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Superman III (1983)

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Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Superman / Clark Kent
Richard Pryor ... Gus Gorman
Jackie Cooper ... Perry White
Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen
Annette O'Toole ... Lana Lang
Annie Ross ... Vera
Pamela Stephenson ... Lorelei
Robert Vaughn ... Ross Webster
Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Brad
Nancy Roberts ... Unemployment Clerk
Graham Stark ... Blind Man
Henry Woolf ... Penguin Man
Gordon Rollings ... Man In Cap
Peter Wear ... Bank Robber
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Storyline

Wealthy businessman Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn)discovers the hidden talents of Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a mischievous computer genius. Ross decides to abuse his talents, in a way to help Webster with his plans for economic control. When the man of steel interferes, something must be done about Supes. When Gus' synthetic Kryptonite fails to kill Superman, it turns him in an evil incarnation of his former self. The tar-laced Kryptonite pits man against himself, setting up the Clark vs. Superman battle. Written by ahmetkozan

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If the world's most powerful computer can control even Superman...no one on earth is safe. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superman vs. Superman See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,352,357, 19 June 1983

Gross USA:

$59,950,623

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,950,623
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The firefighters in the chemical plant were all real firefighters, except for the black firefighter, an actor named Al Matthews. He also narrated the documentary The Making of 'Superman III' (1985). See more »

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The plastic bubble that encases Superman has a golden ring with a hole on it. It's clearly visible right before he blasts it with his heat vision. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Unemployment Clerk: Next. Name?
Gus Gorman: Gus Gorman.
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No See, No Cry
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Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Keith Forsey
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More comic-book than the first two.
14 February 2007 | by vip_ebriegaSee all my reviews

My Take: It never reaches the heights of its predecessors with its sillier story and ridiculous villains.

Many consider this a weak entry in the Superman film series. Well, I thought it was at first. But when I watched it in numerous reruns, I began to like this. Christopher Reeve excellently reprises his role, alongside comedy favorite Richard Pryor, as a computer-whiz, who is hired by his boss to help fulfill his plans for world domination. Pryor may not do it right sometimes, but he's admittedly hilarious in spots. But painfully ridiculous in some.

Among the things that make it a bit unsatisfying for critics is the lack of the characters from the originals. Lois lane had to go on vacation, so Lana Lang (played well by Annette O'Toole)is Superman's/Clark Kent's love interest. Robert Vaughn plays a sinister mastermind, an okay replacement for the famous villain Lex Luther. What some viewers don't understand is that director Richard Lester wants it to be more of a comic book adventure rather than what scriptwriter Mario Puzo did in the first two.

Rating: **1/2 out of 5.


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