Superman III

Dovemead Films / Cantharus Productions Released 1983




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Richard Lester

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.


Metacritic Score

  • 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
      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 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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