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Superman: The Movie

After a meteor falls in Smallville, Kansas, the Kents (Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter) become the proud, adaptive parents of a bouncing, baby alien. Keeping his origins a secret, they watch as he grows from a boy to a Superman (played by Christopher Reeve), and sets off to save the world. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Theater Release: 14 Dec 1978
Video Release: 30 Apr 2001
MPAA Rating: PG
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For other unusual adoption stories, check out Stewart Little, Babe, or Dinosaur. For other super hero flicks (not all of which are too super when it comes to violence), read our reviews of Batman-Subzero, Iron Giant, X-men, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mask of Zorro.

Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: Superman Triple Feature

Release Date: 13 November 2012

Warner Brothers Studios is releasing a box set of three movies starring this superhero: Superman, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (not reviewed), and Superman Returns.

DVD Notes: Superman - The Movie (Special Edition)

If the theatrical version of Superman had you convinced a man could fly, you’ll be soaring even higher with this DVD release. Extended by eight minutes (the new run time is 151 minutes), thanks to the inclusion of previously deleted scenes, this revised edition of the caped crusader offers lots of bonus extras too. These include three behind-the-scenes documentaries: The Magic Behind the Cape (special effects), Making Superman: Filming the Legend (production and release) and Taking Flight: The Development of Superman (preproduction). Director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz also provide an audio commentary. As well, you can watch the screen tests for Superman, Lois Lane, and Ursa, listen to the audio outtakes for eight sequences, reminisce with the old TV Spots and see what you missed with two additional deleted scenes. The English audio track is available in Dolby Digital 5.1, with subtitles in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

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