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Superman II

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Superman II

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
127 minutes
performer:
Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, E.G. Marshall, Marc McClure, Valerie Perrine, Terence Stamp, Susannah York
director:
Richard Lester
Producers:
Alexander Salkind, Film Export A.G., International Film Production, Warner Bros.
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
David Newman, Leslie Newman, Mario Puzo
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

Christopher Reeve’s first go-round as the Man of Steel was undeniably entertaining, but under Richard Donner’s direction it veered all over the stylistic map from biblical-epic solemnity to outright slapstick. On the other hand, Superman II, directed by A Hard Day’s Night auteur Richard Lester, hit just the right comic-book note from the very first frame. And it has two major advantages over the first Superman: an incredible fight scene with Kryptonian villains tossing buses around like paper airplanes, and no reprise of that go-awful love ballad (”Can You Read My Mind”) from the original. A

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