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The Return of Superman (1979)

Süpermen Dönüyor (original title)
Born out of a Christmas ornaments-filled heaven, Turkish Superman fights the mob in order to save the day!

Director:

Kunt Tulgar

Writer:

Necdet Tok (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tayfun Demir Tayfun Demir ... Tayfun / Süpermen
Güngör Bayrak Güngör Bayrak ... Alev
Yildirim Gencer ... Ekrem
Esref Kolçak ... Prof. Çetinel
Nejat Özbek Nejat Özbek ... Haydar
Rasit Hazar Rasit Hazar
Seref Çokseker Seref Çokseker ... Tayfun's Earth Mother
Reha Yurdakul ... Tayfun's Earth Father
Ekrem Dümer Ekrem Dümer ... Professor's colleague #1
Renan Fosforoglu
Ahmet Açan Ahmet Açan ... Professor's colleague #2
Turgut Özatay ... Thug with red jacket on the train
Oktar Durukan Oktar Durukan ... Thug
Baki Tamer
Kudret Karadag ... Thug
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After a mysterious prologue in a Christmas tree ornaments-filled "starscape", Turkish Clark Kent is told by his parents that he is an Alien from space and that he must leave to accomplish his destiny. They give him a green gem which he takes into a nearby cave. There, Jor-El, minus half of his front teeth, appears and reveals to Clark that he is Superman... Written by Plastique45

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

1979 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Turkish Superman See more »

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Kunt Film See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in one week, during winter. See more »

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Version of Smallville (2001) See more »

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Superman Main Theme
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Fans of bad movies take note; everyone else avoid
10 January 2019 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

Several years ago there was a news story about a group of children who made a re-enactment of The Raiders of the Lost Ark. Turkey's The Return of Superman is a spiritual cousin to the "film" those kids made. This is adults playacting in front of a camera.

There is so much wrong with the Return of Superman that one feels overwhelmed. Let us start with the special effects, which could have been in a film from the nineteen tens! The flying scenes consist of a toy on strings with bad rear projection behind it. Need more? The audience is treated to the sight of an attempt to kill Superman via a cardboard guillotine. We get fight scenes where the punches clearly fall several inches from the victim's face. Finally, in the film's most mouth dropping scene, the villains get the female journalist to pull over by shooting out one of her tires. However, this is accomplished by some poor schmuck hiding in the trunk of her car who leans far enough out of the trunk to do the dastardly deed. The mind boggles at the film's sub-Ed Wood ineptitude.

The film is not helped by either the script or the cast. The plot mostly consists of people running here and there, the Lois Lane stand in getting kidnapped, and Superman rescuing her. There are no super villains for Superman to fight, so the threat is minor. What happens if the villains get a machine that turns things into gold? Who cares!

Finally, one must address the casting of an actor even worse than Henry Cavill for the role of the caped crusader. The inexpressive Tayfun Demir plays Superman as if he was just some guy in a cape. Demir's one asset is apparently that he is tall enough to fit into the suit.

If all of this sounds amusing to a reader, then he or she might get some laughs out of the film, but I didn't. Even at sixty-eight minutes The Return of Superman feels tedious. This is Manos, the Hands of Fate territory. The 1994 Fantastic Four film is better! If you groove on this type of anti-cinema, knock yourself out, but you have been warned.


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