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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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Taglines:

The world's super hero in his toughest adventure yet! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Beatty (Tanker Commander) played the U.S. President in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). See more »

Goofs

After Evil Superman breaks the liquor bottles with the nuts at the bar, he staggers up out of the stool. In the next scene he is shown from the outside through the window, still slouched over in his chair. See more »

Quotes

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

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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The most underrated movie of all time.
7 February 2017 | by brandon-tyler-328-43902See all my reviews

Superman III is best watched on a Saturday night, with fizzy and sweets. It's such an entertaining flick that includes action, comedy, suspense, love and excellent stunts. Richard Pryor is great as the unlucky Gus Gorman, a man that can't quite find the right job. He soon becomes involved with the villains as his computer skills become abused for the evil plans of Mr.Webster. There are many interesting plots in Superman III, such as Superman's fall from grace and the relationship between Clark Kent and Lana Lang. Ken Thorne gives the film some style and Gorgio Moroder produces some decent synth songs that feature throughout the adventure. The special effects are well realised and the best of the series by a country mile. The junkyard fight is also a memorable sequence which ranks as my favourite moment from the Superman films. Superman III shouldn't be a 4.9; it's too good for that.


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