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The DC Comics legend comes alive in this wonderfully entertaining saga of Superman's life from a baby on the doomed planet Krypton (with Brando as Supe's dad) to Earth's own Man of Steel (a chiseled Reeve). Hackman and Beatty pair marvelously as super criminal Lex Luthor and his bumbling sidekick Otis, while Kidder is an intelligent Lois Lane. Award-winning special effects and a script that doesn't take itself too seriously make this great fun. Followed by three sequels.

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Fantasy, Adoption & Orphans, Alien Beings--Benign, Front Page, Adapted from Comics, Top Grossing Films of 1978, Rescue Missions Involving Time Travel, Super Heroes
Mario Puzo, Robert Benton, David Newman
Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Glenn Ford, Susannah York, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Trevor Howard, Sarah Douglas, Terence Stamp, Jack O'Halloran, Phyllis Thaxter
Geoffrey Unsworth
Richard Donner
John Williams


Oscars 1978: Visual FX.

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Superman: The Movie
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This movie is a classic. Kal-El of the planet Krypton makes his journey to Earth in a ship constructed by his father, Jor-El, just as the planet explodes. Crashing down in the midwest, Kal-El is adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent. After Jonathan's death several years later, Kal-El, now Clark Kent, learns of his true identity from the ghost of Jor-El. He can fly, outrun a train, and lift up a 1-ton truck. It isn't until he gains a job at Metropolis' Daily Planet newspaper that things begin to come together. One night, after leaving work, he sees a helicopter crash on the building's roof. From this night on, he will be known by a new name Superman. His mission is "To fight for truth, justice and the American Way." Lex Luthor plans to sabotage a pair of nuclear missiles and use them to create an earthquake that will wipe out the California coastline. Superman must race against time and stop a sinister plan by Luthor to eliminate him before millions of innocent people are killed by this plan.