PG | | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
At one point Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were offered the roles of Jor El and Lara, but the British Acting Union were increasingly concerned about the amount of American actors joining the production. This was also the reason why an offer to Orson Welles was withdrawn, and why the Krypton Elders are almost all played by British actors.
In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide depression. In times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet, a great metropolitan ...
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.
Cheerios by General Mills
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.
$7,465,343 (USA) (17 December 1978)
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