Superman III
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Superman III

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Director: Richard Lester

Cast: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper

     
 

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In a major departure from the tone of the preceding two Superman adventure films, this mix of vile deeds and fantasy heroics drops the "S" out of cosmic and goes for comic instead. Right at the starting gate, Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) and a subsequent slapstick sequence upstage (Christopher Reeves again), who later develops an identity crisis. Gorman, newly trained…  See more details below

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In a major departure from the tone of the preceding two Superman adventure films, this mix of vile deeds and fantasy heroics drops the "S" out of cosmic and goes for comic instead. Right at the starting gate, Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) and a subsequent slapstick sequence upstage (Christopher Reeves again), who later develops an identity crisis. Gorman, newly trained as a computer whiz, starts working for a conglomerate run by the corporate nemesis Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn), intent on world domination. Gorman is sent to Superman's small town of Smallville to wipe out Columbia's coffee crop by fiddling with the computer side of a weather satellite. Clark Kent is in town for his class reunion, leading Superman to clash with Gorman, which in turn, leads Gorman to develop a hybrid red Kryptonite. Unwittingly, since Gorman's wits are always in doubt, the Red Kryptonite causes Superman to split into a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde schizophrenia -- but in two separate bodies. As the evil Superman swaggers around town, megalomaniac Ross Webster has other tricks in mind -- and in one of the more memorable action scenes (interspersed with a video game sequence), Superman is chased through the Grand Canyon by a fast-flying, very determined missile. Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) is on hand for romantic interest (Margot Kidder only appears briefly -- she was growing tired of Lois Lane).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Enhancing its comic book action with broad comedy -- and lots of it -- Superman III gives Christopher Reeve's Man of Steel a delightful foil in Richard Pryor, whose energetic performance adds considerable oomph to this 1983 entry in the series. Pryor plays a skittish, wisecracking computer operator who inadvertently contributes to Superman's near defeat at the hands of archvillain Robert Vaughn. Annette O'Toole contributes additional spice as Clark Kent's old flame, Lana Lang, who sparks the mild-mannered reporter's fires while Margot Kidder's Lois Lane has a diminished role. Director Richard Lester sacrifices some of the series' mythic qualities in his single-minded pursuit of laughs, as evidenced by an opening-reel slapstick smorgasbord, in addition to Pryor's typical manic antics. Less dramatically intense than the first two installments, Superman III still offers plenty of superpowered action for fans and is clearly the fastest, funniest, and most family friendly film in the series.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2006
UPC:
0012569868526
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
33,141

Special Features

Commentary by executive producer Ilya Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler; Vintage TV special The Making of Superman III; Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Reeve Clark Kent/Superman
Richard Pryor Gus Gorman
John Cooper Perry White
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen
Annette O'Toole Lana Lang
Annie Ross Vera Webster
Pamela Stephenson Lorelei Ambrosia
Robert Vaughn Ross Webster
Margot Kidder Lois Lane
Gavan O'Herlihy Brad
Christopher Malcolm Actor
Nancy Roberts Unemployment Clerk
Graham Stark Blind Man
Henry Woolf Penguin Man
Gordon Rollings Man in Cap
Justin Case Mime
Bob Todd Dignified Gent
Terry Camilleri Delivery Man
Stefan Kalipha Data School Instructor
Helen Horton Miss Henderson
Lou Hirsch Fred
Bill Reimbold Wages Man
Shane Rimmer State Policeman
Al Matthews Fire Chief
Barry Dennen Dr. McClean
Enid Saunders Minnie Bannister
Robert Henderson Mr. Simpson
R.J. Bell Mr. Stokis
Pamela Mandell Mrs. Stokis
Peter Whitman Man at Cash Point
Ronnie Brody Husband
Sandra Dickinson Wife
Philip Gilbert Newsreader
Pat Starr White-Coated Scientist
Gordon Signer Mayor
John Bluthal Pisa Vendor
George Chisholm Street Sweeper
Robert Beatty Tanker Captain
Larry Lamb Miner
David Winning Commuter

Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Art Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Charles Bishop Art Director
Roy Charman Sound Mixer
Colin Chilvers Special Effects
Bert Davey Art Director,Production Designer
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Paul Engelen Makeup
Roy Field Special Effects
Graham Freeborn Makeup
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Martin Gutteridge Special Effects
John Harris Camera Operator
Evangeline Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Vangie Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Hollywood Editor
Giorgio Moroder Songwriter
Peter Murton Production Designer
David Newman Screenwriter
Leslie Newman Screenwriter
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Zoran Perisic Consultant/advisor
Ilya Salkind Executive Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
Bob Simmonds Associate Producer
John Victor Smith Editor
Pierre Spengler Producer
Ken Thorne Score Composer
Brian Warner Special Effects
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Stunts
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Vincent Winter Production Manager
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Superman III [Deluxe Edition]
1. Job Hunter Gus Gorman [2:35]
2. Metropolis Credits and Chaos [5:55]
3. Travel Plans [3:34]
4. Penny Larceny [2:25]
5. Blazing Chemicals [5:28]
6. Lake-Sized Miracle [1:53]
7. Smallville Class of 1965 [4:36]
8. Lana Lang and the One That Got Away [2:08]
9. Complete and Utter Moron [2:08]
10. Bowled Over [2:00]
11. Push-Button Proposition [5:05]
12. Gus in Smallville [1:23]
13. Ricky's Close Call [4:41]
14. Drinking Away the Night Shift [2:36]
15. Hacker Havoc [4:50]
16. Stormy Weather [2:19]
17. Rooftop Skiing [5:23]
18. Formula for Kryptonite [3:09]
19. Key to Smallville [1:00]
20. Three-Star Saboteur [3:35]
21. Too Late the Hero [2:38]
22. No More Mr. Nice Guy [3:13]
23. Gus's Pocketful of Plans [4:02]
24. Big Spill [6:46]
25. Young Fan's Encouragement [2:18]
26. His Own Worst Enemy [5:55]
27. Rid of His Bad Self [2:49]
28. What a Jukebox! [3:46]
29. Let the Games Begin [3:02]
30. Defensive Action [2:16]
31. Lethal Green Ray [2:39]
32. Yo-Yo to the Rescue? [2:07]
33. Attack of the Cyberwoman [2:09]
34. Micro Meltdown [2:12]
35. Gus Flies High [3:55]
36. Ring From Superman [1:46]
37. New Face [1:23]
38. Lean On Superman [1:13]
39. End Credits [3:43]

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Superman III 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good installmant in the series but Lex Luther{Gene Hackman} is missed. Superman is battling a psychotic buissman named Ross Webster{Robert Vaughn. Gus Gorman{Richard Pryar} is looking for a job so he goes to Webster. Gorman makes an evil Superman and good Clark Kent is now against evil Superman. Overall an enjoyable flick with some funny moments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually liked the idea of taking an already-established universe from the first two movies and shoot it from a different point of view - in this case, Richard Pryor's. Adding humor to parts of the film worked fairly well since it didn't detract from the main characters. Where it started going downhill is how hammy the villains were at times and how easily the movie dated itself. The focus is on computers and due to this it feels incredibly dated. The best scene is when Christopher Reed played opposite himself, when the good side of Superman battled the evil side in a junkyard. Certainly a better movie than part IV.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago