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David Miller
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My favorite moment is when Reeve transforms between Clark and Kal at Lois's apartment. It's a great bit of stagecraft, akin to the best on-camera transformations into Edward Hyde. Reeve risked destroying audience suspension of disbelief by showing his physical work so explicitly on camera, but instead he brought the audience deeper into the fantasy by establishing its reality.
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That is a great moment, David and I totally subscribe to the notion that is one of the most remarkable on-screen transformations -- I struggle to think of something on a par with it without the use of make-up or special effects.
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Reeve was awesome, Superman looked and acted like Superman. His first night of heroing is  excellent. Hackman was great, though not the Lex of the comics. And it's my favorite movie theme ever. Even over Star Wars!

There are things that still bug me. Krypton the ice planet? The "S" being a Kryptonian symbol. The romance was too adult, as were the sexual innuendos. And that one horrible scene that I won't mention, you'll just have to read my mind...

Skipping Superboy bugged me then. Now I see why they did it.
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Never had a problem with "Can you read my mind?" till I got older and realised the lines rhymed... for some reason, it totally escaped me as child. But, still doesn't bother me too much. The scene is supposed to be magical, romantic, almost like Peter Pan and, for me, it still works.
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Never had a problem with "Can you read my mind?" till I got older and realised the lines rhymed... for some reason, it totally escaped me as child. But, still doesn't bother me too much. The scene is supposed to be magical, romantic, almost like Peter Pan and, for me, it still works.
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Yeah, I donít really have a problem with it, either. Any excuse for more John Williams music is okay by me! 

If Margot Kidder had actually sung the lyrics (as originally intended), then I might have a problem!
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Ohh....I don't like that scene at all. Never have.  It's cheesy and totally out of character for the film in which it lives.  
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When I saw SUPERMAN in the theater in '78 I felt very feh about that Flying With Lois Scene: too romantic, boring, long -- a bathroom break, if needed. But when I watch it now, and he takes off with her, I love it. At times I've I busted out in a big smile and I actually teared up. You really do want to feel how much they could love each other so that the ending hits home all the more powerfully. But... as soon as the "Can You Read My Mind" voice over bit kicks in, I'm out. It's overkill. 

I was of an age when the movie came out to be quite enthralled by Miss Tessmacher, but clearly that was a horrible mistake.

Luthor & cohorts: not so good. Far too much broad comedy. Otis is actually quite well-played by Beatty. It's fine comedic acting. But who the wants it in a Superman movie? Not me! Hackman also, he is quite excellent. "Miss Tessmacher!" He makes you hate him. But ultimately it's a silly Luthor the movie offers. Too much bad "Batman" TV show influence.

Still, and despite other faults I think it has, for me, it's the best superhero movie ever made.
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I found -- and find -- "Can You Read My Mind" to be utterly delightful.
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I bought this film so many times. I bought it on VHS in the 80s. And again in the 90s. And again in 2000 (a special release). And on Blu-ray.

It's one of my favourite superhero films. 

I like the special effects. No idea how they filmed that "Superman saves the helicopter" scene, but it looks 100% real. 

I truly did believe a man could fly.

Incidentally, as a kid, I so wanted Adam West and Burt Ward to return as the Dynamic Duo and team with Reeve's Superman in a TV movie. Never happened, of course. As an adult, thank goodness it didn't (not that it would ever have been even a distinct possibility).
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It should also be noted that they originally recorded more of a 70s pop-style music cue for the nighttime flight scene before settling on a traditional orchestral one, so we should be grateful for what we got!

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My one negative reaction came the very first time I saw the movie. I was so afraid they were going to screw things up. When Lois "asked" if Superman could read her mind, I let out an anguished (and non-verbal) NO-OOOHHHHHH!!!!!
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I showed my 8-year-old nephew the film recently. He loved it. His favourite scene - which made his eyes light up - was when Superman "became a railway track" so as to protect that train during the earthquake. 
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