Superman (1978) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.3/ 10 (81442 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language (original rating) (Approved No. 25403)

Production Company
Dovemead Films [gb] - (as Dovemead Limited)
Film Export A.G.
International Film Production [gb]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 10 December 1978
(USA) - 11 December 1978
(UK) - 13 December 1978
(USA) - 13 December 1978
(UK) - 14 December 1978

Running Time
USA:151 (2000 restoration)

You'll believe a man can fly. The movie that makes a legend come to life.

1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, adoption, airforce-one, airplane-accident, alien, alien-contact, alley, american-football, army, assumed-identity, avalanche, balcony, bare-chested-male, barn, based-on-comic, based-on-comic-book, based-on-play, blockbuster, bullet-catching, california, camera-shot-of-feet, cat,

Technical Support
LAB:TVC Laboratories, New York, USA - (chem-tone process)
MET:3940 m - (Finland) (1979) (35 mm version)
OFM:35 mm
PCS:Panavision - (anamorphic)
PFM:35 mm
PFM:70 mm - (blow-up)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Alexander, Keith (I) as [Newscaster] <73>
  2. Alyn, Kirk as (uncredited) [General Sam Lane]
  3. Anderson, Vass as [3rd Elder] <19>
  4. Andrews, Harry as [2nd Elder] <18>
  5. Atcheson, Jeff as [Coach] <31>
  6. Avery, Paul (I) as [TV Cameraman] <58>
  7. Bailey, Bill (II) as [2nd Senator] <84>
  8. Baxt, David as [Burglar] <59>
  9. Beatty, Ned as [Otis] <4>
  10. Boa, Bruce as (uncredited) [General (extended version)]
  11. Brando, Marlon as [Jor-El] <1>
  12. Brockington, James as [2nd Reporter] <37>
  13. Brown, Phil (I) as [State Senator] <83>
  14. Calder, David as [3rd Crewman] <71>
  15. Cassady, John as [3rd Reporter] <38>
  16. Clarke, Oz as [4th Hood] <64>
  17. Cooper, Jackie (I) as [Perry White] <5>
  18. Cording, John as [2nd Hood] <62>
  19. Cullen, Alan as [11th Elder] <27>
  20. Dahdah, Robert as (uncredited) [Newspaper Customer]
  21. de Keyser, David as (voice) (uncredited) [Warden]
  22. Donner, Richard as (uncredited) [Man in Street (extended version]
  23. Duff, Norwich as (as Norwick Duff) [Newscaster] <72>
  24. East, Jeff as [Young Clark Kent] <15>
  25. Ensign, Michael as [Newscaster] <74>
  26. Etherington, Colin as [Power Co. Driver] <89>
  27. Evans, Ray (III) as [6th Reporter] <41>
  28. Everhart, Rex as (as Rex Everhardt) [Desk Sergeant] <65>
  29. Feitelson, Benjamin as [2nd Copy Boy] <45>
  30. Fielder, Harry as (uncredited) [Policeman]
  31. Finneran, Edward as (uncredited) [Special Football Player]
  32. Flock, Brad as [Brad] <32>
  33. Ford, Glenn (I) as [Pa Kent] <6>
  34. Garbutt, James as [5th Elder] <21>
  35. Gavin, Weston as [Mugger] <51>
  36. Gover, Michael as [6th Elder] <22>
  37. Hackman, Gene as [Lex Luthor] <2>
  38. Hagman, Larry as [Major] <75>
  39. Harrigan, Michael (I) as [1st Hood] <61>
  40. Harris II, George as [Patrolman Mooney] <60>
  41. Hassett, Ray as [Officer 2] <53>
  42. Henderson, Robert (I) as [2nd Editor] <35>
  43. Hollis, John (I) as [4th Elder] <20>
  44. Howard, Trevor (I) as [1st Elder] <7>
  45. Julian, Chuck as [Assistant] <88>
  46. Jurgensen, Randy as (as Randy Jurgenson) [Officer 3] <54>
  47. Kahan, Steve as (as Stephen Kahan) [Officer 1] <52>
  48. Lamb, Larry (I) as [1st Reporter] <36>
  49. Lazarus, Frank as [Air Force One Pilot] <67>
  50. MacLeod, Robert (I) as [General] <80>
  51. Marzello, Vincent as [1st Copy Boy] <44>
  52. McClure, Marc (I) as [Jimmy Olsen] <16>
  53. McPherson, Graham (I) as [Lieutenant] <77>
  54. Mitchell, Billy J. as [1st Editor] <34>
  55. Neal, David (I) as [7th Elder] <23>
  56. O Halloran, Jack (I) as [Non] <9>
  57. O Neill, Robert (I) as [Admiral] <79>
  58. Parker, John F. as [4th Reporter] <39>
  59. Petrou, David as [Team Manager] <33>
  60. Protheroe, Brian as [Co Pilot] <68>
  61. Quigley, Lee as [Baby Kal-El] <28>
  62. Ratzenberger, John as [1st Controller] <81>
  63. Reed, Rex as [Rex Reed] <50>
  64. Reeve, Christopher as [Superman/Clark Kent] <3>
  65. Rucker, Bo as [Pimp] <57>
  66. Russell, William (II) as [8th Elder] <24>
  67. Russo, Matt (I) as [News Vendor] <55>
  68. Scott, Antony as [5th Reporter] <40>
  69. Selby, Tony as (uncredited) [Hood]
  70. Skeaping, Colin as [Pilot] <56>
  71. Smith, Chief Tug as [Indian Chief] <86>
  72. Smolinski, Aaron as [Baby Clark Kent] <29>
  73. Stamp, Terence as [General Zod] <12>
  74. Stevens, Roy (I) as [Warden] <91>
  75. Stuart, John (I) as [10th Elder] <26>
  76. Stuyck, Pieter as [Window Cleaner] <49>
  77. Thompson, Raymond (II) as [3rd Hood] <63>
  78. Tilvern, Alan as [2nd Controller] <82>
  79. Trimble, Lawrence as [1st Crewman] <69>
  80. Tucker, Burnell as [Agent] <85>
  81. Tuerpe, Paul as [Sgt. Hayley] <76>
  82. Warwick, Norman (II) as [Superchief Driver] <87>
  83. Whelan, Robert as [2nd Crewman] <70>
  84. Wynter, Mark as [Mate] <90>
  85. Yorston, David as [Petty Officer] <78>
  86. Brown, Miquel as [8th Reporter] <43>
  87. Douglas, Sarah (I) as [Ursa] <17>
  88. Hilboldt, Lise as [1st Secretary] <46>
  89. Ingham, Jill as [Perry's Secretary] <48>
  90. Kidder, Margot as [Lois Lane] <8>
  91. Lee, Penelope (I) as [9th Elder] <25>
  92. Neill, Noel as (uncredited) [Ella Lane]
  93. Perrine, Valerie as [Eve Teschmacher] <10>
  94. Rose, Pam as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  95. Schell, Maria (I) as [Vond-Ah] <11>
  96. Sherry, Diane as [Lana Lang] <30>
  97. Shifrin, Sue as (as Su Shifrin) [7th Reporter] <42>
  98. Thaxter, Phyllis as [Ma Kent] <13>
  99. Tottman, Jayne as [Little Girl] <66>
  100. Willoughby, Leueen as [2nd Secretary] <47>
  101. York, Susannah as [Lara] <14>


  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Sci-Fi

Full Plot

Unable to convince the ruling council of Krypton that their world will destroy itself soon, scientist Jor-El takes drastic measures to preserve the Kryptonian race: He sends his infant son Kal-El to Earth. There, gaining great powers under Earth's yellow sun, he will become a champion of truth and justice. Raised by the Kents, an elderly farm couple, Clark Kent learns that his abilities must be used for good. The adult Clark travels to Metropolis, where he becomes a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet...and a caped wonder whose amazing feats stun the city: Superman! Meanwhile, Lex Luthor, the world's greatest criminal mind, is plotting the greatest real estate swindle of all time. Can't even the Man of Steel stop this nefarious scheme? Gregory A. Sheets This movie begins on Krypton, where Superman's father sends him off to Earth as a young child. He grows up to be a perfectly normal newspaper reporter named Clark Kent. At least, he appears perfectly normal, until he transforms into Superman - flying around with his underpants over his tights, saving the day. When the evil Lex Luthor plans to take over the world, Superman is the only one who can stop him. Colin Tinto The planet Krypton is doomed. Only one man, Jor-El, knows it, and rockets his infant son to refuge on a distant world called Earth. As Jor-El's son grows to manhood, he learns he possesses super-powers he must hide from the ordinary mortals around him. And so, he disguishes himself as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter. Robert Lynch March 1938 - while a child reads a comic book about the largest newspaper in the city of Metropolis, in a distant galaxy an advanced race of humans reside on the planet Krypton. Three traitors who have attempted to overthrow Krypton's ruling council are sentenced by the planet's greatest scientist, Jor-El, to an enclosed extra-dimensional prison drifting through space. However, Jor-El's more pressing concern lies in the orbital shift of Krypton, which is sending it into the fatal gravitational pull of its crimson central star, a fact blithely ignored by the ruling council. Effectively placed under house arrest by the council, Jor-El and his wife Lara consent to sending their infant son, Kal-El, to a primitive planet six galaxies distant, known as Earth, where a yellow sun will fuse with his irradiated molecular density to make him strong, fast, and virtually invulnerable. The tiny starship bearing Kal-El escapes Krypton's gravity just before the planet is sucked into its red sun and both bodies are obliterated. Years later the starship reaches Earth and crashlands on a vast wheatfield near Smallville, Kansas, before local farmers Martha and Jonathan Kent. Deciding to adopt the child within the strange craft, the Kents name him Clark and he loves them as his true parents. Many years pass and he is now a high schooler shunned by many of his peers. But following a tragic incident, he learns the truth about his genesis, and a personal exodus to the very summit of the North Pole leads to the creation of a vast crystaline fortress within which Kal-El learns the full truth of his existence from the spirit of his true father, Jor-El. He now becomes a fully matured man, clad in a red and blue costume bearing the S-shaped crest of the House Of El, with the mission of protecting his newly adopted home planet in the memory of his true homeworld, and in such capacity he disguises himself as a meek newswriter in which guise he can learn of threats to his adopted homeworld - one of which occurs in an act of trachery by an arrogant criminal mastermind living in a vast headquarters 200 feet beneath the surface of Metropolis, an act of treachery that sends nuclear missiles flying off course and detonates a gigantic earthquake that threatens to destroy California. Michael Daly The infant 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 United States, the boy is adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent. After Jonathan's death several years later, Kal-El - now known as Clark Kent - learns of his true identity from the ghost of Jor-El. He has great powers - he can fly, outrun a train, and lift up a 1-ton truck. But 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: "To fight for truth, justice and the American Way". Lex Luthor, however, has other ideas - 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. Derek O'Cain Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 5,267,500 (Spain) AD: 383,346 (Sweden) BT: USD 55,000,000 CP: Film Export A.G. GR: USD 40,925,251 (USA) (31 December 1978) GR: USD 18,580,136 (USA) (24 December 1978) GR: USD 7,465,343 (USA) (17 December 1978) GR: USD 134,218,018 (USA) GR: USD 10,721,285 (UK) GR: USD 300,218,018 (Worldwide) GR: USD 166,200,000 (Worldwide) (except USA) GR: USD 10,093,000 (Australia) GR: SEK 8,357,201 (Sweden) OW: USD 7,465,343 (USA) (17 December 1978) (508 screens) RT: USD 82,800,000 (USA) SD: March 1977 - November 1978 WG: USD 10,363,384 (USA) (31 December 1978) (817 screens) WG: USD 6,535,784 (USA) (24 December 1978) (806 screens) WG: USD 7,465,343 (USA) (17 December 1978) (508 screens)

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
All (South Korea)
Livre (Brazil)
PG (New Zealand)
M/12 (Portugal)
Atp (Argentina)
PG (Australia)
PG (Canada)
TE (Chile)
K-12 (Finland)
U (France)
11 (Norway)
12 (Norway)(1978)
PT (Peru)
PG (Singapore)
11 (Sweden)
PG (USA)(original rating) (Approved No. 25403)
12 (West Germany)

Music Composers

  1. Williams, John (I)


  1. Unsworth, Geoffrey (photographed by)

Dress Designers

  1. Blake, Yvonne (I)


Adams Filmi [fi] - (1979) (Finland) (theatrical)
American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us] - (1981) (USA) (TV)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (1986) (Argentina) (VHS)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2005) (Argentina) (DVD) (special edition)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2009) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Bridge Entertainment Group [nl] - (2000) (Netherlands) (VHS)
Columbia-EMI-Warner [gb] - (1978) (UK) (theatrical)
Creative Design [us] - (2003) (USA) (DVD)
Espoon OVC Videovision [fi] - (????) (Finland) (video)
Future Film [fi] - (2001) (Finland) (DVD)
Hafbo [nl] - (1979) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Mainostelevisio (MTV3) [fi] - (1986) (2000) (2004) (2005) (Finland) (TV)
Master Video [fi] - (????) (Finland) (video)
Nickes Sound City [fi] - (????) (Finland) (video)
Obshchestvennoye Rossijskoye Televideniye (ORT) Video [ru] - (19??) (Russia) (VHS)
Solar Video [nl] - (????) (Netherlands) (VHS)
Video King [gr] - (1985) (Greece) (VHS)
Warner Bros. Entertainment Finland Oy [fi] - (2006) (Finland) (DVD)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1978) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [ca] - (1979) (Canada) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [ca] - (2006) (Canada) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [gb] - (2001) (UK) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [nl] - (2002) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [nl] - (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD) (4-disc special edition)
Warner Home Video [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Warner Home Video [us] - (1986) (USA) (VHS)
Warner Home Video [us] - (1991) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2001) (USA) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2001) (USA) (VHS) (special edition)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Warner-Columbia Films [ar] - (1979) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Warner-Columbia Filmverleih [de] - (1979) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Warner-Columbia [at] - (1979) (Austria) (theatrical)
Yleisradio (YLE) [fi] - (1994) (Finland) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Baird, Stuart
  2. Ellis, Michael (I)
  3. Thau, Michael (2001 director's cut)


  1. Allen, Patti (I) (production assistant: Canada)
  2. Appleby, Diane (I) (production assistant)
  3. Arnell, Gordon (publicist)
  4. Balen, Trudy (secretary to producer)
  5. Ball, Sally (production assistant)
  6. Bayley, Joy (production assistant)
  7. Bielecki, Stanley (publicity and marketing) (uncredited)
  8. Broom, June (publicity assistant)
  9. Campbell, Mike (I) (visual coordinator) (as Michael Campbell)
  10. Carr, Patricia (I) (production assistant) (as Pat Carr)
  11. Cerullo, Al (I) (helicopter pilot: New York)
  12. Coles, Chris (I) (location manager: New York)
  13. Cox, Jane (I) (special unit secretary)
  14. Davison, Rita (additional continuity)
  15. Dixie, Jane (special unit secretary)
  16. Duthie, Michael J. (production coordinator) (as Michael Duthie)
  17. Edwards, Sue (I) (special unit secretary)
  18. Enfield, Norman (additional script material)
  19. Ferber, Jeanne (executive assistant to Richard Donner)
  20. Fulford, Josie (additional continuity)
  21. Garment, Norma (production assistant)
  22. Gaumont, Yves (trainee assistant)
  23. Green, Ann (I) (production assistant)
  24. Green, Liz (II) (production assistant)
  25. Hall, Jean (II) (production assistant)
  26. Hausner, Sue (secretary to the executive producer)
  27. Hazelden, Norma (production assistant)
  28. Helman, Geoffrey (production executive)
  29. Henderson, Graham (I) (assistant accountant)
  30. Kolpaktchy, Katya (assistant continuity)
  31. Lane, David (I) (visual coordinator)
  32. Leonard Seakwood, Adeline (production assistant: USA) (as Adeline Leonard)
  33. Liebegott, Richard (production assistant: USA) (as Dick Liebegott)
  34. Mankiewicz, Tom (creative consultant)
  35. Martelli, Angela (additional continuity)
  36. Martin, Doris (I) (continuity)
  37. McClean, Jennie (special unit secretary)
  38. Monreal, Maria (executive assistant to producers)
  39. Noakes, Douglas (production accountant)
  40. Norton, Betsy (continuity: USA)
  41. O'Reilly, Patricia (III) (publicity assistant) (as Pat O'Reilly)
  42. Prowse, David (physical trainer: Christopher Reeve) (uncredited)
  43. Rawlings, Kay (continuity)
  44. Rich, Denis (title designer: main titles)
  45. Roeg, Waldo (trainee assistant)
  46. Rubin, Armand (sales consultant)
  47. Rudgard, Bill (trainee assistant)
  48. Salkind, Alexander (presenter)
  49. Schreyeck, Elaine (continuity supervisor)
  50. Stone, Jeannie (production assistant)
  51. Storey, Paul (I) (trainee assistant)
  52. Walter, Ernest (visual coordinator)
  53. Wolff, Marc (helicopter pilot: New Mexico)


Lois Lane: Any more at home like you? Clark Kent: Uh, not really, no. Lex Luthor: This is Lex Luthor. Only one thing alive with less than four legs can hear this frequency, Superman, and that's you. Lex Luthor: It's kryptonite, Superman. Little souvenir from the old home town. I spared no expense to make you feel right at home. Lex Luthor: [swimming in the pool, listening to news broadcasts about Superman] Miss Teschmacher! Turn it off. Miss Teschmacher: [lying by the sunlamps] Lex, what's the story on this guy? Do you think it's the genuine article? Lex Luthor: If he is, he's not from this world. Miss Teschmacher: Why? Lex Luthor: Because, if any human being were going to perpetrate such a fantastic hoax, it would have been me! Otis! My robe! Otis: Right away, Mr. Luthor! Lex Luthor: It all fits somehow, his coming here to Metropolis. And at this particular time. There's a kind of cruel justice about it. I mean, to commit the crime of the century, a man naturally wants to face the challenge of the century. Otis: Listen, Mr. Luthor, maybe this guy that flies is just sort of passing through, you know? Lex Luthor: [Lex gets out of the pool, and stops at the top step. Otis starts helping Lex on with the robe as the bottom of it proceeds to get soaked] Passing through? Not on your life. Which I would gladly sacrifice, by the way, for the opportunity of destroying everything that he represents. And, Otis, by the way, next time put my robe on *after* I'm out of the pool. Otis: Oooohhhh! Miss Teschmacher: [after learning that there is a missile heading toward Hackensack] Lex, my mother lives in Hackensack. [Luthor checks his watch and shakes his head] Lex Luthor: [in Luthor's underground hideout] Miss Teschmacher, how many girls do you know who have a Park Avenue address like this one? Miss Teschmacher: [sarcastically] Park Avenue address? Two hundred feet *below*? [repeated line] Lex Luthor: [shouting] Miss Teschmacher! Miss Teschmacher: Tell me something, Lex, why do so many people have to die for the crime of the century? Lex Luthor: Why? You ask why? Why does the phone always ring when you're in the bathtub? [walking away] Lex Luthor: *Why* is the most diabolical leader of our time surrounding himself with total nincompoops? Otis: I'm back, Mr. Luthor! Lex Luthor: Yes, I was just talking about you. Co Pilot: [Superman supports Air Force One's damaged wing] What the hell happened, we got our engine back? What the hell is going on out there? Air Force One Pilot: Fly. Just fly. We got... something. I ain't saying what it is. Just... trust me. Superman: You don't even care where that other missile is headed, do you? Lex Luthor: Of course I do. I know exactly where it's headed. Hackensack, New Jersey. [he pushes Superman into the pool] Jor-El: [at the Fortress of Solitude] So, my son. Speak. Young Clark Kent: Who am I? Jor-El: Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you've been raised as a human, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have as yet discovered. [pointing to a map of California and the San Andreas Fault] Lex Luthor: Everything west of this line is the richest, most expensive real estate in the world: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco. Everything on THIS side of the line is just hundreds and hundreds of miles of worthless desert land, which just so happens to be owned by... [Whaps Otis with his pointer] Otis: Uhhh... Lex Luthor Incorporated. Lex Luthor: Now, call me foolish, call me irresponsible, but it occurs to me that a 500 megaton bomb planted at just the proper point would, uh... Superman: Would destroy most of California. Millions of innocent people would be killed. The west coast as we know it would... Lex Luthor: Fall into the sea. Lex Luthor: [Gives a little wave with his hand] Bye-bye, California. Hello, new west coast. My west coast. [Otis overlays map with new map] Lex Luthor: Costa Del Lex. Luthorville. Marina del Lex. Otisburg... Otisburg? Otis: Miss Teschmacher, she's got her own place. Lex Luthor: Otisburg? Otis: It's a little bitty place. Lex Luthor: [Angrily] *Otisburg*? Otis: Okay, I'll just wipe it off, that's all. Just a little town. [Erases Otisburg] Lex Luthor: We all have our little faults. Mine's in California. Young Clark Kent: All those things I can do. All those powers. And I couldn't even save him. Clark Kent: Excuse me, Mr. White. I was wondering if, if, uh, perhaps you could arrange for half my salary to be sent to this address on a weekly basis. Lois Lane: Your bookie, right? Clark Kent: My what? Lois Lane: Don't tell me: he sends a check every week to his sweet, grey-haired old mother. Clark Kent: Actually, she's silver-haired. Clark Kent: Really, Lois, supposing that man had shot you? Is it worth risking your life over ten dollars, two credit cards, a hairbrush, and a lipstick? Lois Lane: How did you know that? Clark Kent: Know what? Lois Lane: You just described the exact contents of my purse. [Clark peeks in her purse] Clark Kent: Hmm. Uh, wild guess. Superman: Easy, miss. I've got you. Lois Lane: You - you've got me? Who's got you? [Superman gets a cat out of a tree] Superman: Here you go, miss. Little Girl: Gee, thanks, mister. Superman: Well, good-bye, Frisky. So long, now. [Flys off, turns and waves] Superman: Bye. Little Girl: Bye. [Goes inside] Little Girl: Mommy! Mommy! Frisky was stuck in the tree! This man swooped out of the sky and gave him to me! Mommy: Haven't I told you to stop telling lies? [Sound of slap] Perry White: Now look. The Post: "It Flies." The News: "Look, Ma, No Wires." The Times: "Blue Bomb Buzzes Metropolis." The Planet. We're sitting on top of the story of the century here! I want the name of this flying whatchamacallit to go with the Daily Planet like bacon and eggs, franks and beans, death and taxes, politics and corruption. [Superman and Lois are standing on opposite sides of a large planter] Lois Lane: What color underwear am I wearing? Superman: [looking] Hmmm... Lois Lane: Oh, I'm sorry, I embarrassed you, didn't I? Superman: Oh, no, no, no, not at all, Miss Lane, it's just that this planter must be made of lead. Lois Lane: Uh, yes it is. So? Superman: Well, you see, I, uh, I sort of have a problem seeing through lead. Lois Lane: Oh, that's interesting. Lois Lane: [Writing] Problem seeing through lead. Hmmm. Uh, d-do you have a first name? Superman: What do you mean, like, uh, Ralph or something? Lois Lane: No, no, I mean like... [walks away from the planter] Superman: Pink. Lois Lane: Huh? Superman: Pink. [Lois walks back to the planter] Superman: Um, sorry, Miss Lane, I didn't mean to embarrass you. [first lines] Jor-El: This is no fantasy - no careless product of wild imagination. No, my friends. These indictments that I have brought to you today, specific charges herein against the individuals. Their acts of treason, their ultimate aim of sedition. These... are matters of undeniable fact. I ask you now to pronounce judgement on those accused. Lex Luthor: [to Otis] Do you know why the number two hundred is so vitally descriptive to both you and me? It's your weight and my I.Q. [Miss Teschmacher is posing as the victim of a car wreck] Sergeant Hayley: She's having trouble breathing sir. What do you think? Major: Well, I suggest a vigorous chest massage, and if that doesn't work, uh, mouth-to-mouth. Sergeant Hayley: [enthusiastically] Yes, sir! [bends to the task] Major: [the Major pulls him to his feet] Sergeant, I won't have one of my men doing anything I wouldn't be prepared to do myself. Sergeant Hayley: [disappointed] Yeah, but, sir! Major: Get an ambulance. All right, men. Gather around. About face! Superman: Is that how a warped brain like yours gets its kicks? By planning the death of innocent people? Lex Luthor: No, by causing the death of innocent people. [last lines] Warden: This country is safe again, Superman, thanks to you. Superman: No, sir. Don't thank me, Warden. We're all part of the same team. Good night. [Watching Otis approaching the hideout] Lex Luthor: It's amazing that brain can generate enough power to keep those legs moving. Lex Luthor: Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it's a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe. Lex Luthor: Miss Teschmacher, when I was six years old my father said to me... Miss Teschmacher: "Get out." Lex Luthor: Ha ha. Before that. He said, "Son, stocks may rise and fall, utilities and transportation systems may collapse. People are no damn good, but they will always need land and they'll pay through the nose to get it! Remember," my father said... Otis: "... land." Lex Luthor: Right. [Martha Kent sees her son Clark standing outside in the wheat field, and she approaches him] Young Clark Kent: I have to leave. Ma Kent: I knew this day would come. We both knew it from the day we found you. Young Clark Kent: I talked to Ben Hubbard yesterday. He said that... he'd be happy to help out from now on. [Clark's composure is rapidly breaking down] Young Clark Kent: Mother... Ma Kent: I know, son. I know. Do you... know where you're headed? Young Clark Kent: [nods] North. [pause] Ma Kent: Remember, son. Always remember. [they embrace, and watch the sun rise over the wheat field] Superman: I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way. Lois Lane: [laughs] You're gonna end up fighting every elected official in this country! [Superman appears in Luthor's office] Lex Luthor: Otis, take the gentleman's cape. [Superman glares] Otis: I don't think he wants me to, Mr. Luthor. General Zod: Join us. You have been known to disagree with the Council before. Yours could become an important voice in the new order, second only to my own! I offer you a chance for greatness, Jor-El! Take it! Join us!... You *will* bow down before me, Jor-El. I swear it! No matter that it takes an eternity, you *will* bow down before me! Both you, and then one day, your heirs! The Pimp: Say, Jim, whoo! Superman: Excuse me. [flies off] The Pimp: That's a bad outfit! Whoo! [Superman surprises Lois on her balcony] Lois Lane: Um, um, would you like a glass of wine? Superman: Uh, no, no thanks. I never drink when I fly. [Lex stands on his library sliding ladder searching for a book] Lex Luthor: n... n... n... Otis: 'M'! You want 'M' Mr. Luthor? [Otis moves the sliding ladder Lex is standing on, leaving Lex hanging from a shelf] So, there you go, 'M'. Lex Luthor: 'M' as in moron Otis? No, no, no, it's 'N'! 'N' as in neanderthal, nincompoop, nitwit and 'L' as in ladder! [as Clark discovers his heritage, this is his father's final message to him] Jor-El: Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. Always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son. Lex Luthor: You were great in your day, Superman. But it just stands to reason, when it came time to cash in your chips, this old... diseased... maniac would be your banker. Perry White: Lois, Clark Kent may seem like just a mild-mannered reporter, but listen, not only does he know how to treat his editor-in-chief with the proper respect, not only does he have a snappy, punchy prose style, but he is, in my forty years in this business, the fastest typist I've ever seen. [Interviewing Superman] Lois Lane: How big are you... um... how *tall* are you? [the warden of a prison is sitting in his office when he hears the alarms sound & the guard dogs barking. He steps onto his balcony to see Superman flying into the prison yard, holding Luthor & Otis by the scruff of their jackets] Lex Luthor: You're messing up my suit, you lummox, you! Lex Luthor: [to Superman] Watch the ground! [They land with a start. Luthor & Otis are immediately cornered by the guards] Superman: Good evening, Warden. I think these 2 men should be safe here with you now till they can get a fair trial. Warden: Who is it, Superman? Lex Luthor: [Lex rips off his wig to reveal his bald head] Lex Luthor! The greatest criminal mind of our time! Otis: [repeating what Lex says]... Of our time! Lex Luthor: I hereby serve notice... Otis: He's serving notice to you... Lex Luthor: That these walls... Otis: That these walls here... Lex Luthor: Will you shut up, please! Superman: [to the guards] All right, take them away, boys! [the guards take Luthor & Otis to a cell] Lex Luthor: [shouting at Otis as the guards lead them away] Neanderthal! Nitwit! Nincompoop! Lex Luthor: There's a strong streak of good in you, Superman. But then nobody's perfect... almost nobody. Lex Luthor: Otis, is that the newspaper I asked you to get me? Otis: Yeah. Lex Luthor: Why am I not reading it? Otis: [thinks for a second] 'Cause I haven't given it to you yet? Lex Luthor: [smiles] Right... [snatches the newspaper from Otis' hand] Miss Teschmacher: Why is it I can't get it on with the good guys? Superman: Why did... why did you kiss me first? Miss Teschmacher: I didn't think you'd let me later. Perry White: Now listen to me, I tell you boys and girls - whichever one of you gets it out... is going to wind up with the single most important interview since... God talked to Moses! First Elder: [following the trial and sentencing of General Zod] An unpleasant duty has been masterly performed, Jor-El. They have received the fate they deserve: isolation in the Phantom Zone, an eternal living death. Jor-El: A chance for life, nonetheless... as opposed to us. It's suicide! No, it's worse. It's GENOCIDE! First Elder: Be warned, Jor-El. The Council has already evaluated this outlandish theory of yours. Jor-El: My friends, you know me to be neither rash nor impulsive. I'm not given to wild, unsupported statements. And I tell you that we must evacuate this planet immediately! 2nd Elder: [after Jor-El has told all of them how the Red Sun will destabilize and burst, causing Krypton to do the same] Jor-El, be REASONABLE. Jor-El: My friend, I've never been otherwise. This madness is yours. First Elder: [after the Council of Elders has voted unanimously against Jor-El's desperate proposal] Any attempt by you to create a climate of fear and panic among the populace must be deemed by us an act of insurrection. Jor-El: You would accuse me of insurrection? Has it now become a crime to cherish life? First Elder: You would be banished to endless imprisonment in the Phantom Zone: the eternal void, which you yourself discovered. Jor-El: [bidding his son farewell, as Lara looks on] You will travel far, my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you... even in the face of our death. The richness of our lives shall be yours. All that I have, all that I've learned, everything I feel... all this, and more, I... I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you, all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father the son. This is all I... all I can send you, Kal-El. Lana Lang: [driving up with Brad] Hey, there's Clark! Clark? Brad: How'd you get here so fast? Young Clark Kent: [shrugs] I ran. Brad: "Ran," huh? Told ya he's an oddball. Let's get outta here. [they drive away, Lana looking back at Clark] Jonathan Kent: Been showing off a bit, haven't you, son? Young Clark Kent: [going over to Jonathan] Um... I didn't mean to show off, Pop. It's just that, guys like that Brad, I just want to tear him apart. Jonathan Kent: Yeah, I know, I know. Young Clark Kent: And I know I shouldn't... Jonathan Kent: Yeah, I know, you can do all these amazing things and sometimes you feel like you will just go bust unless you can tell people about them. Young Clark Kent: Yeah. I mean every time I kick the football I can make a touchdown. Every time! I mean, is it showing off if somebody's doing the things he's capable of doing? Is a bird showing off when it flies? Jonathan Kent: No, no. Now, you listen to me. When you first came to us, we thought people would come and take you away because, when they found out, you know, the things you could do... and that worried us a lot. But then a man gets older, and he starts thinking differently and things get very clear. And one thing I do know, son, and that is you are here for a *reason*. I don't know whose reason, or whatever the reason is... Maybe it's because... uh... I don't know. But I do know one thing. It's *not* to score touchdowns. Huh? [they laugh] Young Clark Kent: Thanks, Dad. Lex Luthor: [to Otis] You were followed again. [Otis spins around, knocking over a lamp] Lex Luthor: spite of those catlike reflexes. Miss Teschmacher: I wonder what they're wearing in Addis Ababa? [a cat burglar is climbing up the side of a building. He looks up and sees Superman standing there] Superman: Hi there. Something wrong with the elevator? [Superman lands holding a cat burglar] Superman: Officer! Uh, good evening Officer... [glancing at the officer's nametag] Mooney. Well, they say confession's good for the soul. [takes a handful of stolen jewelry out of the burglar's bag] Superman: I'd listen to this man. Take him away. Jor-El: Krypton! Desk Sergeant: [on seeing a boat in the middle of the street and Superman flying off] Mooney, first bottle's on me, let me get my hat. Lois Lane: Can you read my mind? Do you know what it is that you do to me? I don't know who you are. Just a friend from another star. Here I am, like a kid out of school. Holding hands with a god. I'm a fool. Will you look at me? Quivering. Like a little girl, shivering. You can see right through me. Can you read my mind? Can you picture the things I'm thinking of? Wondering why you are... all the wonderful things you are. You can fly. You belong in the sky. You and I... could belong to each other. If you need a friend... I'm the one to fly to. If you need to be loved... here I am. Read my mind. Lois Lane: [being rescued, stammering] Who... are you? Superman: A friend. [flies away] Superman: [waves] Bye. [Lois waves, and stares at Superman, then sinks into a faint] Lois Lane: What a super man... "Superman"! [as Jor-El is preparing to send his son to Earth before the destruction of Krypton, Lara enters the room with the infant, Kal-El] Lara: Have you finished? Jor-El: Nearly. It's the only answer, Lara. If he remains here with us... he will die as surely as we will. Lara: But why Earth, Jor-El? They're primitives, thousands of years behind us. Jor-El: He will need that advantage to survive. Their atmosphere will... sustain him. [He looks at his son and walks over to the area where the ship that will carry Kal-El lies. There are information crystals placed in slots on the edges] Lara: He will defy their gravity. Jor-El: He will look like one of them. Lara: He won't *be* one of them. Jor-El: No. His dense molecular structure will make him strong. Lara: He'll be odd. Different. Jor-El: He'll be fast. Virtually invulnerable. Lara: Isolated. Alone. Jor-El: He will not be alone. [He holds up a clear crystal and takes a long look at it] Jor-El: He will never be alone. [He places it in one of the slots along with the other crystals in the ship] Jor-El: [in the Fortress of Solitude] You... enjoyed it. Superman: I don't know what to say, Father. I'm afraid I just got carried away. Jor-El: I anticipated this, my son. I... Superman: [surprised] You couldn't have! You couldn't have imagined... Jor-El: ...How good it felt. [Clark nods] You are revealed to the world. Very well, so be it. But you must still retain your secret identity. Superman: But why? Jor-El: The reasons are two. First, you cannot serve humanity twenty-eight hours a day. Superman: Twenty-four. Jor-El: Or twenty-four, as it is in Earth time. Your help would be called for endlessly, even for those problems which human beings could solve themselves. It is their habit to abuse their resources in such a way. Superman: And, second? Jor-El: Second, your enemies will discover that the only way to hurt you, will be by hurting the people you care for. Superman: Thank you, Father. Jor-El: Lastly... Do not punish yourself for your feelings of vanity. Simply learn to control them. It is an affliction common to all, even on Krypton. Our destruction could have been avoided had it not been for the vanity of some who considered us indestructible. Were it not for vanity, why... at this very moment... [sadly] I could embrace you in my arms. My son. [Kal-El reaches yearningly toward his father's image; Jor-El fades, leaving Kal-El alone] [the Amtrak train is racing down the tracks, when a giant hole starts to appear in the tracks in front of them from the earthquake. The engineer spots it] Train Engineer #1: Holy MACKEREL! [He hits the brakes, but realizes he will not be able to stop the train before it hits the gap] Train Engineer #2: Hold her! Train Engineer #1: We're going off the tracks! [Superman dives into the gaping hole & positions himself on the right side of the rails, bridging the gap. He holds up the opposite rail with his arm, then lowers his head as the train hits the gap. The train passes over the gap safely, and the two stunned engineers look back] Miss Teschmacher: It's too good to be true! He's 6-4, has black hair, blue eyes, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and tells the truth! [after the council finds Zod and his henchmen guilty] General Zod: The vote must be unanimous, Jor-El. It has therefore now become your decision. You alone will condemn us if you wish, and you alone will be held responsible by me. Superman: I never lie. Perry White: Olsen! Why am I paying you forty dollars a week when I should have you arrested for loitering? Go get Mr... er... Clark Kent: Kent. Perry White: ...Kent here a towel! Jimmy Olsen: Right, Chief. Perry White: And make mine black and no sugar! Jimmy Olsen: Right, Chief. Perry White: And don't call me 'sugar'! Jor-El: [echo of the past] It is forbidden for you to interfere with human history. Jimmy Olsen: What are you writing, Miss Lane? Lois Lane: An ode to spring. How do you spell massacre? Young Lois Lane: Golly! I saw a boy out there run as fast as the train! Faster, even! Ella Lane: [laughing] Oh, Lois Lane. You have a writer's gift for invention; I'll say that for you. Young Lois Lane: But... but... General Sam Lane: Uh, Lois, please read your book. Young Lois Lane: [going back to her book, sulky] No one ever believes me. Clark Kent: [in Superman's voice] Lois, there's something I have to tell you. I'm really... [In Clark's voice] I-I mean I was, at first, really nervous about tonight, uh... but then I decided, darn it! I'm gonna show you the time of your life. Lois Lane: [still infatuated with Superman] That's Clark, nice. Miss Teschmacher: [looking at Lex's newspaper] A meteorite found in Addis Ababa. Uh, I know I'm gonna get rapped in the mouth for this, but... So what? Lex Luthor: So what. You mean, to us, they're just meteorites. Fair enough. But the level of *specific* radioactivity is so high, to anyone from the planet Krypton, this substance is *lethal*! Otis: Wait a minute, Mr. Luthor. You mean, fire and bullets can't hurt this guy, but this stuff here... Miss Teschmacher, Otis: [in unison]... will kill him! Lex Luthor: Doesn't it give you, like, a shudder of electricity... to be in the same room with me? Miss Teschmacher: [laughs] Not like the shudder *you're* gonna get when you try to lay that rock on him. He can see you coming for miles with those super-peepers of his. Lex Luthor: [obviously, he's already thought of this] "Oh, Lord... You gave them eyes, yet they cannot see." Nor can Superman, through lead. Miss Teschmacher: [understanding] He... can't... see... through... lead! Lex Luthor: And Kryptonite will destroy him. Any questions, class? [first lines] Boy: In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide depression. In times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper whose reputation for clarity and truth had become the symbol for hope in the city of Metropolis... Lois Lane: Oh, hi Rex! Rex Reed: Hey Lois! Lois Lane: See anything good today? Rex Reed: Not 'til you came along. Lois Lane: Oh, Rex, this is, uh... Clark Kent: Clark Kent. Rex Reed: Yeah, see you around. [Lex switches on the remote door, pushing the police officer into the subway train's path killing him] Miss Teschmacher: Sick. You're really sick. Lex Luthor: Sick, Miss Teschmacher? Sick, when I'm mere days from executing the crime of the century? No, no, no, no. Step away from that, please. How do you choose to congratulate the greatest criminal mind of our time? Huh? Huh? You tell me than I'm brilliant? Oh, no, no, that would be too obvious, I grant you. Charismatic. Fiendishly gifted, uh... Miss Teschmacher: Try "twisted." [a thug strikes Superman from behind with a crowbar, it vibrates his hands] Superman: Bad vibrations? Man in Street: I said, that'll be the day when a guy could fly, huh? Clark Kent: Oh, I don't know. You'd be surprised. Man in Street: Yeah. Superman: Uh, you really shouldn't smoke, you know, Miss Lane. Lois Lane: Don't tell me. Lung cancer, right? Superman: [x-rays her lungs] Well, not yet, thank goodness. [Otis tells Lex how he's inputted the coordinates on the missile] Lex Luthor: Otis! The third one was to be 11, and the fourth one, seven! Otis: Oh. Oh, gee. Aw, gee. Gee, Mr. Luthor. Oh, I see. I guess my arm wasn't long enough, see? Lex Luthor: Otis, would you like to see a long arm? Otis, would you like to see a very, very long arm? Otis: Oh, no, Mr. Luthor. Lex Luthor: Look at the overgrown boy scout, Miss Teschmacher. Tell me what you see. Miss Teschmacher: Cuteness, dimples. Lex Luthor: You like cuteness, huh? Dimples. I'll give you dimples. [turns the machine guns on Superman in tunnel] Lois Lane: As you know, my newspaper, the Daily Planet, is very interested in that dam, Chief, but what I don't understand is why you would sell out to a faceless person that you've never met. I mean, you don't even know his name. [the Chief taps on Lois' dashboard as she goes off the road] Lois Lane: Oh, yeah! Indian Chief: At the stupid high price that he offered for this worthless piece of desert, I hope it's Custer! Lois Lane: Perfect! That's just what I need. Thank you. Jor-El: [to Kal-El] The early history of our universe was a bloody mosaic of interplanetary war.

Other Titles

  1. Superman (1978) (ENG)

  2. Superman (1978) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. Superman - Il film (1978) (ENG)
    (Italy) (poster title)

  4. Superman: The Movie (1978) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (promotional title)

  5. Superman: The Movie (1978) (ENG)
    (USA) (promotional title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (studio) (interiors: The Fortress of Solitude)
  2. Alberta, Canada
  3. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  4. Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
  5. Gallup, New Mexico, USA
  6. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
  7. Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  8. High River, Alberta, Canada
  9. Hollywood Sign, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  10. Hoover Dam, Arizona-Nevada Border, USA
  11. New York City, New York, USA
  12. New York City, New York, USA - (Roof of the Daily Planet)
  13. New York Daily News Building - 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA - (Daily Planet)
  14. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (studio)
  15. Red Rock State Park, Church Rock, New Mexico, USA
  16. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)


- 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) was offered the chance to direct this film, but the producers balked at the salary he asked for. They decided to wait until they saw how "this fish movie" (_Jaws (1975)_ (qv)) that he had just completed did at the box office. The movie was a huge success, and Spielberg went on to other projects.

- 'Guy Hamilton (I)' (qv) was originally hired to direct this movie, which was scheduled to shoot in Italy. When production was moved to England for monetary reasons, Hamilton backed out because of his status at the time as a tax exile, meaning he could only be in England for thirty days out of every year.

- Among the actresses who screen tested for the role of Lois Lane were 'Anne Archer' (qv), 'Lesley Ann Warren' (qv), 'Deborah Raffin' (qv), 'Susan Blakely' (qv) and 'Stockard Channing' (qv). One of the reasons 'Margot Kidder' (qv) was chosen over them was the fact that she was the only one who saw the humor in the line "What color of underwear am I wearing?"

- During screen tests for the role of Superman, the role of Lois Lane was played by 'Holly Palance' (qv).

- CAMEO ('Noel Neill' (qv)): Lois Lane's mother. Neill played Lois Lane in _Superman (1948)_