Superman Movie Minute #18 – In A Fairy Tale


Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly bring you SUPERMAN MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you'll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the classic 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, and Marlon Brando, five minutes at a time!

In minutes 86:00 - 90:00, Superman takes Lois on a spin around--and over--Metropolis.

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20 responses to “Superman Movie Minute #18 – In A Fairy Tale

  1. TOP 5 Movie Themes
    1. “Main Title from Superman” by John Williams
    2. “March from Raiders of the Lost Ark” by John Williams
    3. “Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back” by John Williams
    4. “Main Title from Star Wars” by John Williams
    5. “The Batman Theme by Danny Elfman

      1. The question I always ask myself is why aren’t any of the superhero movie themes today memorable? I really could not distinguish Thor from Ant Man from Iron Man without any visuals.

        1. Alan Silvestri’s themes from Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger are the only ones that come to mind. The entire First Avenger soundtrack is a throwback to memorable scores. I love it.

          Oh, and Wonder Woman’s screechy theme from BvS, WW, and JL. I didn’t like it at first, but it grew on me, and it signals Gal Gadot’s presence, so it’s always welcome.


  2. As a kid, I thought this was the biggest waste of time in this movie. I mean, seriously … a love poem??
    Shouldn’t Superman be out there punching the teeth out of the Galactic Golem’s mouth?

    But as time has gone on and I have matured (a teeny weeny bit), I have come to appreciate this scene. It shows the instant connection between Superman and Lois. I am glad Kidder just recites the poem and doesn’t try to sing it.

    I can’t tell you how many times, in the middle of shoveling snow in frigid New England, that I have looked at a family member and said ‘would you look at me shivering … like a little girl quivering’, only to be met by blank stares.

  3. Top 5 movie themes:
    Flash by Queen
    Star Trek theme by Jerry Goldsmith
    Superman theme by J. Williams
    Terminator theme by that one guy
    Star Wars theme by J. Williams

    1. “that one guy” who composed the theme to The Terminator is Brad Fiedel.

      I’d also throw Silvestri’s theme to Back to the Future in a Top 10 or Top 15 list.

    1. Maureen McGovern, Gawd bless ‘er! She nails it, I especially love the final verse Key change. That would’ve been great in the film, rather than the recitation, which remains utterly cringeworthy.

      1. My mom had this version on one of those K-Tel compilation cassettes not long after the movie came out. I remember her asking me “Do you remember this? It was in Superman?”. Not so much.

        No offense, but if this was in the movie, it would have pulled it from timeless classic to pure 70s. Not bad in and of itself, but any “pop” version of this song is just too….70s.


        1. I am so offended!

          If it had the bleeps and stuff that comes in on the Krypton theme, yeah, but to me, it’s a timeless performance and arrangement. That poem seemed corny when I was 15 and is still ‘orrible.

  4. Great point from Chris about ‘Can you read my mind’ being Lois composing an article. That’s what old hacks indeed do.

    I never considered that Metropolis was New York. Blimey!

    The main theme is wonderful, so perfect. The Love Theme is gorgeous. But The Planet Krypton is just a lot of old foreboding – great with moving pictures but not terribly memorable. I had to turn on Apple Music because I couldn’t bring it to mind.

  5. The first time I saw this movie, I was sitting near a couple of women. During this scene, one of them said out loud, “Oh, that’s the song!” My silent internal incredulous reaction to that person was far more severe than my silent internal cringing reaction to the scene.
    Pop songs attached to films were a very big deal in the 1970s. Original songs could be hit records, which would help promote the film, and be eligible for Academy Award nominations, which would help promote the film. I was surprised to find out that this song did not get nominated!

  6. I love this movie sequence so much. It’s dated and cheesy, but reminds me of a time when the world was less cynical. I don’t think I’ve ever NOT cringed while watching it, but I love it all the same.

    Also… if you’re talking about standout songs from this soundtrack, you have to include March Of The Villains. It’s absolutely brilliant.

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