Superman

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Despite an extended opening setup, this is an exciting and inventive film version of the classic comic book superhero. is perfectly cast as the man of steel, an alien from another planet who is left on earth by his desperate father () and raised by farmers (, ). When he grows up and discovers his phenomenal abilities, Superman uses them to clean up the city of Metropolis where he works as a reporter under the name of Clark Kent. When the evil Lex Luthor () steals nuclear weapons in an effort to aim them at the San Andreas fault and send all of California to the bottom of the sea, Superman concentrates his efforts on stopping him, but not before enjoying a little romance with the lovely Lois Lane ().  The visual effects still look pretty spiffy, while Brando received an astonishing $4 million dollars for his brief appearance.  Much of the superior sequel was written and filmed during production of this one (though replacement director Richard Lester would reshoot much of Richard Donner’s original footage).


Dovemead Films, Film Export A.G., International Film Production

United Kingdom/USA, 1978

Directed by Richard Donner

Story by , Screenplay by Mario Puzo, , , ,  based on the character created by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


Academy Awards:  1978

Golden Globe Awards 1978

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