Superman III
Superman III
PG | 17 June 1983 (USA)
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Aiming to defeat the Man of Steel, wealthy executive Ross Webster hires bumbling but brilliant Gus Gorman to develop synthetic kryptonite, which yields some unexpected psychological effects in the third installment of the 1980s Superman franchise. Between rekindling romance with his high school sweetheart and saving himself, Superman must contend with a powerful supercomputer.

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Lawbolisted

Powerful

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Claysaba

Excellent, Without a doubt!!

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ThedevilChoose

When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.

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Portia Hilton

Blistering performances.

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George Taylor

What do a bad story, poor casting, a blantant ad for Atari in the middle, and bad SFX equal? This movie, which is the worst of the Supermans. Richard Pryors mugging doesn't help. Just a terrible film.

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zkonedog

Despite the directorial struggles that plagued the simultaneous shooting of Superman I and II (Richard Donner being ousted in favor of Richard Lester), the films did very well financially, prompting a third effort. However, instead of the epic feel and formula of the first two films, this one falls completely flat for numerous reasons:-First, the direction of Lester. After watching this film, I am now convinced that Richard Donner really was the mastermind behind the success of the Superman film franchise, as Lester's "Superman III" is riddled with stupid humor and sight gags that do nothing to enhance the film viewing experience. Ironically enough, Donner was supposedly booted from the director's seat of Superman II due to too much farcical humor, but Lester is much worse in that department in this film.-The actors also seem to be sleep-walking through their roles, or were completely miscast in the first place. The new villain is wooden and doesn't hold a candle to Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor, while Richard Pryor's "funny" antics only make the whole film seem like a farce. Even Christopher Reeve, the centerpiece of the Superman franchise, turns in a sub-par performance both as the "heroic" and "bad" Superman. Not until the last few moments of the film does he seem to snap out of his acting doldrums and become the heroic character I remembered from the first two films.-The special effects are also a big step down from the previous efforts. At one point, the wires holding Reeve in the air can be clearly seen, while Superman's landings at times are not as smooth as they were in the earlier films. Once again, in this area "Superman III" could not recapture the greatest of the majestic special effects of the first two movies.-Finally, the two main plots in the film fall as flat as the acting, casting, and special effects. The "bad Supes" thread could have been done much more effectively (think of the good Kirk/bad Kirk in the old Star Trek: Original Series), and the same can be said for the "supercomputer" angle (Captain Kirk talking a computer into submission is much more compelling by comparison).Sadly, then, this film fails in nearly ever aspect of filmmaking. Instead of sticking with the lofty ideals and walking the fine line between heroic and cheesy that Donner did in the first two films, Lester tried to make a campier version of Superman and failed miserably. The only reason I would "recommend" this film to anyone is to show them how horribly wrong a film franchise can turn. Hard-core Supes fans will watch this film regardless of what I say, but to the casual fan I say that you can EASILY skip these two hours of boredom and not miss a beat in your Superman viewing experience.

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StuOz

Superman is back.In my younger days I hated this film, in fact it made me angry as it seemed so bad compared to Sup 1 & 2, but in the last ten years I have started to warm to it...perhaps because it is so much better than TV's Smallville and Lois And Clark?There are some fine action scenes with Superman, I love the retro hardware in the cave (looks like it came from the batcave in 1960s Batman) and Robert Vaughn makes a fine bad guy.However, Superman 3 is not perfect, and you might find yourself clicking the DVD picture search when the film goes back to Smallville.But all things considered...not bad.

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Zbigniew_Krycsiwiki

Richard Lestet returned for another pay cheque film, upping the slapstick, and lessening nearly everything else.The production design is good, the cinematography and acting is good, Christopher Reeve is in top form, as usual, this time in three roles: Clark Kent, Superman, and Evil Superman, and he pulls off all of them quite well. As far as the villain goes, we go from excellent General Zod and his goons in Part II to Robert Vaughn playing Robert Vaughn, and Richard Pryor, who looks either unsure of what he is doing here, or just bored to be here, as he is forced to create synthetic Kryptonite by Lex Luthor's replacement, Robert Vaughn, to try to kill Superman.The film seems unsure what it wants to be, as it veers wildly from zany slapstick, to dark scifi, and action, to horror, as Vera's transformation scene is creepy as hell, and I don't mean that in a good way. The fantasy of the first two films has been replaced with completely out of place horror elements at the climax, which makes it a downer, followed by more silly slapstick in its closing moments, to try to raise the audiences' spirits, unsuccessfully.

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