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Superman III (1983)

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

Director:

Richard Lester

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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 ... 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 ahmetkozan

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Superman vs. the king of computerized crime! See more »


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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,950,623
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
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Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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On the Streets of Metropolis (Intro to Superman III)
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More campy fun with Superman.
12 December 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

"Superman III" isn't really a terrible movie but it's more a movie that has some flaws in it, which causes the movie to be a below average one to watch.

The story really isn't that bad and works fine as a campy-comedy. The way the story is however told at times make the movie look lame and silly. So good moments in the story are ruined and not executed correctly by director Richard Lester, who just isn't Richard Donner, no matter how hard he tries.

Of course the charm and atmosphere of the first movie is longtime gone. Only thing that is left is the typical humor of the first movie. This movie is quite honestly more a comedy than it is an action movie. It makes the movie fun to watch as long as you don't take it all too seriously. The atmosphere and story is even more campy as it was in "Superman II".

The movie really misses Lois Lane and Lex Luthor. Lois Lane has been extremely limited done in this movie and the main villain is this time portrayed by Robert Vaughn. He is a great actor but he just is no Gene Hackman. Hackman made the first two movies extremely likable and watchable and at the same time gave the movie some extra style and sense of profession. This time the love interested for Clark Kent is Lana Lang who simply is no Lois Lane. There isn't really any chemistry on screen and their love-story isn't worked out good enough.

I was actually watching this movie when I heard the news that Richard Pryor had passed away, that was a pretty weird and freaky experience and caused the news to be extra shocking. I knew his health was declining rapidly the last couple of years but still his death came as unexpected. He was excellent in this movie and made it great as a comedy. There are some hilarious comical moments that involves his character. He was truly one of the highlights of this movie and prevented this movie from being completely lame and ridicules.

The movie is extremely simple executed which wasn't always good for the story. Yes, there are some good scene's such as the Clark Kent versus Superman thing that was thought up pretty well and there most certainly were some hilarious comical moments that were truly fun, B-movie, campy like, at times. But most of the good moments are ruined by the poor execution of the movie in general.

Still it can be a very fun movie to watch as long as you don't take it all too serious.

5/10

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