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Superman: The Movie Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Tom Keogh

Richard Donner's 1978 epic about the Man of Steel showed how a film about a superhero could be a moving and romantic experience even for people who long ago gave up comic books. Beginning on the icy planet Krypton, the story follows the baby Kal-El, whose rocket ship lands in Smallville, Kansas. He is found there by a childless couple and raised as the shy Clark Kent (the young Kent is played by Jeff East). The film is perhaps most touching in these sequences, with expanses of wheat fields blowing in the wind and with a young man who can't figure out what part in destiny his great powers are meant to play. The second half, with Reeve taking over as Clark/Superman, is bustling, enchanting (the scene in which Superman flies girlfriend Lois Lane--played by Margot Kidder--through the night sky is great date material), and funny, thanks largely to Gene Hackman's sardonic portrayal of nemesis Lex Luthor.

Academy Awards

Superman: The Movie received an Academy Award for Special Achievement Awards (Les Bowie - Visual Effects, Colin Chilvers - Visual Effects, Denys Coop - Visual Effects, Roy Field - Visual Effects, Derek Meddings - Visual Effects, Zoran Perisic - Visual Effects). Superman: The Movie also received Academy Awards nominations for Film Editing (Stuart Baird), Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Score; John Williams), and Sound (Gordon K. McCallum, Graham Hartstone, Nicolas LeMessurier, Roy Charman).

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"Do you really need me to tell you how great this movie STILL is?? Christopher Reeve is one of the greatest actors ever. Today's special effect movies are too perfect and too animated. They give me headaches to watch. At 5 scenes per second lucky youre not epileptic. Back at that time they made special effects the old-fashioned way and painted them on frame by frame, so you could enjoy the movie without too much camera switching and still see great effects. I personally have yet to find a movie that tops this one. Wonderful."

--Cooljoe6

"Spiderman. X-Men. Batman. These may be all cool comic-book movies in their own right, but every single one of them owes it all to Superman. If Superman hadn't been made, and made RIGHT, there wouldn't be any market for the others. Superman's immense critical and box-office popularity made it a cultural icon. The visual effects still hold up well; they weren't done with any help from a computer. Christopher Reeve's performance is still considered the best Superman. He captured the duality of the character better than anyone else I've seen. Also, John Williams's musical score is so amazing, it's so solidly connected with Superman, it's even used on the show Smallville. Besides, this is the only movie where virtually nothing about the genesis of the character was radically altered. That always helps."

--Shaggy

 

FILM FACTS

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Director: Richard Donner

Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Larry Hagman

Released: December 15, 1978

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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