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Superman II (1980)

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

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Storyline

Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals, General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa, (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran) from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. They descend upon Earth where they could finally rule. Superman, meanwhile, is in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals. Written by Keith Howley <lald@ptdprolog.net>

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Miraculously freed from eternal orbit, the three outlaws from Krypton descend to earth, for the ultimate confrontation. See more »


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Release Date:

19 June 1981 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,100,523 (USA) (21 June 1981)

Gross:

$108,185,706 (USA)
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Runtime:

| (Richard Donner Cut)

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(MegaSound encoding) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Cosmonaut Boris meets General Zod on the moon, the approximate Russian translation is, "What is your name? Identify yourself!" See more »

Goofs

Superman and the three super villains are battling it out over several square miles above Metropolis, yet, Lois Lane should not be able to see them from that distance as she watches from the Daily Planet Building, as she reacts to her co-workers that "the bigger one [villain] is just as strong as Superman." See more »

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[first lines]
Krypton guard: Alert, alert, alert.
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Opening credits incorporate an extensive amount of footage from the first Superman movie. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Superman: The 1975 Musical (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Lex Escapes
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Composed and Conducted by Ken Thorne
Original Material Composed by John Williams
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The Greatest Adventure in the Superman Series

This Superman movie has got to be the bench mark for future producers of Superman movies. They must be sat down with this film, because it is an absolute classic, and as far as Superman films go it will be hard to top. Richard Lester, is not very popular with some Superman fans, because he took over on a movie that they feel would have been better had Richard Donner been allowed to complete. But Lester has his admirers, and iam one of them. The first Superman movie tended to go along with boring philosophising, or over sentimental dramatics, these are mainly absent in Superman II,. They are replaced with cut to the action dramatics by Richard Lester who in my opinion saved the movie, or at least made it all the more exciting. I enjoy his sense of comic book adventure, and the final Times Square battle between Superman vs Zod,Non and Ursa is straight out of a comic book and is all Lesters. The main thing that complements the movie is the towering performance by Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman. Reeve is hillarious in his Cary Grant-a-like interpretation of Kent and wonderfull as a humanistic Superman. Margot Kidder is fabulous to and it is the acting of theese two that makes the Superman//Lois love triangle work. Terance Stamp as Zod is very creepy, and Sarah Douglas as Ursa very sexy, but the man who very nearly steels the show is Gene Hackman hilarious as Lex Luther. The special effects are brilliant, because they look glossy, and the Ken Thorne variation of John Williams Superman theme is at its best here. The best aspects though is the action, the aforementioned Times Square battle, and the interaction between the actors. Well done Richard Lester. A True classic of Superhero cinema.


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