Watch: Superman III 1983 123movies, Full Movie Online – In mortal enemies, the Man of Steel has no match. Even faced with a trio of sinister super-powered villains from his home planet, Superman saved the day. But can super-strength stand up to the diabolical circuitry of a criminally insane computer? Enter Gus Gorman, a genial half-wit who just happens to be a natural-born genius at computer programming. In his hands, a computer keyboard turns into a deadly weapon, and soon, Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his career. Clark Kent meets his old flame Lana Lang at a Smallville High School reunion and Superman turns into his own worst enemy after exposure to a chunk of red kryptonite..
Plot: Aiming to defeat the Man of Steel, wealthy executive Ross Webster hires bumbling but brilliant Gus Gorman to develop synthetic kryptonite, which yields some unexpected psychological effects in the third installment of the 1980s Superman franchise. Between rekindling romance with his high school sweetheart and saving himself, Superman must contend with a powerful supercomputer.
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A funny, exciting Superman movie that includes the greatest scene in the franchise – the junkyard fight between Evil Supes and his nerdy counterpart, Clark Kent.
Richard Pryor is hilarious as the hapless Gus Gorman – the computer programming genius with a heart. Robert Vaughn makes for a great villain and the special effects are top notch.
So much more entertaining than the tedious bile that would come in later years – Superman Returns and the Henry Cavill rubbish.
I remember sitting in the packed theater in 1983 and the whole audience thoroughly enjoying this – laughing and cheering in all the right places.
And for those who claim the film is too silly – do they not remember Ned Beatty as the cretin Otis in Superman and Superman II – surely the stupidest character to grace the series.
– Charles Dance
Never underestimate the power of computers.
After being caught for a money making computer scam, Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor – wonderful) is recruited by unscrupulous multimillionaire Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn). With Gorman’s computer expertise, Webster plans to take complete economic control. But first there is the considerable issue of eradicating Superman first…
Richard Lester, as everyone now knows, inherited Superman 2 from the jettisoned Richard Donner. Here we have a complete Richard Lester Superman film, and from the extended slapstick opening we are aware that this is far lighter in tone than the previous two films. Lester’s credits are steeped in comedy traditions, so it’s no real surprise that Superman 3 is more airy comic book than troubled caped crusader. This is something that many franchise fans are completely unforgiving about. Which is a shame, because viewed as a comic book bit of nonsense it’s a rather enjoyable film, certainly it’s the one with the most fun approach.
The action is very well put together, with a franchise highlight as Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) gets to fight a clearly off kilter Superman (erm, Reeve again), and the comedy, if accepted on its own terms, is very rewarding. Annette O’Toole (adorable) takes the lead love interest role for this one, with Margo Kidder only along for cameo duties. Pamela Stephenson is on hand for some sex bomb side-kick to Vaughn work, and Annie Ross gest the bitch sibling role and gets her teeth and “wires” into it.
All told, it’s not a ground shaking superhero film, but it does work as entertainment if one can cast off the mythology of Superman and his fantastical complexities. To do so is not a crime against ones superhero beliefs, it’s just an acceptance that this is a different approach, and that Superman 3’s only real crime is not being as good as the two film’s that preceded it. Hey, just think, “Quest For Peace” was around the corner… 6/10
Superman: The Comedy
For years, many fans wondered about what has become known as the “hybrid version” of Superman II, which was half directed by Richard Donner and half directed by Richard Lester after Donner was unceremoniously dumped from the project.
Superman II was a very strong sequel despite all the production woes, but has not held up nearly as well as the first film, and now plays more like camp in many spots. Was this Lester’s influence, or was the plan always to lighten the tone of the sequel to create more of a popcorn film? Well, we all got our answer in 1983, when Superman III debuted, this completely under the guiding hand of Richard Lester.
From the film’s opening credit sequence, a completely farcical series of events, you get that sinking feeling and realize that anything resembling cheese and slapstick in the second film was directly the influence of Lester. The first Superman was grounded in a sense of reality, even if it was a comic book one, which is noticeably absent from much of Superman II. In the first film, Metropolis always seemed like a real city with real people inhabiting it. The second recalled a city on a sound stage with only the vaguest sense of a distorted reality. Well, the filmmakers decided to distort reality further in Superman III by ignoring what made the franchise great and going with a hipper, more today approach. They accomplished this by centering the film around the casting of Richard Pryor. The problem with this approach is that there is absolutely no reason for Richard Pryor to appear in Superman III other than the fact that he’s Richard Pryor.
The idea behind Superman III is actually a fairly intriguing one, where a computer genius constructs a super-computer, which in a unique turn of events alters the mental stability of Superman, turning him away from his All-American persona. Suddenly, Superman is no longer the hope for all mankind, but the “anti Superman” intent on destroying us. It also contains one of the best moments in the series, as Clark Kent and the evil Superman actually battle each other. It’s one of the highpoints of the entire series, yet still can’t avoid being disappointing by the overall poor quality of the production.
I Thank the heavens that a good 20 minutes of this movie was cut for theatrical release because it just made the pacing even worse!, most of the footage cut was more pointless forced comedy moments and the only high point of the footage being reinserted for the Extended TV Version shown numerous times in the late eighties were the newly created opening credits in space, rather then the credits appearing during the opening montage in the theatrical cut.
So what went wrong? I would put the blame squarely at the feet of Lester and the Salkinds, who seemed to want to make a “Richard Pryor” Superman movie rather than a film that was true to the spirit of the characters and the original film. Pryor is given far too much screen time despite the fact that he’s not even the main villain. The producers obviously figured that, if they’re paying Richard Pryor, they may as well use him, whether it benefits the film or not. So what would I have done differently? Well, the plot about a super computer and an altered Superman is a fantastic direction for the film to go, but that’s where they left it. I would have eliminated the character of Ross Webster, the ultimate corporate bad guy, and everyone around him in favor of Gus Gorman, the computer genius trying to dominate the world on his own. The Webster character is totally unnecessary and a more maniacal Gorman working in solitude would have been far more menacing But the catch is that with Pryor in the role of Gorman, the producers obviously felt a need to allow him to redeem himself in the end, so I say they should have removed Pryor, too. This could also have cut out much of the unnecessary comic drivel that ruins Superman III.
Ultimately, Superman III is not the worst entry in the series, but not for a lack of trying. Richard Lester proved once and for all that he really didn’t understand what a Superman movie should be, seemingly relying on British slapstick comedy that is taken right out of an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus “where it belongs!” and a pathetic, poor script that he and probably only ten other people found amusing. He must have forgotten that Superman is aimed towards an American audience. The movie does actually start to get good from the moment supes becomes “anti-supes”, Watching the dual between Clark and Superman really lets you see how the whole movie could have been made “dark and serious” and kept out of the silly comedy path “even with Pryor and other factors etc” If Superman III had been made this way it probably would have been better then II!. The Superman vs. Clark scene proves this, In Superman II where Zod and Superman battle it out, the end result is disappointing and nothing really happens other then Superman throwing Zod into a Coca-Cola sign, the confrontation in III is far far better!. With all the great characters and history that Superman has encountered, there were really limitless possibilities for this sequel. Unfortunately for fans, we happened to get stuck with filmmakers who obviously were limited in their abilities, talents and taste!. The last 35 minutes of this movie on a whole deserves a 6/10 rating. Why could the other 85 minutes of this movie not of been the same!, The rest of the movie deserves nothing more then a poor…
Third fun adventure with physical comedy and predictable comic-strip action
A fun and thrilling follow-up in which Superman : Christopher Reeve falls temporarily in distress when is poisoned by synthetic kryptonite containing nicotine tar. As villainous Ross Rob Webster : Robert Vaughn attempts to defeat Superman via the expertise of bumbling computer wizz Gus Gorman : Richard Pryor and the judicious use of an artificial mineral, it results in some impresive and amusing scenes in which Superman battles his doppleganger. Along the way Superman carries out some botchers as blowing up the olympic torch, breaks a petrol ship resulting in polluting the ocean with oil and straightens up the Tower of Pisa, among others . However, absence of Lois Lane : Margot Kidder as main role , exception for some brief final scenes, instead the big guy takes up with former flame Lana Lang : Annette O’Toole.
The most refreshing and by some the best of the three Superman main entries. The film is fast-moving, enjoyable and amusing, apart from the expendable romantic interludes when Superman falls again for an old flame, being an agreeable piece of first-class entertainment . Funny and clever screenplay by David Newman with a promising satiric start that is uneven developed through the movie, though providing a good sprinkly of funny lines. The film contains thrills, abundant special effects, and noisy action that boasts both a wickest sense of humour and a joyous zing. Here Superman explores his darkest aspect after undertaking a deep tranformation into sleaze side. Fine cast with Christopher Reeve who is pretty good and excels in the between good and bad Superman. As well as Richard Pryor as a true showman playing a crooked computer genius, at his best. Fx are well up to the mark, though including a dated matte painting, at times. As there are enough over-the-top traditional as well as modern digital effects to satisfy the most avid Science Fiction and Fantasy fans. Along with two main starring : Christopher Reeve, Richar Pryor there are other charming secondaries delivering sympathetic interpretations, such as : Robert Vaughn, Pamela Stephenson, Annette O’Toole, Annie Ross, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Gavan O’Herlihy, Graham Stark, and many others.
Sparkling technicolor cinematography by Robert Paynter lends the top-dressing to the proceedings. And, of course, nice soundtrack by Ken Thorne based on the great and prolific composer John Williams, including the classic leitmotif. The picture was inventive and professionally directed by Richard Lester giving a witty approach, outstanding an intelligent dual characterization on Superman . Lester is a good filmmaker working from the Sixties and with penchant for comedy, as he directed the following ones : Petulia, A hard day’s night, Help, A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, The Ritz, The mouse on the moon, Royal Flash, Finders keepers, The bed sitting room, Juggernaut, Butch and Sundance the early days, Three musketeers, Four musketeers, The return of musketeers.
This high-flying series about Superman produced by Alexander, Yla Salkind are as follows : Superman 1978 by Richard Donner with Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Marlon Brando, Terence Stamp, Maria Schell, Marc McClure . Superman 2 , 1980, by Richard Lester with Reeve, Kidder, Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas. Superman, the quest for peace 1987 by Sidney J Fury with Reeve, Sam Wanamaker, John Cryer , Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Marc Pillow. And in similar style Supergirl 1984 by Jeannot Szwarc with Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter Cook, Mia Farrow.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 5 min (125 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director Richard Lester
Writer Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, David Newman
Actors Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards 2 wins & 7 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Lenses
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Film Length 3,300 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm