Superman (1978) Poster


Christopher Reeve: Superman, Clark Kent



  • Superman : Easy, miss. I've got you.

    Lois Lane : You - you've got me? Who's got you?

  • [Superman surprises Lois on her balcony] 

    Lois Lane : Um, um, would you like a glass of wine?

    Superman : Uh, no, no thanks. I never drink when I fly.

  • Superman : I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way.

    Lois Lane : [laughs]  You're gonna end up fighting every elected official in this country!

  • [Superman and Lois are standing on opposite sides of a large planter] 

    Lois Lane : What color underwear am I wearing?

    Superman : [looking]  Hmmm...

    Lois Lane : Oh, I'm sorry, I embarrassed you, didn't I?

    Superman : Oh, no, no, no, not at all, Miss Lane, it's just that this planter must be made of lead.

    Lois Lane : Uh, yes it is. So?

    Superman : Well, you see, I, uh, I sort of have a problem seeing through lead.

    Lois Lane : Oh, that's interesting.

    Lois Lane : [Writing]  Problem seeing through lead. Hmmm. Uh, d-do you have a first name?

    Superman : What do you mean, like, uh, Ralph or something?

    Lois Lane : No, no, I mean like...

    [walks away from the planter] 

    Superman : Pink.

    Lois Lane : Huh?

    Superman : Pink.

    [Lois walks back to the planter] 

    Superman : Um, sorry, Miss Lane, I didn't mean to embarrass you.

  • The Pimp : Say, Jim, whoo!

    Superman : Excuse me.

    [flies off] 

    The Pimp : That's a bad outfit! Whoo!

  • Lois Lane : Any more at home like you?

    Clark Kent : Uh, not really, no.

  • Superman : Is that how a warped brain like yours gets its kicks? By planning the death of innocent people?

    Lex Luthor : No, by causing the death of innocent people.

  • Clark Kent : Excuse me, Mr. White. I was wondering if, if, uh, perhaps you could arrange for half my salary to be sent to this address on a weekly basis.

    Lois Lane : Your bookie, right?

    Clark Kent : My what?

    Lois Lane : Don't tell me: he sends a check every week to his sweet, grey-haired old mother.

    Clark Kent : Actually, she's silver-haired.

  • Clark Kent : Really, Lois, supposing that man had shot you? Is it worth risking your life over ten dollars, two credit cards, a hairbrush, and a lipstick?

    Lois Lane : How did you know that?

    Clark Kent : Know what?

    Lois Lane : You just described the exact contents of my purse.

    [Clark peeks in her purse] 

    Clark Kent : Hmm. Uh, wild guess.

  • Lois Lane : [being rescued, stammering]  Who... are you?

    Superman : A friend.

    [flies away] 

    Superman : [waves]  Bye.

    [Lois waves, and stares at Superman, then sinks into a faint] 

  • [a thug strikes Superman from behind with a crowbar, it vibrates his hands] 

    Superman : Bad vibrations?

  • Superman : Uh, you really shouldn't smoke, you know, Miss Lane.

    Lois Lane : Don't tell me. Lung cancer, right?

    Superman : [x-rays her lungs]  Well, not yet, thank goodness.

  • Perry White : Now look. The Post: "It Flies." The News: "Look, Ma, No Wires." The Times: "Blue Bomb Buzzes Metropolis." The Planet. We're sitting on top of the story of the century here! I want the name of this flying whatchamacallit to go with the Daily Planet like bacon and eggs, franks and beans, death and taxes, politics and corruption.

    Clark Kent : I don't think he would lend himself to any cheap promotion schemes though Mr. White.

    Perry White : Exactly how you would you know that Kent?

    Clark Kent : Um, just a first impression?

  • Superman : Why did... why did you kiss me first?

    Miss Teschmacher : I didn't think you'd let me later.

  • Clark Kent : [in Superman's voice]  Lois, there's something I have to tell you. I'm really...

    [In Clark's voice] 

    Clark Kent : I-I mean I was, at first, really nervous about tonight, uh... but then I decided, darn it! I'm gonna show you the time of your life.

    Lois Lane : [still infatuated with Superman]  That's Clark, nice.

  • Jor-El : [in the Fortress of Solitude]  You... enjoyed it.

    Superman : I don't know what to say, Father. I'm afraid I just got carried away.

    Jor-El : I anticipated this, my son. I...

    Superman : [surprised]  You couldn't have! You couldn't have imagined...

    Jor-El : ...How good it felt.

    [Clark nods] 

    Jor-El : You are revealed to the world. Very well, so be it. But you must still keep your secret identity.

    Superman : But why?

    Jor-El : The reasons are two. First, you cannot serve humanity twenty-eight hours a day.

    Superman : Twenty-four.

    Jor-El : Or twenty-four, as it is in Earth time. Your help would be called for endlessly, even for those problems which human beings could solve themselves. It is their habit to abuse their resources in such a way.

    Superman : And, secondly?

    Jor-El : Secondly, your enemies will discover their only way to hurt you: by hurting the people you care for.

    Superman : Thank you, Father.

    Jor-El : Lastly... Do not punish yourself for your feelings of vanity. Simply learn to control them. It is an affliction common to all, even on Krypton. Our destruction could have been avoided had it not been for the vanity of some who considered us indestructible. Were it not for vanity, why... at this very moment...


    Jor-El : I could embrace you in my arms. My son.

    [Kal-El reaches yearningly toward his father's image; Jor-El fades, leaving Kal-El alone] 

  • Superman : I never lie.

  • Perry White : Olsen! Why am I paying you forty dollars a week when I should have you arrested for loitering? Go get Mr... er...

    Clark Kent : Kent.

    Perry White : ...Kent here a towel!

    Jimmy Olsen : Right, Chief.

    Perry White : And make mine black and no sugar!

    Jimmy Olsen : Right, Chief.

    Perry White : And don't call me 'sugar'!

  • [a cat burglar is climbing up the side of a building. He looks up and sees Superman standing there] 

    Superman : Hi there. Something wrong with the elevator?

  • [Superman lands holding a cat burglar] 

    Superman : Officer! Uh, good evening Officer...

    [glancing at the officer's nametag] 

    Superman : Mooney. Well, they say confession's good for the soul.

    [takes a handful of stolen jewelry out of the burglar's bag] 

    Superman : I'd listen to this man. Take him away.

  • Lois Lane : Oh, hi Rex!

    Rex Reed : Hey Lois!

    Lois Lane : See anything good today?

    Rex Reed : Not 'til you came along.

    Lois Lane : Oh, Rex, this is, uh...

    Clark Kent : Clark Kent.

    Rex Reed : Yeah, see you around.

  • Man in Street : I said, that'll be the day when a guy could fly, huh?

    Clark Kent : Oh, I don't know. You'd be surprised.

    Man in Street : Yeah.

  • [pointing to a map of California and the San Andreas Fault] 

    Lex Luthor : Everything west of this line is the richest, most expensive real estate in the world: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco. Everything on THIS side of the line is just hundreds and hundreds of miles of worthless desert land, which just so happens to be owned by...

    [Whacks Otis with his pointer] 

    Otis : Uh... Lex Luthor Incorporated.

    Lex Luthor : Now, call me foolish, call me irresponsible, but it occurs to me that a 500 megaton bomb planted at just the proper point would...

    Superman : Would destroy most of California. Millions of innocent people would be killed. The west coast as we know it would...

    Lex Luthor : Fall into the sea.

    Lex Luthor : [Gives a little wave with his hand]  Bye-bye, California. Hello, new west coast. *My* west coast.

    [Otis overlays map with new map] 

    Lex Luthor : Costa Del Lex. Luthorville. Marina Del Lex. Otisburg... Otisburg?

    Otis : Miss Teschmacher... she's got her own place.

    [indicates "Teschmacher Peaks"] 

    Lex Luthor : *Otisburg*?

    Otis : It's a little bitty place.

    Lex Luthor : [Angry]  *OTISBURG*?

    Otis : Okay, I'll just wipe it off.

    [Erases Otisburg] 

  • [last lines] 

    Warden : This country is safe again, Superman, thanks to you.

    Superman : No, sir. Don't thank me, Warden. We're all part of the same team. Good night.

  • Superman : You don't even care where the other missile is headed, do you?

    Lex Luthor : Certainly I do. I know exactly where it's headed. Hackensack, New Jersey.

    [he pushes Superman into the pool] 

  • [the warden of a prison is sitting in his office when he hears the alarms sound & the guard dogs barking. He steps onto his balcony to see Superman flying into the prison yard, holding Luthor & Otis by the scruff of their jackets] 

    Lex Luthor : You're messing up my suit, you lummox, you!

    Lex Luthor : [to Superman]  Watch the ground!

    [They land with a start. Luthor & Otis are immediately cornered by the guards] 

    Superman : Good evening, Warden. I think these 2 men should be safe here with you now till they can get a fair trial.

    Warden : Who is it, Superman?

    Lex Luthor : [Lex rips off his wig to reveal his bald head]  Lex Luthor! The greatest criminal mind of our time!

    Otis : [repeating what Lex says]  ... Of our time!

    Lex Luthor : I hereby serve notice...

    Otis : He's serving notice to you...

    Lex Luthor : That these walls...

    Otis : That these walls here...

    Lex Luthor : Will you shut up, please!

    Superman : [to the guards]  All right, take them away, boys!

    [the guards take Luthor & Otis to a cell] 

    Lex Luthor : [shouting at Otis as the guards lead them away]  Neanderthal! Nitwit! Nincompoop!

  • Lex Luthor : [DELETED SCENE: at his underground manor, Luthor is playing the piano and singing]  "You must've been a beautiful baby, you must've been a wonderful child; when you were only startin' to go to kindergarten, you must've drove the little boys wild; And when it came to winning blue ribbons, you must've shown the other kids how; I can see the judge's eyes, when he handed you the prize, you must've made the cutest bow; Yeah, you must've been a beautiful baby... 'Cause, baby, look at you now."

    [He looks over at Eve T., who is about to be fed to Lex's "babies"] 

    Miss Teschmacher : [in tears]  You can't do this to me...! Why, Lex? WHY?

    Lex Luthor : Because I love you, Miss Teschmacher.

    [He signals for Otis to drop Eve, which the henchman does. Then a familiar blue-and-red streak follows her down... and reappears, depositing Eve safely on the floor] 

    Superman : By the way, Miss Teschmacher, your mother sends her love.

    [He gazes over at Luthor, who sighs in defeat] 

  • Lex Luthor : The San Andreas Fault. Maybe you've heard of it?

    Superman : Yes, it's the joining together of two land masses. The fault line is unstable and shifting, which is why you get earthquakes in California from time to time.

    Lex Luthor : [beams]  Wonderful. Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Clark Kent : [bursts into Luthor's underground lair by breaking down the door] 

    Lex Luthor : It's open, come in.

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