Superman

1978

Action / Adventure / Drama / Romance / Sci-Fi

141
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 138837

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Director

Cast

Marlon Brando as Jor-El
Noel Neill as Ella Lane
John Ratzenberger as 1st Controller
Christopher Reeve as Superman / Clark Kent
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2.85 GB
1920*800
English
PG
23.976 fps
2hr 23 min
P/S 91 / 311

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Reviewed by Movie_Muse_Reviews 8 / 10

A clear precursor to the modern-day superhero film, and a classic in its own right

In more ways than we probably know, the 1978 film adaptation of "Superman" set the stage for the modern-day superhero movie, even though the comic book film boom was decades away. Nearly 40 years later now, Richard Donner's film boasts a unique combination of qualities: it has a classic if somewhat campy feel, iconic imagery and music and – compared to today – a refreshingly character-focused approach.

The first 30 minutes are still among the superhero genre's best. One of John Williams' best musical themes and an innovative title sequence evoke the excitement of "Star Wars" (released a year earlier) and the production design of the Krypton scenes are not only unforgettable, they set the tone for "Superman" adaptations going forward. With Marlon Brando at the center, the film begins with an incredible amount of gravitas, a cue to audiences at the time that this was a comic book film to be taken more seriously than the "Superman" and "Batman" television programs of the '50s and '60s.

Then, if "Superman" has nothing else going for it, it has Christopher Reeve. He's not some incredible actor, but if you close your eyes and picture Superman in the flesh, you probably think of Reeve. Presence is everything in his performance, and the way he controls it, fluctuating between dweeby Clark Kent and the swoon- inducing Superman, is what earns him all his charm. It's this perfect casting of stature with Reeve that has made casting this character so difficult and prone to intense scrutiny ever since.

Opposite him is Margot Kidder, fumbling her words marvelously as Superman's presence as intrepid reporter Lois Lane. She's a damsel in distress here, but a post-Women's Liberation version in a way; she's got attitude and drive, even if she spends a lot of screen time screaming for her life or gawking at Superman. The interview scene and night flight is cheesy, but name the last superhero film that devoted a sequence of that length to its love story. There aren't many. These films demand action today, not magic carpet rides. Much of that scene hinges on the flight special effects, however, so it feels a bit dated and boring, but their time together proves critical to the film's emotional payoff.

Loopholes and too much required suspension of disbelief are the only major negatives of "Superman." Even the silliness of Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor and his dim-witted cronies Otis (Ned Beatty) and Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine) luxuriating in Luthor's subterranean mansion has a certain delightful whimsy about it, even if it feels reminiscent of the villainous plots of a '60s cartoon. How Luthor obtains all the critical information he needs about Superman without leaving his house is disappointing to be sure, but it gets a free pass for 1978, especially because it's clear that Luthor and Co. are intended to be comic relief.

Lastly, Donner truly makes "Superman" a cinematic experience. Although it takes trying to put yourself in the shoes of someone seeing this in 1978 to truly appreciate it, it's clear the production spared no expense to make the film feel novel. Next to "Star Wars," it's likely the decade's finest visual achievement. Donner understood this and devotes extra time to the majesty and adventure of the whole experience, lingering a little longer here and there to make the movie feel larger than life. All of this is of course accentuated if not dependent upon the terrific score.

As the best film adaptations of anything do, "Superman" gave so much back to the character and informed how it would be adapted in the future – even in the comics. The ways it innovated and set the tone for comic book movies are apparent, as are the ways it also mimicked the past. Whether it feels dated or like an absolute classic, it did set in motion so much of what came after for costumed heroes on the big screen.

~Steven C

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Reviewed by Horst in Translation ([email protected]) 6 / 10

Probably not a super movie, but a good one

"Superman" is an American/British/Swiss live action movie from 1978, so this one has its 40th anniversary next year. It was the film that turned comic book character into a full feature superhero to be reckoned with. Sure there were a lot of other inclusions of him in film and television before that, but none of them were really as impactful as Adam West's Batman series for example. The most known were probably still the old cartoons from the days of WWII. Anyway, if you take a look at the people who made this, you will find many big names. The writing team is packed with Oscar winners and nominees that were in charge of several films that are considered classics today and this is also true for director Richard Donner, even if he was never nominated for an Oscar. He is still alive today by the way, in his late 80s. And the cast list is just as spectacular. Brando and Hackman in the same film, add to that Stamp, a personal favorite of mine and Oscar nominees Cooper, Howard, Perrine in supporting roles plus the likes of Maria Schell etc. This project was really destined to turn into something big. And it sort of did.

I think it was a good watch. Even at over 2 hours and 20 minutes, it basically never drags, which is quite an achievement. Sure there are moments that you will maybe not like as much as others, but they were gone quickly and it is all subjective obviously. The long runtime is also justified by the story. There really is a lot in here: Jor-El, the childhood, the reckoning of his powers, becoming Superman, leading a normal life at the same time, meeting Lex and keeping his catastrophe from happening. At under 2 hours, it could certainly have felt rushed, so it's all good. I am not sure if I am entirely sold on the ill-fated Chris Reeve playing the title character. It's not that he is bad or anything, but lets decide after film 2 perhaps if I think he is right for the part. The best thing about the film were maybe the first 25 minutes as Brando really shines there and I find it shocking that he received zero awards recognition for his turn here, if even the female assistant to the bad guy got some. Speaking about the bad guy, Gene Hackman is a brilliant actor, but honest he wasn't working too well here for me I must say. Maybe they gave him the wig, so he wouldn't feel like another Blofeld or so as he sure had an aura of Bond villain to him. Just like the girls, especially Perrine's character, felt a bit like Bond girls and as I am a huge Bond fan, maybe that helped the film with me.

Still it is okay overall: If you like superhero films, then you can check this one out and like it too. The Oscar nominations it got are okay, by the way it lost two of them to Best Picture winner "The Deer Hunter". So yeah, I liked the beginning the most, but the fact that the film would have worked without it too, shows that everything afterward isn't too bad either. Audiences apparently thought the same and Reeve reprised his role several times in some sequels that were after the first sequel not well-received anymore. But the pathos of Superman is shown by this still being the defining role of his career. And of course, in the wave of recent superhero films, the character is more than present in today's cinematic landscape. Back to this one here: I am not too enthusiastic about it to be honest, but it was a decent introduction to the character and universe and as I have always been bigger on Batman and Spider-Man, my judgment is a bit biased here. "Superman" gets a thumbs-up from me. Go check it out.

Reviewed by ulyssesgammahose 8 / 10

Review of the 3-hour extended cut

I hate to be the bearer of bad news....but the new 3 hour cut is not worth watching. It just makes everything longer for no reason, it's clear why the extra scenes were deleted in the first place, and a lot of it actually detracts from the film.

The most worthwhile additions are: Superman saving Miss Tessmacher from Lex's pit of big cats; more on Lois' interview with the Native American; and more disaster movie action during the earthquake.

But most of it is just padding and jokes which fall flat. The scenes of the Metropolis cops pursuing Otis? This is now twice as long, for no real reason. There are longer establishing shots. There's stuff we don't need to see, like Clark and Lois getting a taxi after the alleyway mugger incident. And so on.

We get a lot more of Lex, Otis and Miss Tessmacher messing around, and most of it is simply not very good. The whole sequence of them changing the nuclear codes and encountering the soldiers on the bridge is now much longer, and full of gags, but ruins the underlying danger of what's happening. In fact that sums up my feelings on the 3 hour cut as a whole; I thought it would make the film seem more epic, but it actually makes it more of a comedy. The only addition which is funny is when Otis follows Lex around, trying to squeeze the water out of his robe.

The best thing about the 3 hour cut is that is shows you what a film editor does. By looking at this and then the normal version or the Donner cut, you can see that by trimming the fat, making everything more succinct, clearer and pacier, you can create a better movie.

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