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Superman: The Movie Details

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Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Richard Donner is an immensely entertaining recounting of the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton (where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father), the film follows the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Richard Donner is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 1978

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Charman Best Sound 1978 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Roy Field Michael Balcon Award 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Field Special Achievement 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Zoran Perisic Special Achievement 1978 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Christopher Reeve Most Promising Newcomer 1978 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1978 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Original Score 1978 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stuart Baird Best Editing 1978 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Colin Chilvers Michael Balcon Award 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Colin Chilvers Special Achievement 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Denys Coop Special Achievement 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Graham Hartstone Best Sound 1978 Nominee

Cast

Marlon Brando
as Jor-El
Gene Hackman
as Lex Luthor
Christopher Reeve
as Clark Kent/Superman
Margot Kidder
as Lois Lane
Ned Beatty
as Otis
Jackie Cooper
as Perry White
Glenn Ford
as Jonathan Kent
Trevor Howard
as First Elder
Jack O'Halloran
as Non
Valerie Perrine
as Eve Teschmacher
Maria Schell
as Vond-Ah
Terence Stamp
as Gen. Zod
Susannah York
as Lara
Jeff East
as Young Clark Kent
Marc McClure
as Jimmy Olsen
Sarah Douglas
as Ursa
Harry Andrews
as Second Elder
Lee Quigley
as Baby Kal-El
Aaron Smolinski
as Baby Clark Kent
Ben Feitelson
Michael Gover
Noel Neill
as Couple on Train
Phyllis Thaxter
as Maftha Kent
Leueen Willoughby
Robert Dahdah
as Newspaper Customer
Mark Wynter
Vass Anderson
as 3rd Elder
Penelope Lee
as 9th Elder
John Stuart
as 10th Elder
Diane Sherry
as Lana Lang
Billy Mitchell
as 1st Editor
Larry Lamb
as 1st Reporter
John Cassady
as 3rd Reporter
Antony Scott
as 5th Reporter
Vincent Marzello
as 1st Copy Boy
Lise Hilboldt
as 1st Secretary
Rex Reed
as Himself
Weston Gavin
as Mugger
Stephen Kahan
as Officer 1
Ray Hassett
as Officer 2
Randy Jurgensen
as Officer
Matt Russo
as News Vendor
Colin Skeaping
as Pilot
Bo Rucker
as Pimp
David Baxt
as Burglar
John Cording
as 2nd Hood
Rex Everhart
as Desk Sergeant
Brian Protheroe
as Co-Pilot
Lawrence Trimble
as 1st Crewman
David Calder
as 3rd Crewman
Norwich Duff
as Newscaster
Michael Ensign
as Newscaster
Larry Hagman
as Major
Paul Tuerpé
as Sgt. Hayley
David Yorston
as Petty Officer
John Ratzenberger
as 1st Controller
Alan Tilvern
as 2nd Controller
Bill Bailey
as State Senator
Burnell Tucker
as Agent
Chuck Julian
as Assistant
Roy Stevens
as Warden
Rex Everhart
as Desk Sergeant
Penelope Lee
as 9th Elder
Burnell Tucker
as Agent
David Calder
as 3rd Crewman
Bill Bailey
as State Senator
Phyllis Thaxter
as Maftha Kent
Ray Hassett
as Officer 2
David Baxt
as Burglar
Lawrence Trimble
as 1st Crewman
Vincent Marzello
as 1st Copy Boy
Alan Tilvern
as 2nd Controller
Paul Tuerpé
as Sgt. Hayley
Matt Russo
as News Vendor
Norwich Duff
as Newscaster
Rex Reed
as Himself
Bo Rucker
as Pimp
John Stuart
as 10th Elder
Chuck Julian
as Assistant
Stephen Kahan
as Officer 1
Brian Protheroe
as Co-Pilot
Weston Gavin
as Mugger
David Yorston
as Petty Officer
Antony Scott
as 5th Reporter
Michael Ensign
as Newscaster
Larry Hagman
as Major
Lise Hilboldt
as 1st Secretary
Colin Skeaping
as Pilot
Larry Lamb
as 1st Reporter
Billy Mitchell
as 1st Editor
John Cassady
as 3rd Reporter
Robert Dahdah
as Newspaper Customer
Vass Anderson
as 3rd Elder
John Ratzenberger
as 1st Controller
Noel Neill
as Couple on Train
John Cording
as 2nd Hood
Diane Sherry
as Lana Lang
Randy Jurgensen
as Officer

Crew

Richard Donner
Director
Pierre Spengler
Producer
Ilya Salkind
Producer
Alexander Salkind
Producer
Leslie Newman
Screenwriter
Robert Benton
Screenwriter
David Newman
Screenwriter
Mario Puzo
Screenwriter
Mario Puzo
Screen Story
Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Angela Morley
Musical Arrangement
Leslie Bricusse
Songwriter
Stuart Baird
Editor
Leslie Dilley
Production Designer
Gene Rudolf
Production Designer
Stuart Craig
Art Director
Ernest Archer
Art Director
Norman Reynolds
Art Director
Bill Brodie
Art Director
Maurice Fowler
Art Director
Norman Dorme
Art Director
Tony Reading
Art Director
Ilya Salkind
Executive Producer
Peter Howitt
Set Designer
Yvonne Blake
Costume Designer
Graham Hartstone
Sound/Sound Designer
Denys Coop
Special Effects
Zoran Perisic
Special Effects
Colin Chilvers
Special Effects
Roy Field
Special Effects
Tom Mankiewicz
Consultant/advisor
Nick Maley
Makeup
Philip Rhodes
Makeup
Basil Newall
Makeup
Louis Lane
Makeup
Graham Freeborn
Makeup
Kay Freeborn
Makeup
Connie Reeve
Makeup
Sylvia Croft
Makeup
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