Superman (1978)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama

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An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

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  • Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)
  • Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)
  • Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in Superman (1978)
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  • Margot Kidder in Superman (1978)

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22 October 2004 | LookingforJulia
| Best opening title sequence... ever!
We all have unique reasons for loving a film. That's what makes cinema so magical. It's personal. You can love the meat of the movie, or you can love the trimmings.

There's a bunch of good stuff here. Most people my age will refer to "Superman" as THE definitive superhero film. None will ever take it's place. A position no doubt dictated by the age we were when first viewing it. As with films like "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark", WHEN you experience them is just as important as HOW you experience them.

As we age, youth's eyes fade. Cynicism creeps in. Experience leads us to see the many injustices this life offers and we become more critical... less likely to accept that which we would rather believe. After all, an adult who clings to the youthful ideals of wonder is simply naive... right?

To this day, the opening title sequence for "Superman" fills me with the same magical joy it did over twenty years ago. Never was a score so perfectly crafted around a film. John Williams and Richard Donner created such an indelible experience that over 25 yrs later, Bryan Synger will use the same music and theme to bring the magic to a new generation of wondrous eyes.

As for me though, this will always remain the best.

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The "subway" train that runs over Detective Harry is not a subway train; it is a standard New Haven commuter train that is powered by an FL-9 dual mode diesel-electric/straight electric locomotive. Subway systems generally do not use diesel locomotives for revenue service, only for work trains so the 3rd rail can be deenergized. Due to the risk of pollution; they use electrical-powered train cars. Some commuter train routes do have trains traveling through extended tunnels like a subway normally would (such as in the Grand Central Station area of New York, where this scene was filmed) and these often use dual mode or straight electric locomotives and/or self propelled electric MU cars.

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The cameos of Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill were cut from the original release prints for good reason: Their characters' prepubescent little girl sees high school student Clark Kent running alongside the train. Cut dialogue identifies the child as Lois Lane, but it is painfully obvious that Margot Kidder, who plays the grown-up Lois, is older than Christopher Reeve, portraying the adult Clark/Superman, not younger.


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Music and Lyrics by
Rick Davies & Roger Hodgson
Performed by Supertramp
Courtesy of A&M Records


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Action | Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi

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