Superman I-Movie

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Studio Warner
SKU 212121670
UPC 883929091720
UPC 14 00883929091720
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
All-Star
Blockbuster
Comic Book
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Fantasy
Recommended
Science-Fiction
Superheroes
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The Superman myth is well told, from his birth on the doomed planet Krypton to his childhood in a small Kansas town and beyond, in Richard Donner's blockbuster. After he comes of age, young Clark Kent, as his Earth parents have named him, learns the truth of his alien birth on a voyage of discovery to the Arctic. It is there that he learns--through a link to his long-dead birth parents--of his superhuman abilities and his responsibility to preserve and protect "truth, justice and the American Way." Once he adjusts to life in the big city, Metropolis, he discovers that hiding his superpowers as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) isn't easy as he flirts with hard-nosed Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and battles supervillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film's all-star cast includes Jackie Cooper, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford, Terence Stamp, and Valerie Perrine, among others, all camping it up wonderfully.
Plot Summary
Summary This star-packed extravaganza brings the comic book legend to the screen in grand style. It begins with Superman's scientist dad sending the infant superhero down to Earth just as the home planet, Krypton, explodes into a zillion pieces. Taking up permanent residence on Earth, the young Superman grows up into supernormal reporter Clark Kent, wooing winsome colleague Lois Lane and keeping his true identity hidden from the world. But when three villains come up with a dastardly real estate scheme that involves shoving California into the ocean, Clark Kent decides it's time to don his cape and fight the forces of evil.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You've got me? Who's got you?"--Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) to Superman (Christopher Reeve)
Reviews
Variety "...A wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy....Reeve is excellent....Superman's ultimate triumph involves a lot more than super-feats of strength, exercising the heart muscles as well..." 12/13/1978
New York Times "...Good, clean, simple-minded fun....[Reeve] manages to be both funny and comic-strip heroic..." 12/15/1978 p.C15
USA Today "...The movie still makes you believe a man can fly..." 05/04/2001 p.7E
Premiere "Its overall design continues to be the template for comic-book-movie success..." 12/01/2003 p.13
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he definitive superhero movie....This release offers a brand new lease of life for one of the most loved Science Fiction films of all time." 05/01/2007 p.84
Directors
Richard Donner
Actors
Margot Kidder
Christopher Reeve
Cast & Crew
Larry Hagman - Star
Jeff East - Star
Gene Hackman - Star
Margot Kidder - Star
Jackie Cooper - Star
Glenn Ford - Star
Marc McClure - Star
Trevor Howard - Star
Terence Stamp - Star
Ned Beatty - Star
Phil Brown - Star
Marlon Brando - Star
Valerie Perrine - Star
Christopher Reeve - Star
Susannah York - Star
Phyllis Thaxter - Star
David Newman - Screenwriter
Robert Benton - Screenwriter
John Barry - Production Designer
Ilya Salkind - Executive Producer
Denys Coop - Special Effects
Zoran Perisic - Special Effects
Pierre Spengler - Producer
Les Bowie - Special Effects
Philip Rhodes - Makeup
Derek Meddings - Special Effects
Yvonne Blake - Costume Designer
Geoffrey Unsworth - Director of Photography
Basil Newall - Makeup
Stuart Baird - Editor
Colin Chilvers - Special Effects
Roy Field - Special Effects
John Williams - Composer
Mario Puzo - Screenwriter
Leslie Newman - Screenwriter
Richard Donner - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
UPC 00883929091720
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 143 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Zoran Perisic
Award Category Best Visual Effects
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1978
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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