Superman: The Movie

Release Date: 1978

PG |2 hr 23 min

Plot Summary

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando) sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan (Glenn Ford) and Martha Kent (Phyllis Thaxter), young Clark (Christopher Reeve) discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Margot Kidder).

Cast: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Glenn Ford

Director: Richard Donner

Genres: Action , Science fiction , Adventure , Fantasy

Production Co: Dovemead Films

Keywords: 1970s , Father , Mother ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- you know what else? Wit. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made. show more

  • 100
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Estimates of the movie's costs range between $35-and $70-million; whatever the price, it was not too much to pay. As gods go, Superman is one of the godliest; his movie is one of the best. show more

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Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Sound
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Music (Original Score)