This first attempt to turn a comic book superhero into a big-budget, all-star spectacle was a rousing success, helping to pave the way for the current dominance of the genre. Under the direction of Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve gave moviegoers a definitive interpretation of the Man of Steel, heading a remarkable cast including Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman. The film’s visual effects team won a Special Achievement Award, and John Williams was nominated for his original score, featuring such highlights as the popular “Superman March,” the romantic “Can You Read My Mind?” and the lighthearted “March of the Villains.” 

DIRECTED BY: Richard Donner. WRITTEN BY: Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Robert Benton. STORY BY: Mario Puzo. WITH: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty. 1978. 151 min. USA/UK. Color. Scope. English. Rated PG; suitable for ages 8+. 35mm. 
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