Superman: The Movie

Dovemead Films Released 1978




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Richard Donner

As an infant, his scientist father Jor-El sent Kal-El to Earth before his planet Krypton's sun explodes. After his ship crashes in Smallville, a childless couple, Jonathan and Martha Kent, adopt Kal-El but soon realize that their son, now called Clark, is not like other children as he can run faster than a moving train and had the strength to lift a truck up one-handed at five. After his father dies, he seeks out the Fortress of Solitude, a structure built as a memorial to Krypton, in the Arctic Circle. He enters to learn about his origins and leaves with his powers fully developed and a dedication to become a savior of his adopted planet. Clark dons a pair of eyeglasses and a slightly too big suit as a reporter for The Daily Planet, keeping the guise of a bumbling clumsy man to distance himself from the costumed Superman, as dubbed by another reporter, Lois Lane. While Clark becomes a front-page story, criminal mastermind Lex Luthor plans to create a new West Coast of the US by detonating a nuclear missile into the San Andreas Fault and most definitely views Superman as a threat to his plans.


Metacritic Score

  • 100


    Magnify James Bond's extraordinary physical powers while curbing his sex drive and you have the essence of Superman, a wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy.

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special ef...

  • 70

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun, though it's a movie whose limited appeal is built in.

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    • Production Budget - $55,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $134,218,018 (3rd)
      Worldwide Gross - $300,218,018 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $468,042,319
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,046,914,114

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

    • A 2000 'restored version' of the movie runs 8 minutes longer.

    • Taglines:
      1. The movie that makes a legend come to life.
      2. You'll believe a man can fly.

    • Filming locations include:
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Alberta, Canada
      Calgary, Alberta, Canada
      Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
      Gallup, New Mexico
      Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
      Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      High River, Alberta, Canada
      Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Hoover Dam, Arizona-Nevada Border
      New York City, New York
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Red Rock State Park, Church Rock, New Mexico
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England

    • Music:
      Can You Read My Mind
      Music by John Williams
      Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
      Performed by Margot Kidder
      Give a Little Bit
      Music and Lyrics by Rick Davies & Roger Hodgson
      Performed by Supertramp
      Only You
      Performed by The Platters
      Rock Around the Clock
      Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets
      (Theatrical version only

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Editing
      2. Sound
      3. Original Score


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