Superman III Movie Minute #5 – Hello Lana


Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly are back with SUPERMAN III MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you'll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the Man of Steel's third big screen adventure starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Annette O'Toole, and Robert Vaughn, five minutes at a time!

In minutes 20:00-25:00, we get more of the chemical fire, Clark attends his high school reunion and reunites with Lana Lang.

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11 responses to “Superman III Movie Minute #5 – Hello Lana

  1. I’ve seen Cross My Heart a few times. Well, a few scenes anyway.

    I swooooooned over Annette O’Toole. “Lois who?”

    Lots of water talk this episode.

  2. If you mentioned this, I didn’t hear it, but Annette O’Toole has an uncredited role as the voice of Atlanna in the Aquaman pilot/movie starring Justin Hartley. But I’ll always remember her as Beverly Marsh from IT.

  3. While you’re singing the praises of Annette O’Toole, I’d argue that her best film is a little seen 1975 gem titled “Smile” starring Bruce Dern & Barbara Feldon. It takes places during a local California beauty pageant and really captures life in 1970s America very well. O’Toole has a featured role and really shines as one of the contestants.

  4. Great episode guys. Chris, I thought the same thing about this lake being the same one where the Kryptonian villains landed on earth in Superman II. I almost expected to see the fisherman in the boat pouring out his coffee haha. I agree with you guys that Christopher Reeve is amazing in these flying scenes. Reeve is at his peak in this film as far as his confidence in the role. He IS Superman. Love the scenes at the Smallville reunion and Annette O’Toole is luminous.

  5. Annette O’Toole might be the only reason to watch this movie. (Ok, evil robot lady is a horror element reason to watch it too.) I like her in just about anything I have seen her in.

    But it is funny, I have seen Cat People too many times to count. I can count how many times I have seen Superman III on one hand.

  6. I’ve only had one course in limnology, but, based on my old text book (Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems, 3rd Edition by R.G. Wetzel), there is no hard and fast rule differentiating lakes from ponds. Instead, you have deep vs shallow lakes and ponds. Shallow lakes and ponds are characterized by a lack of thermal stratification (i.e., where a layer of warm water forms over a layer of cold water, with no mixing of water between the layers), and that light can penetrate to the entire bottom of the lake/pond. Given that Superman was able to freeze the upper portion of the lake, and still leave liquid water behind, suggests that this was a relatively deep lake. (Huzzah! Now, I feel justified in holding on to that text book for all these years).

    Enough science, how about Annette O’Toole? I love her in this movie. So, you don’t have to hold back in your gushing over her on my account. Also, I love the fact that she got to return to the franchise in the Smallville series.

    Thanks for another incredible episode.

  7. Another wonderful episode, Chris and Rob, and I admire and appreciate how even-handed you are being with this film – giving praise where it is warranted. (Ahem, Annette O’Toole).
    You raised the issue of Christopher Reeve’s modest pre-Superman physique and I believe the fact that he was so thin (or as Reeve himself said: “A beanpole”) during his audition has become a little mythologised.
    The impression I get on reading his excellent autobiography ‘Still Me’ is that Reeve was always athletic from a young age, and probably reasonably well-built.
    I’m afraid I don’t have the book to hand but recall that his dedication to his craft meant that he over-worked himself and under-ate to the point of collapsing on stage during a performance, doing crazy things like trying to get by on a hastily-snatched chocolate bar as a day’s meal.
    The life of an aspiring and serious young actor is no doubt a hard one – and I’ve always concluded that Reeve’s weight suffered as a result of that lifestyle.
    Of course, I could be wrong, but also know from experience that it’s not easy for those of us with natural beanpole physiques to put on any amount of muscle and keep it. I think that Reeve most likely had that predisposition to begin with – he was always ‘Super’!

  8. As a kid, I really wanted Lana and Clark together. I loved their chemistry. And how she truly cared for Clark. Could’ve done without the kid, even as a kid myself I thought he was lame.

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