Release: December 15, 1978
Release: December 15, 1978

Unable To Convince The Ruling Council Of Krypton That Their World Will Destroy Itself Soon, Scientist Jor-El Takes Drastic Measures To Preserve The Kryptonian Race, He Sends His Son Kal-El To Earth, There By Gaining Great Powers Under Earth's Sun, He Will Become A Champion Of Truth And Justice, Raised By The Kents, Clark Kent Learns That His Abilities Must Be Used For Good, Clark Kent Travels To Metropolis Where He Becomes A Reporter For The Daily Planet And A Caped Wonder, Meanwhile Lex Luthor, The World's Greatest Criminal Mastermind Of All Time Is Plotting The Greatest Real Estate Swindle Of All Time By Sabotaging Two Military Missiles And Using Them To Create Earthquakes So That Lex Luthor Can Create New Homes And New Business.

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Lex Luthor: "Lex Luthor, the greatest criminal mind of all time."
Otis: "Of all time!"
Lex Luthor: "I hereby serve notice..."
Otis: "He's serving notice to you..."
Lex Luthor: "That these walls...."
Otis: "That these walls here..."
Lex Luthor: "Will you shut up, please?!!"
Superman: "All right; take 'em away, boys."
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Jor-El: "This is no careless product of wild imagination. No, my good friends. These indictments that I have brought you today...the specific charges listed herein against the individuals...their acts of treason, their ultimate aim of sedition. (lifts up his crystal staff) These are matters of undeniable fact. I ask you now to pronounce judgment on those accused: on this (referring to Non)...this mindless aberration, whose only means of expression are wanton violence and destruction. On the"
Council Member #1: "Guilty!"
Council Member #2: "Guilty!"
Council Member #3: "Guilty!"
Council Member #4: "Guilty."
General Zod: "The vote must be unanimous, Jor-El. It has therefore now become your decision. You alone will condemn us, if you wish, and you alone will be held responsible by me. (Jor-El signals the Phantom Zone) Join us. You have been known to disagree with the Council before. Yours could become an important voice in the new order, second only to my own! I offer you a chance for greatness, Jor-El! Take it! Join us! You will bow down before me, Jor-El! I swear it! No matter that it takes an eternity! YOU WILL"
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First Elder: "An unpleasant duty has been masterly performed, Jor-El. They have received the fate they deserved. Isolation in the Phantom Zone; an eternal living death."
Jor-El: "A chance for life, nonetheless. As opposed to cannot ignore these facts! It's suicide!! No, it's worse. It's genocide!!"
First Elder: "Be warned, Jor-El. The Council has already evaluated this outlandish theory of yours."
Jor-El: "My friends, you know me to be neither rash nor impulsive. I'm not given to wild unsupported statements. And I tell you that we must evacuate this planet immediately!!"
First Elder: "Jor-El, you are one of Krypton's greatest scientists."
Second Elder: "Ah, yes, but so is Vond-Ah."
Vond-Ah: "It isn't that we question your data. The facts are undeniable. It's your conclusions we find unsupportable."
Jor-El: "This planet will explode within thirty days...if not sooner."
Vond-Ah: "I tell you Krypton is simply shifting its orbit."
Second Elder: "Jor-El! Be reasonable! Let Krypton die?! Oh, never, Jor-El! This is just another one of your...mistaken fantasies."
Jor-El: "My friend, I have never been otherwise. This madness is do with as you wish."
First Elder: "This discussion is terminated. The decision of the Council is final."
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First Elder: "Any attempt by you to create a climate of fear and panic among the populace must be deemed by act of insurrection."
Jor-El: "You would accuse me of insurrection? Has it now become a crime to cherish life?"
First Elder: "You would be banished to endless imprisonment in the Phantom Zone...the eternal void which you yourself discovered. Will you abide by the Council's decision?"
Jor-El: "I will remain silent. Neither I nor my wife will attempt to leave Krypton."
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Executor: "The energy input to Jor-El's quarters is now in excess. Our data indicates the loss is due to a misuse of energy."
First Elder: "Investigate."
Second Elder: "And if the investigation proves correct?"
First Elder: "He knew the penalty he faced...even as a member of this Council. The law will be upheld."
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Jor-El: "You will travel far, my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you..even in the face of our deaths...the richness of our lives will be yours. All that I have, all that I've learned, everything I feel...all this and more I...I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you...all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own. See my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father, the son. This is all I...all I can send you"
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Lex Luthor, Otis: "Lex Luthor: Do you know why the number two hundred is so vitally descriptive to both you and me? Otis: Why? Lex Luthor: It's your weight and my I.Q. -Lex Luthor, Otis"
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Otis: "Hey mister Luuuthur, -Otis"
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Jor-El: "It is forbidden for you to interfere with human history. -Jor-El"
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Lex Luthor: "There's a strong streak of good in you Superman, but then nobody's perfect. Almost nobody. -Lex Luthor"
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Lex Luthor: "To us, they are just meteorites. Fair enough. But the level of specific radioactivity is so high to anyone from the planet Krypton that this stuff is lethal!"
Otis: "Wait a minute, Mr. Luthor! You mean, fire or bullets won't hurt this guy, but this stuff here..."
Otis and Miss Teschmacher: "...will kill him!"
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Lex Luthor: "Doesn't it give you kind of a, a, a... shudder... of electricity through you to be in the same room with me? -Lex Luthor"
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Lex Luthor: "I told you. Tha's kryptonite, Superman. A little souvenir from the old home town. I spared no expense to make you feel right at home. You were great in your day, Superman. But it just stands to reason. When it came time to cash in your chips, this old...diseased maniac would be your banker. Mind over muscle?"
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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"
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Lois Lane: "Any more at home like you?"
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Lex Luthor: "Why? You ask why? Why does the phone always ring when you're in the bathtub?"
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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."
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Lois Lane: "You, you've got me? Who's got you? -Lois Lane"
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Superman: "Easy, miss. I've got you. -Superman"
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Clark Kent: "Excuse me, Mr. White. I was wondering if, if, uh, perhaps you could arrange for half my salary to be sent to this address on a weekly basis. -Clark Kent"
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    Superman (film)
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    Theatrical release poster
    Directed by Richard Donner
    Produced by Alexander Salkind
    Ilya Salkind
    Pierre Spengler
    Screenplay by Mario Puzo
    David Newman
    Leslie Newman
    Robert Benton
    Tom Mankiewicz
    Story by Mario Puzo
    Jerry Siegel
    Joe Shuster
    Starring Marlon Brando
    Gene Hackman
    Christopher Reeve
    Margot Kidder
    Music by John Williams
    Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
    Editing by Stuart Baird
    Michael Ellis
    Studio Dovemead
    Film Export A.G.
    International Film Productions
    Distributed by Warner Bros.
    Release date(s) 10 December 1978 (1978-12-10) (United States)
    21 December 1978 (United Kingdom)
    Running time 143 minutes
    Country Panama
    United Kingdom
    Language English
    Budget $55 million
    Gross revenue $300,218,018
    Followed by Superman II

    Superman (also known as Superman: The Movie) is a 1978 superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Richard Donner directed the film, which stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, as well as Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Valerie Perrine and Ned Beatty. The film depicts the origin of Superman, from infancy as Kal-El of Krypton and growing up in Smallville. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered attitude in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane, while battling the villainous Lex Luthor.

    The film was conceived in 1973 by Ilya Salkind. Several directors, most notably Guy Hamilton, and screenwriters (Mario Puzo, David and Leslie Newman and Robert Benton) were associated with the project before Donner was hired to direct. Donner brought Tom Mankiewicz to rewrite the script, feeling it was too campy. Mankiewicz was credited as creative consultant. It was decided to film both Superman and Superman II simultaneously.

    Principal photography started in March 1977 and ended in October 1978. Tensions rose between Donner and the producers, and a decision was made to stop filming Superman II and finish the first film. Donner had already shot 75%[1] of the planned sequel, eventually giving birth to Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. Superman was released with critical acclaim and financial success. Reviewers noted parallels between the film's depiction of Superman and Jesus.[2] The film's legacy helped create a reemergence of science fiction films and the establishment of the superhero film genre.

    * 1 Plot
    * 2 Cast (in credited order)
    * 3 Production
    o 3.1 Development
    o 3.2 Filming
    o 3.3 Effects
    o 3.4 Music
    * 4 Themes
    * 5 Release
    o 5.1 Legacy
    o 5.2 Beyond theatrical release
    + 5.2.1 Broadcast television version details
    * 6 References
    * 7 External links

    [edit] Plot

    On the white crystalline planet Krypton, the Ruling Council of Elders banishes three treasonous criminals to eternal imprisonment in the Phantom Zone. The leader of the criminals, General Zod, swears vengeance against their chief accuser, Jor-El. The foremost scientist on Krypton, Jor-El believes that the planet's red sun will shortly explode and destroy their world. Unable to convince the Council of the impending danger, Jor-El prepares a small experimental spacecraft to transport his infant son Kal-El to Earth, a small planet many light-years away where the inhabitants bear a close resemblance to the Kryptonians. The child would have a decided advantage on Earth, since the planet's yellow sun and weaker gravity would give him extraordinary powers, making him almost completely invulnerable. After an emotional farewell, Jor-El safely launches the spacecraft away from Krypton. Shortly thereafter, the sun explodes, destroying the planet and its people.

    After traveling many light-years, the ship crashes on Earth near an American farming town, Smallville, Kansas, where Kal-El (now a toddler) is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent. The couple decides to take the child home with them after witnessing the boy easily lift the rear of Jonathan's pick-up truck (after it nearly fell on Jonathan as he was repairing it, saving the man's life). Kal-El is given Martha's maiden name Clark, and the couple lovingly raise the child as their own son.

    Fourteen years later, the now-teenaged Clark exhibits other extraordinary powers, outrunning speeding trains, and punting a football into the stratosphere. However, even with these abilities, Clark is viewed as an "oddball" by his peers and is frustrated that he cannot show them what he can do. Sensing this, Jonathan reveals that he believes Clark was sent to Earth "for a reason". Shortly thereafter, while horsing around with his son to cheer him up, Jonathan suffers a massive heart attack and dies. Clark, who is helpless despite the powers he possesses, is devastated.

    After Jonathan's funeral, Clark awakens one morning and goes to the Kent's barn as if he is being summoned there. He discovers a glowing green crystal — from the remnants of the ship from Krypton — which had been safely stored in the barn. Dormant for many years, the crystal has now become active. Clark is compelled by the crystal to travel to the Arctic Circle. After bidding Martha an emotional farewell, Clark begins his long journey. After arriving at his destination, he hurls the crystal at an extreme distance, causing the Fortress of Solitude, which resembles the architecture of Krypton, to appear. He enters the Fortress and finds the crystal, using it to trigger a holographic image of Jor-El, who reveals that he is Clark's biological father and that Clark's real name is Kal-El. Jor-El gives Clark background into his origins, showing him how his birth planet appeared before its destruction and educating him in his powers and responsibilities - emphasizing that he must not interfere in the history of humankind. After 12 years Clark leaves the Fortress, his powers fully developed, and now wearing the familiar blue and red caped costume made from his infant swaddling clothes and emblazoned with his Kryptonian family crest (which resembles the letter S in the modern Latin alphabet).

    Arriving in Metropolis, Kent dons eyeglasses and a business suit and he finds a job as a reporter at The Daily Planet. To deflect from his true identity, Clark creates a shy, socially awkward personality. He meets and develops a romantic attraction to reporter Lois Lane, but the feelings are not returned as she regards him as merely a friend. When Lois becomes involved in a helicopter accident atop the Daily Planet building, Clark publicly uses his powers for the first time to save her. Not recognizing Clark, Lois asks him who he is, to which he simply replies "A friend".

    In costume, he then patrols all over the city, thwarting robberies, capturing criminals in spectacular fashion, aiding children of getting their beloved pets from trees, and even preventing Air Force One from crashing in a severe storm. As the next morning dawns, his heroic exploits have made him a media sensation, fascinating everyone, especially Lois. Later that evening, in costume, Clark allows Lois to interview him at her apartment, for a newspaper article that would reveal to the people of Metropolis who he is and why he is there. He then takes Lois on a nighttime flight above Metropolis. As the romantic flight ends, a bedazzled Lois mutters to herself: "What a super man", and thus is inspired to dub him "Superman."

    Meanwhile, criminal genius Lex Luthor with his henchman Otis and his girlfriend Eve Teschmacher plans to make a fortune in real estate by cheaply buying large amounts of desert land and then diverting one of two nuclear missiles being launched from a missile testing site to the San Andreas Fault. This will destroy most of California, killing millions of people and leave Luthor's desert as the new West Coast of the United States. After reading with interest Lois Lane's article titled, "I Spent The Night With Superman", Luthor realizes that Superman is a potential threat to his plans. Reasoning that fragments of Krypton may have traveled to Earth and may be potentially lethal to Superman, he locates one in the form of a meteorite in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    Luthor then lures Superman to his underground lair beneath Metropolis. He reveals his true plans involving the missile, then exposes him to the glowing green meteorite which he has dubbed Kryptonite. As Superman weakens, Luthor further taunts him by revealing that he has diverted the other missile to Hackensack, New Jersey, in the direct opposite direction of the first, knowing that even with his great speed, Superman could not prevent both impacts. Teschmacher is horrified because her mother lives in Hackensack, but Luthor does not care and leaves Superman to a slow death.

    Teschmacher rescues Superman (but not before kissing him) on the condition that he will deal with the New Jersey missile first which he does by pushing it into open space. Consequently, he is too late to stop the second impact, which causes a massive earthquake as predicted, but Superman saves the West Coast by re-sealing the fault. Superman then struggles to save those caught in the now weakened (but still lethal) earthquake, while Lois, who is in the Mojave Desert on assignment investigating the purchases of worthless desert land by an anonymous buyer, is trapped in her car as a result of an aftershock from the quake. As the car quickly begins to fill with dirt and debris, Lois suffocates and is near death. Sensing this, Superman races to save her only to find that he is too late.

    Distraught at being unable to save Lois, Superman zooms into the stratosphere. He decides to ignore Jor-El's warning not to interfere with human history, and instead remembers Jonathan Kent's advice that he must be here "for a
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        12 years, 4 months ago
        I loved this movie! Christopher Reeve will always be superman to me!
          12 years, 5 months ago
          This movie's awesome, but the sequels are terrible.
            13 years, 5 months ago
            great movie and all, but what's with those cheesy 2-D special effects? even my parents hated them!
              13 years, 8 months ago
              reeves will always be superman....nuff said
                13 years, 8 months ago

                I disagree about Mr.Routh's performance in

                "Superman Returns".

                He didn't do too well in the sequel..because

                he tried to play the part too much like Mr.Reeve.

                Hence..his performance as"Clark Kent"and

                as"The Man Of Steel"in "Superman Returns'was disapointing.

                  13 years, 11 months ago
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                    13 years, 11 months ago
                    Great movie. I think its still tops the new one, Though Routh did great, Lois sucked. But whens it comes down to it ya just can't been Christopher Reeves.
                      14 years, 2 months ago
                      He's a superhero. The intro was same than Superman II and Superman Returns
                        14 years, 7 months ago
                          14 years, 10 months ago
                          Routh is perfect to fill Reeves shoes.
                            15 years, 4 months ago
                            I saw Superman Returns as well. I think they found the right man to play The Man of Steel.
                              15 years, 6 months ago
                              I just saw Superman Returns in theaters. It's just as good as Superman: The Movie and Superman II.
                                15 years, 6 months ago
                                you moron hello his father sent him earth for a reason. to protect the ones in those in need.thats why he stop lex luthor from doing that plus hes already got two life sentinces in prison. superman has to go by that law of the us protecting the good from the evil.
                                  15 years, 8 months ago
                                  one of the great superhero movies of all time
                                    15 years, 10 months ago
                                    Dana Reeve, wife of Christopher Reeve, died today of lung cancer at 44.
                                      16 years, 2 months ago
                                      By far my "FAVORITE" movie of all time!!!
                                        16 years, 4 months ago
                                        It's certainly better than the sequels. Hope the new movie coming is good.
                                          16 years, 6 months ago
                                          Coolest ever! Great movie, great theme, great everything.
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