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Films to See Before You Die: #78 Superman: The Movie


Superman: The Movie (1978)

Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando

Synopsis: On the distant planet of Krypton scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando) discovers that the orbital shift of Krypton, which is sending it into the fatal gravitational pull of its crimson central star. The leaders of Krypton don’t believe that there is any threat and threaten to arrest Jor-El if he tries to spread any panic. As the planet is about to be destroyed he sends his only son Kal-El to Earth in order to save him. Upon his arrival Kal-El is found by Jonathon and Martha Kent who raise him as a son. Now grown up Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) has moved to Metropolis where he becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet where he meets Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) who he falls in love with. Clark begins to realize that he cannot just sit by as crime is ravaging the city and begins fighting crime as Superman. Now he must stop his greatest adversary yet in Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) from committing the greatest real estate swindle of all time.

Trivia: Because Christopher Reeve was such an unknown actor at the time, the credits of the movie and nearly every trailer for the film list both Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman before the name of the person playing the title character. Christopher Reeve worked out so much during the making of the film that the traveling matte shots taken of him at the beginning of the shoot did not match the later shots, and had to be re-taken.

Why I think you should see this: This film is a masterpiece it was the first really good superhero film and remains one of the best. Christopher Reeve does an incredible job as the iconic Superman/ Clark Kent and Gene Hackman is pretty awesome as the world’s  greatest criminal mind Lex Luther. Cannot wait for Man of Steel to come out next year as there  hasn’t been a good Superman movie in 32 years.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

One response to “Films to See Before You Die: #78 Superman: The Movie

  1. This makes me want to see this one again! I love Reeve as Superman. He is so-far, unrivaled…

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