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Superman III (1983)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Superman / Clark Kent
... Gus Gorman
... Perry White
... Jimmy Olsen
... Lana Lang
... Vera
... Lorelei
... Ross Webster
... Lois Lane
... Brad
Nancy Roberts ... Unemployment Clerk
... Blind Man
... Penguin Man
... Man In Cap
... Bank Robber
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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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The world's super hero in his toughest adventure yet! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

17 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Superman vs. Superman  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Mister Mxyzptlk was going to be in the film, with Dudley Moore in the role. See more »

Goofs

When Clark Kent gets in one back door of a police car and exits as Superman on the other, the car doesn't rock or move like a car that has movement inside it. The special rock solid car was necessary for the split screen effect. Still, a minute bit of shifting between right back door and rest of the car (the split screen seam) is barely visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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Connections

Version of Return to Supermans (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll Over Beethoven
(uncredited)
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by The Beatles
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It's not all that bad folks!
11 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) who is a fun-loving computer genius has been hired by a mad rich computer company tycoon named Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn)to help him with his plans along with Ross's sister Vera (Annie Ross) and girlfriend Loreli (Pamela Stephenson) but Superman (Christopher Reeve)interferes with their plans as they must plot to stop Superman for good. Clark Kent revisits his old boyhood town called Smallville, where he is reunited with an old flame named Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) at a high school reunion during his visit. Gus comes up with a scheme to make a special kryptonite with tobacco tar to make Superman evil including splitting up with his personality so that way Gus and Webster can make their supercomputer that can control the world's energy, can Superman come back to normal or will the computer take over mankind?

Enjoyable sequel but not as awesome as the first two movies, Richard Lester who did his version of "Superman II" just added some unnecessary comedy relief such as the "Three Stooges"-esquire opening sequence that didn't help or that ludicrous video game footage but there was some good special effects and memorable moments like Clark Kent vs. Superman in the junkyard sequence or the part where Vera becomes a Dot Matrix from Spaceballs-like android, although Ms. Stephenson was pretty cute.

All in all it's that bad folks, just relax, enjoy and suspend your disbelief.


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