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Superman - The Movie (1978)

Action & Adventure and Art House & International movie directed by Richard Donner

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Underrated performances and fine additions.

  • Jun 11, 2001
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This movies is one of the best movies never appreciated. Chris Reeve and Gene Hackman are great. Marlon Brando is, well Brando (and even more Brandoish with the added scenes.) The special effects are of its time and might be rejected by us. The added "gauntlet" scenes are worth the new purchase and only add to a movie with great performances and fine writing. Buy it.

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Richard Donner's 1978 epic about the Man of Steel showed how a film about a superhero could be a moving and romantic experience even for people who long ago gave up comic books. Beginning on the icy planet Krypton, the story follows the baby Kal-El, whose rocket ship lands in Smallville, Kansas. He is found there by a childless couple and raised as the shy Clark Kent (the young Kent is played by Jeff East). The film is perhaps most touching in these sequences, with expanses of wheat fields blowing in the wind and with a young man who can't figure out what part in destiny his great powers are meant to play. The second half, with Reeve taking over as Clark/Superman, is bustling, enchanting (the scene in which Superman flies girlfriend Lois Lane--played by Margot Kidder--through the night sky is great date material), and funny, thanks largely to Gene Hackman's sardonic portrayal of nemesis Lex Luthor.--Tom Keogh
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Director: Richard Donner
Genre: Foreign, Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
Runtime: 143 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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