Superman: The Movie

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Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting of the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father, the film follows the Man of Steel Christopher Reeve as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he ...
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Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, Marc McClue 11/28/2006 HD-DVD Fine 1978 Run time: 151. Excellent condition. Complete packaging. Fast shipping & ... friendly Midwestern service! Read more Show Less

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Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting of the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father, the film follows the Man of Steel Christopher Reeve as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane Margot Kidder, who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor Gene Hackman launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Superman: The Movie is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Maniewicz; Taking Flight: The Development of Superman; Making Superman: Filming the Legend; Superman screen test; Music-only audio track; Theatrical trailers and TV spot
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A rousing big-budget spectacle of the highest order, 1978's Superman succeeds thanks to its snappy pace, a witty script and a slew of memorable performances. Director Richard Donner wanted an unknown for the tricky title role; Christopher Reeve fits the bill with a finely nuanced performance, poking fun at the Superman mystique without diminishing its power. The reliable Gene Hackman steals just about every scene he's in as smarmy archenemy Lex Luthor. In a smaller but no less memorable role, Marlon Brando was reportedly paid close to $4 million dollars for his ten-minute cameo as The Man of Steel's father. Superman proved to be another hit for Donner, following 1976's The Omen; the film would inspire three sequels of descending quality (though many argue that the second installment is in fact superior to this one).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • UPC: 012569809680
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Time: 2:31:00
  • Format: HD-DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Jor-El
Gene Hackman Lex Luthor
Christopher Reeve Clark Kent/Superman
Margot Kidder Lois Lane
Ned Beatty Otis
Jackie Cooper Perry White
Glenn Ford Jonathan Kent
Trevor Howard First Elder
Jack O'Halloran Non
Valerie Perrine Eve Teschmacher
Maria Schell Vond-Ah
Terence Stamp Gen. Zod
Susannah York Lara
Jeff East Young Clark Kent
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen
Sarah Douglas Ursa
Harry Andrews Second Elder
Lee Quigley Baby Kal-El
Aaron Smolinski Baby Clark Kent
Ben Feitelson
Michael Gover
Noel Neill Couple on Train
Phyllis Thaxter Maftha Kent
Leueen Willoughby
Robert Dahdah Newspaper Customer
Paul Avery
Keith Alexander
Mark Wynter
Vass Anderson 3rd Elder
John Hollis 4th Elder
David Neal 7th Elder
William Russell 8th Elder
Penelope Lee 9th Elder
John Stuart 10th Elder
Diane Sherry Lana Lang
Billy Mitchell 1st Editor
Robert Henderson 2nd Editor
Larry Lamb 1st Reporter
John Cassady 3rd Reporter
Antony Scott 5th Reporter
Ray Evans 6th Reporter
Vincent Marzello 1st Copy Boy
Lise Hilboldt 1st Secretary
Rex Reed Himself
Weston Gavin Mugger
Stephen Kahan Officer 1
Ray Hassett Officer 2
Randy Jurgensen Officer
Matt Russo News Vendor
Colin Skeaping Pilot
Bo Rucker Pimp
David Baxt Burglar
John Cording 2nd Hood
Rex Everhart Desk Sergeant
Jayne Tottman Little Girl
Brian Protheroe Co-Pilot
Lawrence Trimble 1st Crewman
Robert Whelan 2nd Crewman
David Calder 3rd Crewman
Norwich Duff Newscaster
Michael Ensign Newscaster
Larry Hagman Major
Paul Tuerpé Sgt. Hayley
David Yorston Petty Officer
Robert O'Neill Admiral
Robert MacLeod General
John Ratzenberger 1st Controller
Alan Tilvern 2nd Controller
Phil Brown State Senator
Bill Bailey State Senator
Burnell Tucker Agent
Norman Warwick Superchief Driver
Chuck Julian Assistant
Kirk Alyn Young Lois Lane's father (on train)
Graham McPherson Lieutenant
Roy Stevens Warden
Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director
Ernest Archer Art Director
Stuart Baird Editor
John Barry Production Designer
Robert Benton Screenwriter
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Les Bowie Special Effects
Leslie Bricusse Songwriter
Bill Brodie Art Director
Jamie Brown Makeup
Colin Chilvers Special Effects
Denys Coop Special Effects
Stuart Craig Art Director
Sylvia Croft Makeup
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Roy Field Special Effects
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Graham Freeborn Makeup
Kay Freeborn Makeup
George Gibbs Special Effects
Graham Hartstone Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Louis Lane Makeup
Nick Maley Makeup
Tom Mankiewicz Consultant/advisor
Derek Meddings Special Effects
Nicolas Le Messurier Sound/Sound Designer
Angela Morley Musical Arrangement
Basil Newall Makeup
Leslie Newman Screenwriter
David Newman Screenwriter
Zoran Perisic Special Effects
Mario Puzo Original Story, Screenwriter
Tony Reading Art Director
Connie Reeve Makeup
Norman Reynolds Art Director
Philip Rhodes Makeup
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Ilya Salkind Executive Producer, Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
Pierre Spengler Producer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Fred C. Weiler Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Universally Praised

    Even after watching the newer 'Superman Returns' movie from 2007, this one is fantastic. The story, characters, and effects are all great. This movie holds up very well all these years later and is highly recommended for any comic fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christopher Reeve is the real Superman!

    Christopher Reeve is the real Superman! This movie from 1978 is the very first movie about the man of steel. If you remember this movie then you remember the late 1970s! Marlon Brando is Jor-el, Margot Kidder is Lois Lane, Gene Hackman is Lex Luthor, this is a great movie that is superb and supasses the test of time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Leroy Walters Superman Fan

    The best movie ever. Christopher Reeves is perfect as Superman. The whole cast is Perfect. The movie is Perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Comicbook Adaption

    Without a doubt Richard Donner's Superman is the best movie made out of a comicbook in film history. It is able to give the origin of Superman without boring those familiar to the story and bring in humor to show that the character is a bit chessy. Christopher Reeve is the epitome of the hero, and does a brilliant job conveying the emotions behind the man of steel. A must for comicbook fans and those who hate them alike

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comic Book Adventure Comes to Life

    Great example of bringing the comic book adventure to life, setting the stage for sequels, Batman movies and many other copies. If you like the film, check out the book Curse of the Silver Screen - Tragedy & Disaster Behind the Movies for a behind the scenes look at the making of this troubled series and the tragedies that hit the stars of the film. Available in the book section

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