Superman III

  • PG
  • Richard Lester (1983)
  • US
  • 119 min
Superman III
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Director Richard Lester injected a much needed irreverence into Superman II, but can't quite sustain the humour for this instalment of the Man of Steel saga. There are a few neat touches, however, such as when Superman (Christopher Reeve) turns nasty, and the scenes where he returns to his hometown of Smallville are rather sweet. That said, the attempt to increase the laughter quotient by introducing Richard Pryor doesn't really work, and neither he nor Robert Vaughn prove to be an adequate replacement for Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor. Margot Kidder wanted little to do with this sequel and must have been thankful only to get a look-in as Lois Lane, while Pamela Stephenson would probably rather forget her role as Vaughn's dumb girlfriend. But for fans of superhero action this is still enjoyable enough entertainment.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Christopher Reeve. Superman is pitted against a megalomaniac tycoon who, with the help of bumbling computer genius Gus Gorman, has his sights set on world domination.

Cast and crew


Superman / Clark Kent
Christopher Reeve
Gus Gorman
Richard Pryor
Ross Webster
Robert Vaughn (1)
Lana Lang
Annette O'Toole
Vera Webster
Annie Ross
Lorelei Ambrosia
Pamela Stephenson
Lois Lane
Margot Kidder
Perry White
Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen
Marc McClure
Gavan O'Herlihy
Blind man
Graham Stark
Man in cap
Gordon Rollings
Dignified gent
Bob Todd
Pisa vendor
John Bluthal
Street sweeper
George Chisholm
Tanker captain
Robert Beatty


Richard Lester

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Warner Home Video