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Superman: The Movie (1978)

  • Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 142 min.

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Summary: An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero. Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel in a big-budget epic with Oscar-winning effects. Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Cooper, Susannah York, Glenn Ford. Richard Donner directed.

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

"Between its extravagant fancies and extravagant success Superman can only help to enhance the prestige of large-scale fantasy filmmaking."
- Gary Arnold, Washington Post
"It's the simple, earth-bound quality of the film that makes this comic-book fantasy soar."
- Judith Martin, Washington Post
"By keeping the spectacular possibilities open, through the opening scenes of the destruction of Krypton, and the subsequent growth to manhood of the planet's only son on the plains of the Midwest, the film allows naiveté and knowingness to coexist."
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Superman is a pure delight..."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Along with its 1980 sequel, no live-action version has so effectively captured the essence of the characters."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews