Superman II

Superman II

Richard Lester (1980)

122min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

The Man of Steel meets his match in the form of three fugitive villains from his home planet of Krypton. Flying down to Earth, the super-powered trio unleash a reign of terror in a bid to take over the world - but Superman is not there to stop them, having surrendered his powers to lead a normal life with his beloved Lois Lane. Comic-strip adventure sequel, with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Terence Stamp and Margot Kidder.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Richard Lester
Director Richard Donner
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Other Information

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