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When not overusing sight gags, slapstick, and Richard Pryor, Superman III resorts to plot points rehashed from the previous Superman flicks. Read critic reviews

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Computer programmer Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) is hired by financial tycoon Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn) to seize control of a weather satellite and annihilate Colombia's coffee crop. When Superman (Christopher Reeve) manages to thwart the plan, Webster commands Gorman to use the satellite to locate kryptonite, the Man of Steel's mortal weakness. But a missing unknown element in the kryptonite -- replaced by Gorman with tar -- causes an unintended side effect when presented to Superman.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Reeve
Clark Kent, Superman
Robert Vaughn
Ross Webster
Jackie Cooper
Perry White
Annie Ross
Vera Webster
Pamela Stephenson
Lorelei Ambrosia
Marc McClure
Jimmy Olsen
Nancy Roberts
Unemployment Clerk
David Newman
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Leslie Newman
Screenwriter
Alexander Salkind
Executive Producer
Ilya Salkind
Executive Producer
Robert Paynter
Cinematographer
John Victor-Smith
Film Editor
Ken Thorne
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Critic Reviews for Superman III

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  • Jan 16, 2019
    Although the cast is certainly game the entire effort comes off like a corny comic book parody (and not in a good way!) of a Superman story and is a total waste in the final analysis and best forgotten.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2017
    Awful movie from start to finish full of terrible gags, Poor acting and dialogue, The plot was so bad, When you cast Richard Prior to play one of the bad guys you know it's going to be so uneven and it was, Poor effects and there was little action, I did like it when Superman turned evil but that got ruined by some stupid and confusing scenes, So many plot holes I gave up caring what was going to happen next, The ending was one of the worst I've seen, Avoid if possible.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2016
    Richard Lester continued his quest to drag this franchise into the ground. From the changes he made to the ultimately theatrical release of Superman II and this film, it's pretty sad. This film shows a synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar, splitting Superman in two: a good Clark Kent and a bad Superman. This leads to a showdown between the two in a junk yard. This "split personality" story was really lost on me. It was interesting to see what an "evil Superman" might do, but I still didn't like it. The opening sequence was also laughable, but in a very bad way. Pryor served up some comic relief as a computer programmer that gets in with the wrong crowd but doesn't save this film. When Joel Schumacher got the Batman franchise gig, I'm pretty sure he called Richard Lester for some tips.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2016
    Giving moviegoers the bird more than the plane, Superman III never really takes flight and ultimately proves as uninspired and disengaging as Superman and its first sequel prove compelling and vital. Aside from falling victim to a monstrous villain aptly named Doomsday in the pages of his own comic book, The Man of Steel also gets 86-ed in the second sequel to 1978's Superman. It's poor writing, poorer ideas, and a man who once famously lit himself on fire with a crack pipe that do him in. For reasons even Jor-El cannot explain, Superman III sees a filmic winning streak dovetail into dumbfounded shenanigans in one fell swoop. In this PG-rated poor excuse of a sequel, synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman (Reeve) in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel. Man from U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn suffered a lot of indignities in the '80s, one being shoe-horned into the final season of The A-Team as a second-string quarterback to George Peppard. In Superman III, however, he plays a villainous millionaire bent on taking over the world's - wait for it - coffee supply in Superman III. The fact that Richard Pryor gives a turn as a genius who builds a super-computer to kill Superman and skis off of a skyscraper roof (not in that order) pretty much tells you all you need to know about this unfortunate doppelganger tale. Bottom line: Pryor Warning
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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