Superman III

If the world's most powerful computer can control even Superman...no one on earth is safe.

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Podcast Release Date:
Apr 30, 2013

Superman Series Episode 4

The eye is easily frightened. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

1983 was a banner year for computing.  Microsoft Windows was announced,  Lotus spreadsheets were released and the first IBM clone PC was sold by Compaq.  And Gus Gorman builds a supercomputer that becomes self-aware, turns humans into cyborg slaves, and tries to kill Superman!  This third installment in the Superman film series, this one directed entirely by Richard Lester, relied more on laughs than action, with comedian Richard Pryor taking a co-starring role.  How does the mix of comedy, action, and inner conflict work in this Superman film?  Listen to find out!

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Movie Details

Series
Comic Book Movies
Series
DC Comics Series
Series
Superman
Original Title
Superman III
Title
Superman III
Director
Richard Lester
Author
Producer
Pierre Spengler
Writer
Actors
Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn, Margot Kidder, Gavan O'Herlihy, Nancy Roberts, Graham Stark, Henry Woolf, Gordon Rollings, Peter Wear, Justin Case, Bob Todd, Terry Camilleri, Stefan Kalipha, Helen Horton, Lou Hirsch, Bill Reimbold, Shane Rimmer, Al Matthews, Barry Dennen, Enid Saunders, Kevin Harrison Cork, Robert Henderson, Paul Kaethler, R.J. Bell, Pamela Mandell, Peter Whitman, Ronnie Brody, Sandra Dickinson, Philip Gilbert, Pat Starr, Gordon Signer, John Bluthal, George Chisholm, David Fielder, Robert Beatty, Christopher Malcolm, Larry Lamb, Tina Simmons
Runtime
2 h 05 min
Release Date
17 June 1983
Genres
Comedy, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Overview
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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