Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 125 minutes
Here was a case in which the progenitors of this successful comic-book adaptation figured they had to go in a new direction--and chose the wrong one. For starters, they recruited comedian Richard Pryor, who was the kiss of death for almost every movie he was in except his own concert films. He plays a computer specialist who is hired by a criminal mastermind (Robert Vaughan) to help him take on Superman by exposing him to a new form of Kryptonite: red Kryptonite, which always had unpredictable effects in the comic books. In this film, it splits Superman in two, dividing his good self from his dark side. The special effects had gone about as far as they could, and this movie strains to hold an audience's interest for its full running length. --Marshall Fine
I don't understand you Olsen. A boring banquet and you bring me three thousand boring pictures. Yet Superman saves a man from drowning on 3rd Avenue this morning while you stand there watching the whole thing and you don't even bring me one picture.
Chief, I didn't have my camera with me.
A photographer eats with his camera. A photographer sleeps with his camera.
I'm glad I'm a writer.
Clark, I want you to keep these people distracted so they don't know what I'm doing.
What are you doing?
What am I doing? Remember what the chief said? A photographer always goes after a story.
That could be dangerous, Jimmy.
Danger? Goes with the territory, Mister Kent.