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Director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) took over the franchise with this first sequel in the series, though the film doesn't look much like his usual stylish work. (Superman III is far more Lesteresque.) Still, there is a lot to like about this movie, which finds Superman grappling with the conflict between his responsibilities as Earth's savior and his own needs of the heart. Choosing the latter, he gives up his powers to be with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), but the timing is awful: three renegades from his home planet, Krypton, are smashing up the White House, aided by the mocking Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film isn't nearly as ambitious as its predecessor, but the accent on relationships over special effects (not that there aren't plenty of them) is very satisfying. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Gene HackmanLex Luthor
Christopher ReeveSuperman / Clark Kent
Ned BeattyOtis
Jackie CooperPerry White
Sarah DouglasUrsa
Margot KidderLois Lane
Jack O'HalloranNon
Valerie PerrineEve Teschmacher
Susannah YorkLara
Clifton JamesSheriff
E.G. MarshallThe President
Marc McClureJimmy Olsen
Terence StampGeneral Zod
Leueen WilloughbyLeueen
Robin PappasAlice
Roger KempSpokesman
Roger BrierleyTerrorist #1
Anthony MilnerTerrorist #2
Richard GriffithsTerrorist #3
Melissa WiltsieNun
Alain DehayGendarme
Marc BoyleC.R.S. Man
Alan StuartCab Driver
John RatzenbergerController #1
Shane RimmerController #2
John MortonNate
Jim DowdallBoris (as Jim Dowdell)
Angus MacInnesPrison Warden (as Angus McInnes)
Antony SherBell Boy
Elva Mai HooverMother (as Elva May Hoover)
Hadley KayJason

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  • Genre: Fantasy Movies
  • Theme(s): Sci-Fi (Futuristic)
  • Director: Richard Lester
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 127 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 19, 1981
    EuropeApr 9, 1981
    JapanJun 6, 1981
    AustraliaDec 4, 1980
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaNov 28, 2006
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 1, 2001
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