite, the chemical composition of Kryptonite (shown on Gus Gorman's computer) is: 15.08% Plutonium, 18.06% Tantalum, 27.71% Xenon, 24.02% Promethium, 10.62% Dialium, 3.94% Mercury, and 0.57% Unknown (Gorman replaced this with Tar). See more »

Goofs

During the junkyard fight, Superman kicks Clark Kent, who's on his knees, in the face. Clark falls to the ground unconscious. In the next frame, shot from a distance, Superman picks Clark up in his arms and Clark noticeably grabs on to Superman's back to help himself up. At the same time, Superman visibly struggles to pick up Clark. See more »

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[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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On the Streets of Metropolis (Intro to Superman III)
Written by John Williams and Giorgio Moroder
Performed and Produced by Giorgio Moroder
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Richard Pryor and Richard Lester and two Supermans... What else could a man want?
31 July 2004 | by John Wayne PeelSee all my reviews

I love this movie, for those of you think it's really bad because it's too ridiculous, you must not read too many of the comics. The very first comics I never read were Superman comics, and that was when I hadn't even got into kindergarten, and let me tell you, they could be pretty silly but never boring.

The same could be said for this movie. First of all, I love Richard Pryor and he has a field day in this movie. Secondly, I love Robert Vaughn, and he plays a really juicy villain in this one. And then there's this great fight scene between two Supermen... but I don't want to give away everything from those of you haven't seen the film yet.

There is everything you should expect in this kind of movie. My only complaint was not enough Lois Lane (Margo Kidder) and maybe I'm nitpicking, but continuity with the other two films seems to be ignored completely. According to this entry in the series, Clark graduated from Smallville high in 1962. The problem with that is that in the first film, is clear that when Clark is in high school, it's the late 1940s by the vintage cars and trucks in the scenes. But hey, if we can believe that a man can come from another planet, fly, see through walls, burn through things with his eyes and lift trains into the air then why bitch about little things like continuity?

Not only do I have this baby on video from cable TV, but I also taped the network version just for the outtakes and edited out every single commercial. (The beautifully choreographed opening credits with the blind man, some mechanical penguins on fire and more is even longer and better in the TV version.)

So hate this one if you must, but I will take it over the second film any the day of the week. (That is, the Richard Lester version. I LOVED the Richard Donner cut which recently made it to DVD.)

I give it a 7 out of 10.


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