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Superman Film Review

Updated on February 11, 2018

Film Information

Released: 1978

Director: Richard Donner

Producer: Pierre Spengler

Running time: 2 hrs 23 mins

Distributed by: Warner Bros

Budget: $55,000,000

Superman is one of them classic films that appears on our TV screens every now and again. I've seen the film many times over the years, but I still enjoy watching it. Christopher Reeve was such a talented actor. The film begins on the planet Krypton. Jor-El, Superman's father, is on the council and is unable to convince the rest of the council that Krypton is going to be destroyed. This is due to Ursa, Non and General Zod being conviced and sentenced to to Phantom Zone, which is a prison dimension, and they seek revenge. So to save his son, Jor-El sends Kal-El (Superman's name) to the planet earth. He places him in a spaceship and sends him to earth. The spaceship crash lands in Smallville, Kansas where he is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent. They decide to adopt the infant as they have never been able to have children of their own. They call him Clarke.

Clarke grows up in a loving and stable home with his parents knowing of his abilities and taking great care to protect him. As a man he gets a job at The Daily Planet as a reporter where he works alongside Lois Lane. When his father dies when Clarke/Superman is just 18 yrs of age of a heart attack, this leaves both him and his earthly mother in shock, and he does everything he can to protect and care for her. Clarke keeps his super human skills unknown to everyone apart from his mother, but you see him saving people from accidents and generally helping where needed.

But we meet his arch enemy, Lex Luthor. When Lex decides to try and reprogramme a missile to go off in the San Andreas fault, he knows Superman will try to stop him, so he lures Superman to his underground lair and exposes him to kryptonite, rendering him weak and unable to do anything. Will Superman be able to stop Lex from sinking California, and ultimately, save the world?

Christopher Reeve
Clarke Kent/Superman
Marlon Brando
Jor-El (his biological father)
Margo Kidder
Lois Lane
Gene Hackman
Lex Luthor
Phyllis Thaxter
Ma Kent
Glenn Ford
Pa Kent
Trevor Howard
1st Elder
Terence Stamp
General Zod

My thoughts

I can't believe this film is 40 years old this year. But saying that, I still enjoy watching it. Considering this was made in the late 70's, you got to give them credit. The special effects are pretty fantastic. I love how you can see Superman fly and do all these extraodinary super human things and it looks real. Over the years there have been many Superman TV shows and films, but I think the 1978 version of this film is still memorable and enjoyed today.

As Clarke Kent he comes across as a timid, shy man. But when he transforms into Superman we see a man that I'm sure most women go all gooey eyes over, wishing they could find a man like this in real life. This is a classic superhero/villain film. The film is packed with entertainment and special effects. Not only do we see Superman saving the planet, but we see how Lois has a crush on Superman, yet brushes off Clarke Kent, not realising this is the same man. It's quite comical to watch this.

And we also see where he goes back to the planet Krypton as an adult and meets with his biological parents, which I find quite heart warming. This is a superbly made film that I still love watching today. This is a good family film, though some scenes may be a little scary for the little ones. But on the whole, this is a very enjoyable film to watch.

© 2018 Louise Powles


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    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes, I agree Flourish. They were both fantastic actors.

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      2 years ago from USA

      Has it really been that long? It breaks my heart to see Christopher Reeve in his heyday knowing what the future held. Same for Robin Williams.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou Nell. I've not seen the latest film, but will have to I think!

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou Dora for the lovely comment. Yes, it's a great classic film.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      I love Superman! Right from the very first, this one with the wonderful Christopher Reeve, to the modern one with the gorgeous Henry Cavill its captured me from the start.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      A classic classic! Wasn't aware of all the facts. Thank you for bringing it back to our thoughts.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Though I've seen the film advertised, I've never watched it. I enjoyed reading about the plot. You've described the film version of Superman that I'd most like to see.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou Kari. They show this film on TV here in the UK every few months or so. I always watch it if I can.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      This is my favorite Superman film. I don't think any of the others hold a candle to it, lol. I enjoyed your review. Thanks for reminding me about this film. I'm going to watch it again. :)

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou Devika for your lovely comment. =)

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes I agree, I love it.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Oh yes, that's a great scene isn't it?

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      First Superman better than all

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! A great interest for many and you shared with great interest.

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      2 years ago

      I love the scene where he takes his glasses off and stands up straight, it is one of my favourite scenes of any movie ever. He grows so much taller!

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes I agree. I've not seen the Man of Steel ones, but I do love the original Superman films.

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      Pat Mills 

      2 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      I saw this when it was first in the theater. The first two Superman movies with Christopher Reeve top any of the subsequent films with the Man Of Steel.


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