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Genre: Action, superhero, drama
Photography: Color
Running Time: 143 minutes

127 minutes (WCI Home Video VHS/Betamax release)

Country: United States
Release Date: December 10, 1978
Directed by: Richard Donner
Written by: Mario Puzo
based on Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Distributed by: Warner Brothers
Starring: Christopher Reeve
Marlon Brando
Margot Kidder
Glenn Ford
Phyllis Thaxter
Jackie Cooper
Trevor Howard
Marc McClure
Terence Stamp
Previous film: N/A
Next film: Superman II

Superman (informally titled Superman: The Movie in some listings and reference sources) is a 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp, Trevor Howard and Phyllis Thaxter.


Sometime after Kal-El’s home planet Krypton explodes, Kal-El is raised by an elder couple and as he grows older, he realizes that he has special powers and decides to apply for a job at the Daily Planet, a newspaper company and goes under the Earth name as Clark Kent. Clark later realizes that he has special powers and decides to call his superhero name Superman. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor and his bumbling sidekick, Otis (Ned Beatty) decide to get rid of the coast of California and also eliminate Superman. Superman stops Lex’s evil plans and flies off.

Why It Rocks

  1. Christopher Reeve's performance as the title character made a majority of people believe that a man could fly.
  2. The action scenes are well shot and well choreographed.
  3. Good special effects
  4. Good cinematography.
  5. Good mix of humor, action and suspense.
  6. Gene Hackman made a great Lex Luthor.
  7. The big bang of today's superhero movies.
  8. John Williams’ opening score fit the film’s opening scene and has become iconic to this day.
  9. The character of Otis is funny and makes a great comic relief.
  10. Nice iconic scenes like the Earth reversing.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the flight effects haven't aged well.


Superman currently holds a 93% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a critic consensus that reads “Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon. Film critic Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a four out of four stars and described the film as "a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- you know what else? Wit."[1] In 2017, the film was placed in the National Film Registry.



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