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Superman (1978)

Superman

Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

PG, 2 hr. 22 min.

Directed by: Richard Donner, Jonathan Barry, David Tomblin

Release Date: December 15, 1978

Synopsis: Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting of the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton (where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father), the film follows the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) as he's sent to Earth where he... read more develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Superman: The Movie is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Quotes


    • Lex Luthor: My mother lives on the east coast.
    • Lex Luthor: This is Lex Luthor. Only one thing alive with less than four legs can hear this frequency, Superman, and that's you.
    • Lex Luthor: You know why the number is important? I'll tell you. It's your weight and my IQ.
    • Jor-El: Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you've been raised as a human, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have as yet discovered.
    • Clark Kent/Superman: Hi there. Something wrong with the elevator?
    • Lex Luthor: [to Otis] Do you know why the number two hundred is so vitally descriptive to both you and me? It's your weight and my I.Q.
    • Clark Kent/Superman: I'm here to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.
    • Jor-El: They're a good people, Kal-El. They need only to be shown the way.
    • Clark Kent/Superman: (a thug strikes Superman from behind with a crowbar, it vibrates his hand) Bad vibrations?
    • Lois Lane: Thats Clark nice....
    • Lex Luthor: It's a wonder that brain can keep its his legs moving.
    • Clark Kent/Superman: Easy, miss. I've got you.
    • Lois Lane: You - you've got me? Who's got you?
    • Warden: This country is safe again Superman, thanks to you.
    • Clark Kent/Superman: No, sir. Don't thank me, Warden. We're all part of the same team. Good night.
    • Lois Lane: Easy, Miss. I've got you.
    • First Elder: You've got me, who's got you?
    • Clark Kent/Superman: Is that how a warped brain like yours gets its kicks? By planning the death of innocent people?
    • Lex Luthor: No, by causing the death of innocent people.
    • Clark Kent/Superman: Actually she's silver haired....
    • Jor-El: Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. Always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son.
    • Clark Kent/Superman: You don't even care where that other missile is headed, do you?
    • Lex Luthor: Of course I do. I know exactly where it's headed. Hackensack, New Jersey.

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  • You'll believe a man can fly.