Synopsis: Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp, Valerie Perrine, and Ned Beatty. The film depicts Superman's origin, including his infancy as Kal-El of Krypton and his youthful years in the rural town of Smallville. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered disposition in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane, while battling the villainous Lex Luthor.
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 18 nominations.
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I ask you now to pronounce

your judgement on those accused...


The monstrous face of NON peers through the light at JOR-EL. A man only to the extent that he is not an animal - a force of frightening destruction whose only sounds are terrifying guttural roars.


On this mindless aberration whose

only means of expression are

wanton violence and destruction....

NON lunges at JOR-EL with a roar, bounces back off the edge of the ring of light, which imprisons him.

CAMERA PANS TO URSA: A tall woman with a strikingly beautiful and cruel face. Consumed by a total hatred. Consumed by a total hatred of the male sex, she stares back at JOR-EL with patronizing contempt.


On the woman, URSA, whose perversions

and unreasoning hatred of men have

finally threatened even the male

children on our planet....

CAMERA PANS TO GENERAL ZOD: Glaring defiantly at JOR-El through the dazzling

light with a staggeringly vicious face. Even trapped in the prison of light he seems to

generate an evil force of his own.

REVISION 21/3/77



And finally on General Zod -

Once trusted by this Council, charged

with maintaining the defenses of the

planet Krypton itself - the chief architect

of this intended revolution, the author of this

insidious plot to establish a new order among

Us - with himself as absolute ruler.


The huge faces of the COUNCIL OF ELDERS peer down from the domed ceiling as JOR-EL finishes.


You have listened to the evidence.

The decision of the Council will

now be heard.

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Mario Puzo

Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author, screenwriter and journalist. He is known for his crime novels about the Mafia, most notably The Godfather (1969), which he later co-adapted into a three-part film saga directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the first film in 1972 and Part II in 1974. Puzo also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 Superman film. His last novel, The Family, was released posthumously in 2001. more…

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