Superman

  • PG
  • Richard Donner (1978)
  • US
  • 137 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

This big-budget, epic-scale version of the Man of Steel legend is irresistible, fabulous entertainment. The elegiac opening - from the destruction of Krypton via Clark Kent's early years in Smallville to his arrival at the Daily Planet in Metropolis - turns more traditional comic book when Clark falls for Lois Lane, before a bright and breezy confrontation with comedic criminal Lex Luthor. The deliberate clash of styles generates much excitement and, yes, you'll believe a man can fly. Christopher Reeve is perfectly cast (though Smallville fans may disagree) and as a spectacle it's a highly satisfying confection that has set the standard other comic-book adaptations must try to match.

Plot Summary

Epic fantasy adventure starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder, also featuring Marlon Brando. A baby from the planet Krypton is sent to Earth by his father, Jor-El and found in the American Midwest. He grows up to become mild-mannered news reporter Clark Kent, a man with superhuman powers who is able to confront the forces of evil that threaten the world.

Cast and crew

Cast

Clark Kent / Superman
Christopher Reeve
Lex Luthor
Gene Hackman
Lois Lane
Margot Kidder
Jor-El
Marlon Brando
Otis
Ned Beatty
Perry White
Jackie Cooper
Pa Kent
Glenn Ford
First Elder
Trevor Howard
Eve Teschmacher
Valerie Perrine
General Zod
Terence Stamp
Ursa
Sarah Douglas
Non
Jack O'Halloran
Jimmy Olsen
Marc McClure
Martha Kent
Phyllis Thaxter
Lara
Susannah York
Young Clark Kent
Jeff East
Major
Larry Hagman
Young Lois Lane's father
Kirk Alyn
Young Lois Lane's mother
Noel Neill
Man in street
Richard Donner

Crew

Director
Richard Donner

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Warner Home Video
Categories
Drama

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