1978 Certificate: pg


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the movie that set the standard for comic-based blockbusters, starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. Most of the time, he's mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent. But whenever disaster strikes, one quick change transforms him into a high-flying superhero. Which happens a lot with snoopy colleague Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and evil megalomaniac Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) around. Thanks to pioneering special effects, bullet-speed direction and super casting (which made Reeve a household name and Marlon Brando a record-breaker), you'll really believe a man can fly!


  • Richard Donner


  • Christopher Reeve

  • Margot Kidder

  • Gene Hackman

  • Marlon Brando

  • Glenn Ford


Christopher Reeve, in only his second film, is great in the role that rocketed him to superstardom as the Man of Steel.

While flying high in the action scenes, he is even better in his subtle turn as Superman's alter-ego Clark Kent.

Though the movie develops into predictable comic-strip action after its stunning first 20 minutes, there are enough brilliant special effects and bright sequences to provide slick and satisfying entertainment.

Lifting a whopping $4million for 10 minutes as Superman's dad, Marlon Brando didn't even bother to learn his lines - he read it all off cue cards!