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, shooting slowed down to the point where only thirty seconds of film were being shot in one day.
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 ...
When Baby Kal-El is launched from Krypton and his pod shatters the skylight, the falling glass makes the ship sway as if on a string, because it IS dangling from a string.
For the first few opening credits, the graphics 'soar' towards the viewer. Following the appearance of the 'S' symbol, they change direction and from the film's title onwards, recede into the distance.
Two longer versions have been released since the original... one on ABC in 1982 at approximately 182 minutes, and the other on KCOP in Los Angeles in 1994 at approximately 188 minutes. Both contain footage and music not used in the theatrical version, including extensions of the destruction of Krypton, Smallville, Fortress of Solitude, Daily Planet and earthquake scenes. Three longer versions have been released since the original...one is a 188-minute "Salkind International Extended Cut", originally prepared for worldwide television distribution by 's company (this was done to get more money on the sales of the film for television, charged stations and networks by the minute in order to earn profit), this version is commonly called the "KCOP Version" because its first known domestic airing was on L.A. station KCOP in 1994; another a 182-minute version aired on ABC (derived from the earlier television cut), and the final a digitally restored 151-minute director's cut prepared by director in 2000 (and released the following year on DVD). The extended versions contain footage and music not used in the theatrical version, but the television edits have more material than the 2000 restoration, including extensions of the destruction of Krypton, Smallville, Fortress of Solitude, Daily Planet and earthquake scenes.
$7,465,343 (USA) (17 December 1978)
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