Superman III

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Dovemead Films / Cantharus Productions Released 1983

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Director:
Richard Lester
Released:
1983
Rating:
PG

Christopher Reeve reprises his role as Clark Kent / Superman, who this time around is headed to his hometown, Smallville, for his high school reunion. Meanwhile, computer programmer Gus Gorman has teamed up with criminal mastermind Ross Webster who devises several schemes to make himself a new world power. Webster, in an attempt to keep Superman from meddling in his plans, has Gus create synthetic kryptonite to keep the Man of Steel at bay. However, since the kryptonite lacks one crucial ingredient, it only serves to make Superman lose his passion for justice and become dark and depressed. Superman will have to recover from the effects of the fake kryptonite before Ross Webster takes control of the world.

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  • 75

    Miami Herald

    Credit goes to Richard Lester, who is much more than an action director and whose erratic brilliance occasionally transcends this material, and to Reeve, who has manfully refused t...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Superman III is the kind of movie I feared the original "Superman" would be. It's a cinematic comic book, shallow, silly, filled with stunts and action, without much human interest.

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    There are two movies in Superman III, one a witless and obvious and often cruel comic strip, the other a blithe and subtle and often amusing exercise in middle-brow camp. Not only ...

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      • Music:
        On the Streets of Metropolis
        Written by John Williams and Giorgio Moroder
        Performed and Produced by Giorgio Moroder
        Rock On
        Performed by Marshall Crenshaw
        Music by Giorgio Moroder
        Lyrics by Keith Forsey
        No See, No Cry
        Performed by Chaka Khan
        Music by Giorgio Moroder
        Lyrics by Keith Forsey
        They Won't Get Me
        Written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Larry Butler and Leslie Bricusse
        Performed by Roger Miller
        Love Theme
        Written by Giorgio Moroder and Ken Thorne
        Performed by Helen St. John
        Roll Over Beethoven
        Written by Chuck Berry
        Performed by The Beatles
        Earth Angel (will you be mine)
        Written by Dootsie Williams, Jesse Belvin and Gaynel Hodge

      • Filming locations:
        Calgary, Alberta, Canada
        Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
        Glen Canyon, Utah
        High River, Alberta, Canada
        Italy
        Page, Arizona
        Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England

      • Taglines:
        1. Superman vs. the king of computerized crime!
        2. The world's super hero in his toughest adventure yet!
        3. If the world's most powerful computer can control even Superman...no one on earth is safe.
        4. Alexander Salkind Presents Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor as you never seen them before. With more action, more twists, and more fun than Superman has ever had before!

      • Production budget - $39,000,000
        Domestic gross - $59,950,623 (12th)
        Worldwide gross - $70,656,090 (10th)

        Domestic adjusted for 2014 - $158,916,731
        Worldwide adjusted for 2014 - $187,294,715

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