Superman II

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Dovemead Films Released 1980

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Director:
Richard Donner , Richard Lester
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG

Lex Luthor is sitting in jail at the film's outset with his nincompoop partner Otis, having been put there by Superman after attempting to send most of California falling into the sea in the first movie. He is busted out by his buxom associate Ms. Tessmacher and they head north to Superman's Fortress of Solitude to learn further secrets about him to better destroy him with. Meanwhile, bigger fish emerged to be fried when the three Kryptonians imprisoned in outer space at the beginning of the first film ' General Zod, Ursa and Non are released by a nuclear blast and fly to Earth, finally to rule. It's then up to Superman to stop them before they, and Lex Luthor along with them, can succeed.

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  • 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A marvelous toy. It's funny, it's full of tricks and it manages to be royally entertaining, which is really all it aims for.

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It brings the fantastic into our everyday lives; it delights in showing us the reaction of the man on the street to Superman's latest stunt.

  • 90

    Variety

    Superman II emerges as a solid, classy, cannily constructed piece of entertainment which gets down to action almost immediately.

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      • Production Budget - $54,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $108,185,706 (2nd)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $328,176,714

      • Other production companies:
        Film Export A.G.
        International Film Production
        Columbia-EMI-Warner (UK distributor)
        Warner Bros. (US distributor)

      • Filming locations include:
        Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
        Calgary, Alberta, Canada
        Chobham Common, Surrey, England
        Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
        Norway
        Paris, France
        St Lucia

      • A 'Richard Donner Cut' of the movie was released in 2006 with a 11 minute reduction in running time.

      • Taglines:
        1. The adventure continues.
        2. The Man of Steel meets his match!
        3. The Man of Steel is back, and better than ever!
        4. Miraculously freed from eternal orbit, the three outlaws from Krypton descend to earth, for the ultimate confrontation.
        5. The three outlaws from Krypton descend to Earth to confront the Man of Steel in a cosmic battle for world supremacy.

      • Music:
        Pick Up the Pieces
        Written by Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, and Average White Band
        Performed by Average White Band

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