Director Richard Donner's (Scrooged, The Goonies) star-packed extravaganza brings the comic book legend to the screen in grand style. It begins with Superman's scientist dad Jor-El (Marlon Brando) sending the infant superhero down to Earth just as the home planet, Krypton, explodes into a zillion pieces. Taking up permanent residence on Earth, the young Superman grows up into supernormal reporter Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve), wooing winsome colleague Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and keeping his true identity hidden from the world. But when Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) comes up with a dastardly real estate scheme that involves shoving California into the ocean, Clark Kent decides it's time to don his cape and fight the forces of evil.
Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Glenn Ford, Valerie Perrine, Phyllis Thaxter, Jeff East, Trevor Howard, Susannah York, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Lise Hilboldt, Larry Hagman, John Ratzenberger