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Story

Richard Donner's 1978 epic about the Man of Steel showed how a film about a superhero could be a moving and romantic experience even for people who long ago gave up comic books. Beginning on the icy planet Krypton, the story follows the baby Kal-El, whose rocket ship lands in Smallville, Kansas. He is found there by a childless couple and raised as the shy Clark Kent (the young Kent is played by Jeff East). The film is perhaps most touching in these sequences, with expanses of wheat fields blowing in the wind and with a young man who can't figure out what part in destiny his great powers are meant to play. The second half, with Reeve taking over as Clark/Superman, is bustling, enchanting (the scene in which Superman flies girlfriend Lois Lane--played by Margot Kidder--through the night sky is great date material), and funny, thanks largely to Gene Hackman's sardonic portrayal of nemesis Lex Luthor. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Marlon BrandoJor-El
Gene HackmanLex Luthor
Christopher ReeveSuperman / Clark Kent
Ned BeattyOtis
Jackie CooperPerry White
Glenn FordPa Kent
Trevor Howard1st Elder
Margot KidderLois Lane
Jack O'HalloranNon
Valerie PerrineEve Teschmacher
Maria SchellVond-Ah
Terence StampGeneral Zod
Phyllis ThaxterMa Kent
Susannah YorkLara
Jeff EastYoung Clark Kent
Marc McClureJimmy Olsen
Sarah DouglasUrsa
Harry Andrews2nd Elder
Vass Anderson3rd Elder
John Hollis4th Elder
James Garbutt5th Elder
Michael Gover6th Elder
David Neal7th Elder
William Russell8th Elder
Penelope Lee9th Elder
John Stuart10th Elder
Alan Cullen11th Elder
Lee QuigleyBaby Kal-El
Aaron SmolinskiBaby Clark Kent
Diane SherryLana Lang
Jeff AtchesonCoach
Brad FlockBrad
David PetrouTeam Manager
Billy J. Mitchell1st Editor
Robert Henderson2nd Editor
Larry Lamb1st Reporter
James Brockington2nd Reporter
John Cassady3rd Reporter
John F. Parker4th Reporter
Antony Scott5th Reporter
Ray Evans6th Reporter
Sue Shifrin7th Reporter (as Su Shifrin)
Miquel Brown8th Reporter

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  • Genre: Fantasy Movies
  • Theme(s): Sci-Fi (Futuristic)
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 143 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 15, 1978
    EuropeDec 14, 1978
    JapanJun 30, 1979
    AustraliaDec 21, 1978
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaNov 28, 2006
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 1, 2001
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