Superman II

  • PG
  • Richard Lester, Richard Donner (1980)
  • UK / US
  • 122 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Purists may not agree, but this is probably the best segment of the Christopher Reeve Superman films in terms of plot - it's free from the occasionally po-faced seriousness of the first and the rampant silliness of the remaining two. Director Richard Lester delivers a knowing, knockabout cartoon with Superman finding out that he is no longer the toughest guy around when three baddies (underpants on the inside) are exiled from his home planet and arrive on Earth. The effects are equal to the first film and there's a strong supporting cast, including an irascible Gene Hackman and the excellent Terence Stamp in what, at the time, was something of a comeback role.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman. Superman takes to the air again to fight evil in Metropolis. This time he not only has to do battle with three villains from his own planet, but must also deal with the increasingly suspicious Lois Lane, who has a hunch that Clark Kent and Superman are one and the same person.

Cast and crew

Cast

Clark Kent / Superman
Christopher Reeve
Lex Luthor
Gene Hackman
Lois Lane
Margot Kidder
General Zod
Terence Stamp
Otis
Ned Beatty
Ursa
Sarah Douglas
Non
Jack O'Halloran
Eve Teschmacher
Valerie Perrine
Lara
Susannah York
Perry White
Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen
Marc McClure
Sheriff
Clifton James
President
E G Marshall
Terrorist
Richard Griffiths
Bellboy
Antony Sher
Fisherman
Gordon Rollings
Rocky
Pepper Martin
French officer at the White House
Jean-Pierre Cassel

Crew

Director
Richard Lester
Director
Richard Donner

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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