Superman – The Movie

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  • A new, updated version of the popular comic book hero “Superman.” The story begins with Superman’s birth on the doomed planet Krypton and follows him on his arrival to Earth, his childhood in Kansas and his career as reporter for the Daily Planet.Running Time: 175 min. Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: PG Age: 085391131014 UPC: 085391131014 Manuf

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A new, updated version of the popular comic book hero “Superman.” The story begins with Superman’s birth on the doomed planet Krypton and follows him on his arrival to Earth, his childhood in Kansas and his career as reporter for the Daily Planet.Amazon.com essential video
Richard Donner’s 1978 epic about the Man of Steel showed how a film about a superhero could be a moving and romantic experience even for people who long ago gave up comic books. Beginning on the… More >>

Superman – The Movie

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  1. As yet I have been unable to view this Film as it’s not for UK but only for the USA. I am disapointed that this was not pointed out to me before I purchased them.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I remember going to see this movie in 1978.You could feel the anticipation and excitement in the audience just before the first flying scene.You can believe a man can fly,but can you believe the illogical plot?Lex Luther(Gene Hackman)is going to create new beachfront property by separating California from the rest of the USA with nuclear weapons and Superman reverses time by reversing the rotation of the Earth(come again??).This movie has superb production values and good performances,but is let down by a ridiculous and campy plot and villian.If it had stuck to a serious plot,like Star Wars,it would have done much better.An over-rated film.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. I am simply astounded by the popularity of this terrible film. One would imagine that one of the most popular superhero films ever made would at least be entertaining in a base kind of way, but this film fails in nearly every way. The script is the worst I have ever seen. The Superman universe’s fictional laws are constantly contradicted and broken when it fits the director’s whim.

    The dialogue and acting are atrocious. All of the actors (and it stars people like Reeves and Hackman, who are both very good actors) portray their roles with a kind of smirky self-consciousness, as if to underscore the ridiculousness of the production. The dialogue is an endless stream of boorish cliches, from start to finish. This particular quality (the low quality of the dialogue) is overpowering in two sequences: the opening scene on Krypton, and the the bit which was probably intended as romantic where Superman and Lois Lane go flying around the city. The latter is worse. Lane’s voiceover seems like a distillation of the worst elements of dialogue in Harlequin romances, purified to their rotten, insipid core. Dialogue this bad shouldn’t exist.

    The film is unaware of whether it wants to be good campy fun or a serious work of cinema. It tries to be both, and fails to be either. The campy plot, dialogue, and acting serve to undermine the seriousness inherent in several of the film’s attempts at poignancy. And, likewise, the seriousness undermines the film’s campiness.

    This is the worst kind of film: that which requires its characters to act stupid or incomprehensible in order to drive the drama. It goes all out. Characters act randomly, with no explanation as to why they are doing what they are doing.. Villains talk about how Superman cannot be harmed by bullets or fire… and then proceed to attack him with bullets and fire. Luthor (who boasts about having an IQ of 200) describes his plot in great detail to Superman, and then leaves him in the same room as a woman who has just expressed horror at his (Luthor’s) plans. Clark Kent states that he must leave the home of his mother, without ever expressing why he must to the audience: we (and his mother, evidently) are expected to infer this information.

    What makes this film so offensive, however, isn’t the poor acting, dialogue, characters, or plot (this is, after all, a SUPERMAN movie – you can only go so far with the material), but the fact that the script disregards basic rules of narrative construction, contradicting logic and this world’s fictional rules when it sees fit to do so. At one moment, Superman must change in a phone booth in order to rescue Lois Lane. During another, he can magically change what he is wearing in order to address a threat by Luthor. Moreover, Superman can not only reverse time by spinning the Earth backward on its axis (a dubious notion to begin with), but can select which aspects of the past he’d like to change.

    This film was primarily a spectacle of Special Effects when it was released. It has suffered the fate all such films must: its techniques are now exceedingly phony looking, and when the graphical prettiness is no longer an element, the film collapses.

    I am neither given to misanthropy nor to elitism, but I must question the collective sanity of the people of this world when such a lazy film as this is so widely loved to this day.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. I know Superman geeks hold Richard Donner in esteem over this tepid “adaptation”. Too bad Sam Peckinpah turned this sucker down. I know many people have found it hard to imagine what Sam would have done with this. Let me try: It would take place in El Paso with Clark Kent being some guy on the lam for years. In Peckinpah’s “Superman”, Kent would not have supernatural powers, only a lot of guns and would be drunk a lot. In flashbacks we learn that in high school he was some put-upon Dustin Hoffman “Straw Dogs” type, who finally goes off the deep end when the bullies who’ve been giving him hell gang rape his girlfriend Lana Lang. Of course, Lang is shown as sort of enjoying her debasement. He massacres all the bullies and becomes a hit man. On the lam, he meets with a hooker named Lois Lane who’s on the run from her sadistic pimp, Lex Luther. There are various hijinks along the way involving bikers, tequila, more gang-rapes, more tequilla, and Kent/Superman killing more of Luther’s henchmen. Kent/Superman would be played by Kris Kristofferson or Tommy Lee Jones. Luther would be played by Ernest Borgnine. Luther’s henchman Otis would be played by Warren Oates or Alphonso Arau. Lois Lane would be played by either Susan George or even better, Pam Grier. The film would end with another massacre and some depressing 70s era ballad over the end credits (Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” or something similar).
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. I have never watched a Superman movie or episode but Superman sounded kinda cool so I rented it. I was highly mortified by the extremely horrifying display on my television set. If only i could go back in time and tell the 2 hour ago me not to watch this terrible excuse for a movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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