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Superman (1978) Movie Information

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Richard Donner


Christopher Reeve
Gene Hackman
Marlon Brando
Ned Beatty
Margot Kidder





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The story of an outsider from another planet who has Jesus like abilities - based on the comic of the same name.

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Looneymanthegreat 06/19/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Superman is Still the best Superman movie ever made.

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Yojimbo 09/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The superman character was always a little too apple pie for my tastes, but it's well-made and true to the story. Gene Hackman steals the movie as Lex Luther.

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mitchellyoung 12/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A great blend of super hero action and some character study/depth. Gene Hackman plays a properly unhinged Lex Luther and Christopher Reeve is still the most stately and heroic Superman to date. Plus, that theme song...

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12/12/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Jor-El believes that planet Krypton will explode so he launches a spacecraft with his son Kal-El towards Earth. Jonathan and Martha Kent adopts the child and names them Clark. He becomes a reporter and falls for Lois Lane. Reeves just makes you believe in the hero's sincerity, Hackman as Luthor could have been realistic if he became bald. The light plot but action sequences were decent.

In the words of the fatherly Jor-El - "All that I have, all that I've learned, everything I feel... all this, and more I... I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you... all the days of your life." The effects maybe dated but the themes of love, heroism, acceptance, family and bravery always persist. Its score is immortal and cinematography gorgeous. Superman was a good superhero film...

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05/02/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Total Failure as an Origins Flick

With all the bad superhero movies of recent years, it's good to know they could still totally screw things up back in the good ole days. Despite a cast that will always remain the most quintessentially Supermanish to me -- no one has played Kent better than Reeves -- this flick sucks. I thought Supergirl was bad when I rewatched it as an adult. Now I see it's a step up.

The script struggles. Between trying to establish the camp of the Superman serial, explain his origins, and introduce the various roles CK's associates will play, Superman 1 fails to have anything like plot or character. Instead, we get a lame interior monologue from Lois Lane when CK takes her for a romantic fly around Metropolis.

Skip Superman I and go directly to II -- you already know who everyone is an...

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08/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A super movie about the Man of Steel

This movie is one of the few that holds up years later. It is an excellent adaptation that hardly changes the myth created in the comic books like other superhero movies.

The visuals are still incredible. CGI looks so fake compared to the technology of two and a half decades ago. This movie proves that the blue screen effect works much better than a computer animated version of a character like in "Spiderman" and "The Hulk".

Christopher Reeve is awesome as "Superman," but not as good as "Clark Kent". I don't remember "Clark Kent" being such a wimp as he is portrayed in this movie.

Gene Hackman is amazing as "Lex Luthor". The actor who portrays "Lex" in "Smallville" should watch Hackman's performance to see how "Superman's" archenemy should be portrayed. Hackman's performance i...

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