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The infant Kal-El, of the planet Krypton, makes his journey to Earth in a ship constructed by his father, Jor-El, just as the planet explodes. Crashing down in the midwest United States, the boy is adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent. After Jonathan's death several years later, Kal-El - now known as Clark Kent - learns of his true identity from the ghost of Jor-El. He has great powers - he can fly, outrun a train, and lift up a 1-ton truck. But it isn't until he gains a job at Metropolis' Daily Planet newspaper that things begin to come together. One night, after leaving work, he sees a helicopter crash on the building's roof. From this night on, he will be known by a new name...SUPERMAN! His mission: "To fight for truth, justice and the American Way". Lex Luthor, however, has other ideas - to sabotage a pair of nuclear missiles and use them to create an earthquake that will wipe out the California coastline. Superman must race against time and stop a sinister plan by Luthor to eliminate him before millions of innocent people are killed.
You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!
Release Date: December 10, 1978
Runtime: 143 mins
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby, Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: PG
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language.
Marlon Brando ...Jor-El
Gene Hackman ...Lex Luthor
Christopher Reeve ...Superman / Clark Kent
Ned Beatty ...Otis
Jackie Cooper ...Perry White
Glenn Ford ...Jonathan Kent
Trevor Howard ...1st Elder
Margot Kidder ...Lois Lane
Jack O'Halloran ...Non
Valerie Perrine ...Eve Teschmacher
Maria Schell ...Vond-Ah
Terence Stamp ...General Zod
Phyllis Thaxter ...Martha Kent
Susannah york ...Lara
Jeff East ...young Clark Kent
Marc McClure ...Jimmy Olsen
Sarah Douglas ...Ursa
Harry Andrews ...2nd Elder
Vass Anderson ...3rd Elder
John Hollis ...4th Elder
James Garbutt ...5th Elder
Michael Gover ...6th Elder
David Neal ...7th Elder
William Russell ...8th Elder
Penelope Lee ...9th Elder
John Stuart ...10th Elder
Alan Cullen ...11th Elder
Lee Quigley ...Baby Kal-El (placed in capsule)
Aaron Smolinski ...Baby Clark Kent
Diane Sherry ...Lana Lang
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Charles F. Greenlaw
Superman Horror Film Trailer 1
"CAN YOU READ MY MIND"
"GIVE A LITTLE BIT"
"ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK"
More Movie Taglines:
- You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!
- The movie that makes a legend come to life.
- Lois Lane: Any more at home like you? Clark Kent: Uh, not really, no.
Lex Luthor: This is Lex Luthor. Only one thing alive with less than four legs can hear this frequency, Superman, and that's you.
Lex Luthor: It's kryptonite, Superman. Little souvenir from the old home town. I spared no expense to make you feel right at home.
Lex Luthor: [swimming in the pool, listening to news broadcasts about Superman] Miss Teschmacher! Turn it off. Miss Teschmacher: [lying by the sunlamps] Lex, what's the story on this guy? Do you think it's the genuine article? Lex Luthor: If he is, he's not from this world. Miss Teschmacher: Why? Lex Luthor: Because, if any human being were going to perpetrate such a fantastic hoax, it would have been me! Otis! My robe! Otis: Right away, Mr. Luthor! Lex Luthor: It all fits somehow, his coming here to Metropolis. And at this particular time. There's a kind of cruel justice about it. I mean, to commit the crime of the century, a man naturally wants to face the challenge of the century. Otis: Listen, Mr. Luthor, maybe this guy that flies is just sort of passing through, you know? Lex Luthor: [Lex gets out of the pool, and stops at the top step. Otis starts helping Lex on with the robe as the bottom of it proceeds to get soaked] Passing through? Not on your life. Which I would gladly sacrifice, by the way, for the opportunity of destroying everything that he represents. And, Otis, by the way, next time put my robe on *after* I'm out of the pool. Otis: Oooohhhh!
[after he's explained how a meteor from Krypton can kill Superman] Lex Luthor: Doesn't it give you kind of a, a, a... shudder... of electricity through you to be in the same room with me?
- Steven Spielberg was offered the chance to direct this film, but the producers balked at the salary he asked for. They decided to wait until they saw how "this fish movie" (Jaws (1975)) that he had just completed did at the box office. The movie was a huge success, and Spielberg went on to other projects.
Guy Hamilton was originally hired to direct this movie, which was scheduled to shoot in Italy. When production was moved to England for monetary reasons, Hamilton backed out because of his status at the time as a tax exile, meaning he could only be in England for thirty days out of every year.
Among the actresses who screen tested for the role of Lois Lane were Anne Archer, Lesley Ann Warren, Deborah Raffin, Susan Blakely and Stockard Channing. One of the reasons Margot Kidder was chosen over them was the fact that she was the only one who saw the humor in the line "What color of underwear am I wearing?"
During screen tests for the role of Superman, the role of Lois Lane was played by Holly Palance.
Cameo: [Noel Neill] Lois Lane's mother. Neill played Lois Lane in Superman (1948) and Superman (1973).
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