Superman: The Movie
Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane, who's in love with Superman. Clark must summon his superhero alter ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.
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- Richard Donner
- This movie is
- DVD, Blu-ray and streaming
- 1979 BAFTA®
- Best Supporting Actor nominee: Gene Hackman
- 1979 Academy Award®
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French, PortugueseClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; previously unseen footage added by director Richard Donner; 4 behind-the-scenes documentaries: The Magic Behind the Cape, Making Superman: Filming the Legend, Screen Tests, and Taking Flight: The Development of Superman; Superman and Lois Lane screen tests; audio outtakes: alternate scoring for 8 sequences; 5.1 audio-only track; cast/director film highlights; 2 original theatrical trailers.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; making-of featurette; trailer; screen test.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that many characters are in peril before Superman saves the day, including a school bus full of kids teetering off the Golden Gate Bridge, two coasts threatened by a missle launch, and Lois who is buried alive after an earthquake. Superman can't save his adopted dad from a heart attack, however, and is shown mourning his death. There is some smoking in the Daily Planet newsroom typical of the '70s and a few swear words. Superman fights for "truth, justice, and the American way" -- your basic superhero role model.
- Sexual Content
- Two kisses. Lots of cleavage shown on Miss Teschmacher, including one scene where she plays dead on the side of the road and an army officer says he's going to attempt "vigorous chest rubbing." When toddler Superman emerges from the meteor, you can see his penis.
- Lots of action, but little to no blood. Superman stops property crimes. Clark Kent intercepts a bullet intended for Lois by a mugger who accosts the two of them. The citizens of Krypton are killed when their planet explodes. Various people are imperiled during an earthquake, including Jimmy Olsen, but all are saved by Superman. Clark's father, "Pa" Kent, is shown having a fatal heart attack; Clark mourns his death at his funeral. Before he turns back time, Superman discovers Lois buried alive in her car. A derailing train, a helicopter, a bus full of kids teetering off the Golden Gate Bridge, and a lightning-struck Air Force One are all saved by Superman. A detective is thrown in front of a train and all the police find is his mangled hat.
- "Damn," "ass," and "hell" once or twice each.
- Social Behavior
- Like every superhero movie, good against evil is a key component. So is the idea that humans are flawed but worth saving.
- Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Cheerios and Amtrak.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Perry White smokes cigars and Lois and other newsroom employees smoke cigarettes. Superman tells Lois she shouldn't smoke and uses his x-ray vision to check her lungs. Some wine drinking, but Superman says he never drinks when flying. One cop says to another "the first bottle's on me."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it