Superman III

Superman III

Richard Lester (1983)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
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.


The Man of Steel battles an evil tycoon, who has recruited a computer genius to aid his schemes for world domination. Together the villains hatch a plan to dispose of Superman once and for all - but instead of killing the superhero, they accidentally unveil his dark side. Comic-book adventure sequel, starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn and Margot Kidder.

Cast & Crew

Superman/Clark Kent Christopher Reeve
Gus Gorman Richard Pryor
Ross Webster Robert Vaughn
Lois Lane Margot Kidder
Lana Lang Annette O'Toole
Lorelei Ambrosia Pamela Stephenson
Perry White Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen Marc McClure
Director Richard Lester
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray