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Superman: The Movie


Dec 14, 1978

Latest Home Video

Apr 30, 2001

MPAA Rating



Christopher Reeve Margot Kidder


1978 Warner Brothers

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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.

Content Details

Why Is Superman: The Movie Rated PG?

Superman: The Movie is rated PG

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Overall: A- An alien superhero uses his unusual powers to bring criminals to justice and avert global disaster.

Violence: C+ The consequences of many of the depicted accidents and acts of violence in this film are diverted by super human rescue efforts. Violence includes: An intense explosion, causing people and objects to fall and crash. Prisoners encased in glass prison. Reporter refers to sex, murder and violence in news stories. Man points gun at man and woman, threatens them and shoots bullet. Men attempt to steal from store vendors. Man hit and killed by subway train, body not shown. Man makes references to people being killed. Helicopter accident including explosions, man knocked out with an injury, and woman falling from the helicopter and then from tall building. Man tries to break into building and falls from great height. Shootout between police and criminals during high-speed chase ends in car crash. Man hits another man with iron bar. Lightning hits plane. Woman falls from height. Man repeatedly steps on man’s fingers. Man threatens city population with gas leak. Man hit with stick. Man immobilized with foreign substance. Extensive scenes of destruction during an earthquake including bus and car accidents on a bridge, dam breaking, rocks falling, gas station explosion, near train accident, accidents at electrical plant and car with passenger falling into crack in roadway, woman killed in quake accident.

Sexual Content: A- Superman as a young child is seen completely naked for a brief moment in a non-sexual context. Woman’s clothing and swimsuits reveal some cleavage, woman kisses man, man kisses woman.

Language: B+ Use of name-calling and at least 5 mild profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B Policemen talk about having a drink after an unsettling incident, man smokes cigar, woman drinks wine and offers some to man, one main character and other minor characters shown smoking.

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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.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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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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