Superman Movie Minute #7 – You Are Here For A Reason

SUPERMAN MOVIE MINUTE #7 - You Are Here For A Reason

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 31:00 - 35:00, Pa Kent dispenses advice, and young Clark makes a decision to leave Smallville. Special Guest: Michael Bailey!

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16 responses to “Superman Movie Minute #7 – You Are Here For A Reason

  1. Rob’s right. Of all the moments in Superman, this was the most dramatic and meaningful. As a kid, I felt out of place and looked to this moment to give me some comfort. Maybe I was made for better or different things. Maybe all that ridicule and shit was worth it. Who knew that one day I would grow up to EP Pod Dylan, the greatest music show on the web???

    Ford’s death still gets me after all these years. Especially now that my dad has heart problems. But now this scene hits me differently. As a dad, I hope my kid’s got some great stuff ahead of him. I don’t want him to screw around with time or anything, but if he can beat up asshole truckers, it’ll be worth it.

  2. This short sequence of Superman had more real/true/heartfelt human emotion in it than did all of Thor: Ragnorak (which I did enjoy).

  3. Cheers to Michael Bailey for shouting out to Alberta! You would be so welcome to live here. Though I feel I must inform you of the 5 months of winter – (though there are breaks.) And no, Chris, it’s not Kansas-flat.

  4. I love this scene so much. The whole ‘you aren’t here to score TDs. Youre here for a reason.’ is so simple but cuts to the bone. COntrast it to MoS where Pa Kent says maybe Clark should have let the bus full of kids drown. Ugh.

    As a kid I needed to have Pa feeling his pulse and then dying explained to me. It didn’t make sense to me. But that far shot of him dying is just heartbreaking. Powerful.

    But it also shows why all those Elseworlds where Clark being raised by someone else would change things. From Quakers in The Nail, to Soviets in Red Son, to scientists keeping him underground in Flashpoint, it is the Kents that define Superman … not Jor-El.

  5. My one nitpick – and it’s minor – is your guestest with the bestest didn’t share the story of when Jeff East called into his radio show.

        1. I looked for an opening but never found one. Then again what is a good opening for, “Yeah, Steve and I were supposed to interview East and he forgot and we got him finally but he was drunk and told us how he was sleeping with the actress that played Lana Lang and how production people had to hide him when her boyfriend showed up .”

          1. That’s its own segment. When you talk about the fake nose, I guess. Wasn’t he also dating my Diane Lane at the time?

          2. She was married to Christophe Lambert, and now the rest of humanity is unworthy of Lane’s hand.

  6. I’ve seen this film at least 20 times and Jonathan’s death still gets to me. Glenn Ford manages to convey so much in just a few seconds. When my time comes, I hope to face it with even a fraction of the dignity shown here.

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