Superman II
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Superman II

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Director: Richard Lester

Cast: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder

     
 

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Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad time to be the Man of Steel in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster. When terrorists threaten to destroy Paris with a thermonuclear device as they hold reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) hostage, Superman (Christopher Reeve) comes to the…  See more details below

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Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad time to be the Man of Steel in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster. When terrorists threaten to destroy Paris with a thermonuclear device as they hold reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) hostage, Superman (Christopher Reeve) comes to the rescue and flings the weapon into space. However, its blast outside the earth's orbit awakens Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran), three villains from Superman's home planet of Krypton who were exiled to outer space for their crimes. Zod and his partners arrive on Earth and use their powers in a bid to take over the U.S., and then the world. However, when Lois realizes that mild mannered Clark Kent and Superman are actually the same person, he brings her to his Fortress of Solitude, where his decision to marry Lois costs him his remarkable strength. Without his super powers, how can Superman vanquish Zod and save the world? Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Susannah York, and Jackie Cooper return from the first film, which was shot at the same time as parts of the sequel.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A relative rarity -- a sequel that's just as good as the original -- Superman II continues the Man of Steel's crusade against villainous Lex Luthor and pits him against Kryptonian supercriminals to boot. Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas, and Jack O'Halloran play the mischievous miscreants who, imprisoned long ago in the "Phantom Zone" by Superman's father, finally escape and make their way to Earth to wreak vengeance on his son. Their alliance with Luthor (once again played with tongue in cheek by Gene Hackman) makes no end of trouble for Krypton's last son, whose final showdown with the superbad guys lays waste to midtown Metropolis. Christopher Reeve, seemingly more comfortable in the familiar red-and-blue costume, is solidly convincing in the title role, and Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, and Marc McClure effectively reprise their roles from the first film. Picking up plot strings left dangling from Superman -- and using extra footage shot by Richard Donner -- director Richard Lester (The Three Musketeers) wastes no time getting to the action, and as a result the sequel has more comic book flavor than its predecessor. Colorful, extravagant, and fast moving, Superman II is considered the best of the series by some discriminating aficionados.
All Movie Guide
Arguably the best of the Superman films, Superman II is darker than its counterparts, with a more foreboding, mythological atmosphere that's arguably closer in tone to the original comic book. High-energy director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) lends the franchise a verve the first film lacked. He retains the best aspects of that film -- the sharp performances and impressive visual effects -- and adds a snappier pace and a more sardonic wit. Christopher Reeve is even better than he was in the original, adding more complex shadings to the character's dilemma between his obligations as Superman and his life as Clark Kent. The supporting cast is particularly strong: Terence Stamp is humorously cocky performance as the diabolical Zod, and Gene Hackman is as sleazily entertaining as he was in the first film. Much of the sequel was shot at the same time as the first Superman (by Richard Donner, who was denied a directing credit on this film), enhancing the feeling of continuity between the two.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929091713
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
16,124

Special Features

Closed Caption; Movie with commentary by executive producer Ilya Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler; Superman's Soufflé ; deleted scene; Soundtrack remastered in dolby digital 5.1; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Reeve Clark Kent/Superman
Gene Hackman Lex Luthor
Margot Kidder Lois Lane
Ned Beatty Otis
John Cooper Dino/Perry White
Terence Stamp Gen. Zod
Sarah Douglas Ursa
Jack O'Halloran Non
Valerie Perrine Eve Teschmacher
Susannah York Lara
Clifton James Sheriff
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen
E.G. Marshall President
Hal Galili Man at Bar
Hadley Kay Jason
Dinny Powell Boog
Leueen Willoughby Leueen
Robin Pappas Alice
Roger Kemp Spokesman
Roger Brierley Terrorist
Anthony Milner Terrorist
Richard Griffiths Terrorist
Melissa Wiltsie Nun
Marc Boyle C.R.S. Man
Alan Stuart Cab Driver
John Ratzenberger Controller
Shane Rimmer Controller
John Morton Nate
Angus MacInnes Warden
Antony Sher Bellboy
Elva Mai Hoover Mother
John Hollis Krypton Elder
Gordon Rollings Fisherman
Peter Whitman Deputy
Bill Bailey J.J.
Marcus D'Amico Willie
Richard Le Parmentier Reporter
Don Fellows General
Michael J. Shannon President's Aide
Tony Sibbald Presidential Imposter
Pamela Mandell Waitress
Pepper Martin Rocky
Eugene Lipinski News Vendor
Beth Porter Football Fan (uncredited)
Tommy Duggan Diner Owner
Ken Thorne Conductor

Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Stuart Baird Editor
John Barry Production Designer
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Charman Sound Mixer
Colin Chilvers Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Roy Field Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Harry Lange Production Designer
Tom Mankiewicz Consultant/advisor
Peter Murton Production Designer
Leslie Newman Screenwriter
David Newman Screenwriter
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Zoran Perisic Special Effects
Mario Puzo Original Story,Screenwriter
Ilya Salkind Executive Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
John Victor Smith Editor
Pierre Spengler Producer
Ken Thorne Score Composer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Vincent Winter Production Manager
Sue Yelland Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Superman II
1. Trio of Traitors [3:07]
2. Credits and Recap of Superman: The Movie [5:25]
3. Headline Story in Paris [3:44]
4. Lois' Elevator Ride [5:40]
5. Bomb Damage [4:33]
6. Luther Does Laundry [2:11]
7. Unidentified Flying Villains [5:28]
8. Balloon Bustout [2:59]
9. Honeymooners [4:00]
10. Louis Puts It All Together [4:30]
11. Intruders at the Fortress of Solitude [4:35]
12. Waterlogged to Make a Point [3:23]
13. Planet Houston [1:57]
14. "You Are Superman" [3:14]
15. Laying Down The Law [2:59]
16. Trip North [1:07]
17. Beginning To Bore Him [2:38]
18. Secrets Revealed [2:00]
19. Something More Interesting [2:51]
20. Blowing a Helicopter a Kiss [2:24]
21. Made Mortal for Love [1:32]
22. White House Visitors [4:11]
23. Diner Humiliation [3:31]
24. "I Have to Go Back" [3:25]
25. The Green Crystal [1:52]
26. Luthor Pays a Call [2:40]
27. Daily Planet Visitors [3:00]
28. Battle of Titans [3:10]
29. Catching a Bus [7:20]
30. Big Wind in Metropolis [2:00]
31. A Coward After All? [2:28]
32. Final Confrontation [2:26]
33. Molecular Rearrangement [3:47]
34. Slight Case of Amnesia [5:10]
35. Return Match at the Diner [5:07]
36. Flag Flying High [1:47]
37. End Credits [:45]

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