Superman: The Movie

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Overview

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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Overview

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

Closed Caption; Commentary by producer Pierre Spangler and executive producer Ilya Salkind; Theatrical trailers; TV spot
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 883929091720
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,271

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
Keith Alexander
Kirk Alyn Young Lois Lane's father (on train)
Vass Anderson 3rd Elder
Paul Avery
Bill Bailey State Senator
David Baxt Burglar
Phil Brown State Senator
David Calder 3rd Crewman
John Cassady 3rd Reporter
John Cording 2nd Hood
Robert Dahdah Newspaper Customer
Norwich Duff Newscaster
Ray Evans 6th Reporter
Rex Everhart Desk Sergeant
Ben Feitelson
Weston Gavin Mugger
Michael Gover
Larry Hagman Major
Ray Hassett Officer 2
Robert Henderson 2nd Editor
Lise Hilboldt 1st Secretary
John Hollis 4th Elder
Chuck Julian Assistant
Randy Jurgensen Officer
Stephen Kahan Officer 1
Larry Lamb 1st Reporter
Penelope Lee 9th Elder
Robert MacLeod General
Vincent Marzello 1st Copy Boy
Graham McPherson Lieutenant
Michael Ensign Newscaster
Billy Mitchell 1st Editor
David Neal 7th Elder
Noel Neill Couple on Train
Robert O'Neill Admiral
Brian Protheroe Co-Pilot
John Ratzenberger 1st Controller
Rex Reed Himself
Bo Rucker Pimp
William Russell 8th Elder
Matt Russo News Vendor
Antony Scott 5th Reporter
Diane Sherry Lana Lang
Colin Skeaping Pilot
Roy Stevens Warden
John Stuart 10th Elder
Phyllis Thaxter Maftha Kent
Alan Tilvern 2nd Controller
Jayne Tottman Little Girl
Lawrence Trimble 1st Crewman
Burnell Tucker Agent
Paul Tuerpé Sgt. Hayley
Norman Warwick Superchief Driver
Robert Whelan 2nd Crewman
Leueen Willoughby
Mark Wynter
David Yorston Petty Officer
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
Alexander Salkind Producer
Ilya Salkind Executive Producer, Producer
Pierre Spengler Producer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Fred C. Weiler Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Superman: The Movie
1. Intergalactic Credits
2. Verdict on Krypton
3. The Phantom Zone
4. Jor-El's Warning
5. A Father's Farewell
6. Blastoff to Safety
7. Krypton's End
8. Education En Route
9. Help With a Flat
10. Unbelievable Lois
11. Another Father's Farewell
12. Time to Leave
13. Fortress of 13 Solitude
14. Twelve Years Tutelage
15. The Daily Planet
16. Faster Than a Bullet
17. Dead-End Trail
18. Luthor's Lair
19. It's Not a Date
20. Helicopter Emergency
21. "Who's Got You?!?"
22. Crooks to Cats
23. Air Force One
24. Fatherly Advice
25. Story of the 25 Century
26. Vital Statistics
27. Test Flight
28. Can You Read My Mind?
29. "That's Clark, Nice"
30. Deducting His Weakness
31. Diversionary Tactic #1
32. Diversionary Tactic #2
33. Luthor's Challenge
34. The Gauntlet
35. Luthor's Land Grab
36. Kryptonite Necklace
37. Unlikely Rescuer
38. Disasters Galore
39. Rescues Galore
40. Damming the Dam
41. Too Late for Lois
42. As the World (re)turns
43. Prison Break0in
44. End Credits
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Superman: The Movie
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz
      Music-Only Track
      Superman - The Legacy
      Cast & Crew
      Added Scenes
         Jor-El and the Council
         Security Council Meeting
         Baby Kal-El's Starship
         Young Lois With Parents on Train
         Mrs. Kent Opens up House
         Clark and Jimmy
         Jor-El and Superman
         Pedestrians and Clark
         Fire and Ice
         Hollywood Sign Falls
      Awards
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Português
         Off
      Commentary
      Music Only Track
      Continue
Disc #1, Side B -- Superman: The Movie
   Documentaries
      Taking Flight: The Development of Superman
      Making Superman: Filming the Legend
      The Magic Behind the Cape
   Additional Scenes
      Screen Tests
         Superman
         Lois Lane
         With Commentary
         Ursa
      Deleted Scenes
      Teaser Trailer
      TV Spot
      Additional Music Cues
         Main Titles
         Alt. Main Titles
         The Council's Desision
         The Krypton Quake
         More Mugger / Introducing Otis
         Air Force One
         Chasing Rockets
         Can You Read My Mind / Pop Version
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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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