Superman II

(Great Britain/USA, 1980, 127 minutes)

Superman must face three villains who survived the explosion of Krypton and are threatening Earth, while facing the truth about his own feelings for Lois Lane. Slight comic-book adventure taking up a number of loose ends from the first Superman, throwing away some good ideas in rather rote scripting; not as good as the original, though closer to a comic-strip spirit, and even the trick effects seem cheaper. The film was mostly shot by Richard Donner simultaneously with the original, but finished by Richard Lester, who had worked as a consulting producer on the first film and was offered the job after Donner and producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind fell out; in 2006, Donner was given by Warners the chance to put together his original (and vastly superior) vision for Superman II, in a 110-minute cut assembled by Michael Thau and released on DVD.

A Warner Bros. release. Alexander Salkind presents an Alexander & Ilya Salkind production; an International Film Production picture, made by Dovemead Limited. Starring Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Susannah York; with Clifton James, E. G. Marshall as the President, Marc McClure; and Terence Stamp. Directed by Richard Lester (with uncredited material directed by Richard Donner); produced by Pierre Spengler; screenplay by Mario Puzo, David Newman and Leslie Newman, based on a story by Mario Puzo and the character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; creative consultant, Tom Mankiewicz; music by Ken Thorne, from original material composed by John Williams; directors of photography, Geoffrey Unsworth, Bob Paynter; production designers, John Barry and Peter Murton; costume designers, Yvonne Blake and Susan Yelland; film editor, John Victor-Smith; director of miniature effects and additional flying sequences, Derek Meddings; director of special effects, Colin Chilvers; supervisor of optical and visual effects, Roy Field; special effects director, flying unit, Zoran Perisic.


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