A band of outlaws terrorizes a community with cattle rustling and murder. The town leaders turn to a local marksman, an expert with a telescopic rifle, in an effort to save the people from the nefarious gang. After being appointed deputy marshal, the marksman takes to his new task to stop the outlaws.
Stoloff is a Cossack who is exiled in Polish Russia where he has gained control of a small Jewish village. Most of the people in the village work as horse thieves for a man named Kifke. Stoloff's rule as not welcome, but tolerated, until a local woman named Naomi returns from France with news of the revolution, which inspires the town to revolt. This puts Naomi in danger and only Kifke and his assistant can help her.
"You'll believe a man can fly," the ads said, and by SUPERMAN's end that's just about true. Christopher Reeve essays the title role and makes it his own, combining correctly chiseled features with a likable comic humanity, while the film itself nicely balances special effects with the romance of Superman and Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). The story opens on the planet Krypton, where Superman's father (Marlon Brando) sends his son off to Earth, where he grows up to be "mild-mannered reporter" Clark Kent. Flying around in tights and cape, Superman-alias-Clark saves the day--and Lois--a number of times. Eventually he rescues all mankind from the evil Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and his assistants (Ned Beatty and Valerie Perrine, in an excellent bit of comic caricature) as they plot to take over the world. Lois is killed in the course of events, but Superman circles the globe at such terrific speed that its rotation is reversed, bringing his beloved back to life. The film burdens itself with too many story lines and an overlong (though beautifully photographed) prolog, but things really get moving when Reeve takes the screen. A worldwide hunt was conducted to find the right man for the role, with Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Nick Nolte, Kris Kristofferson, Sylvester Stallone, Ryan O'Neal, Clint Eastwood, and Charles Bronson among the candidates. So excellent is Reeve, however, that it is nearly impossible to think of anyone else as the Man of Steel. Nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Sound, Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.
The early 1950s spawned a multitude of 3-D films and this one followed right along. Scott, a spy for William Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War, heads out to Arizona after the conflict, hoping to lose that black mark on his reputation. He takes up with Macready and both watch and plot as Weldon and her father, Watkin, ship gold via the stagecoach line. Scott instigates a feud between Macready and Mexican bandit Bedoya. After that smoke clears, Scott and Macready remain, and the two of them shoot it out in a top-notch action sequence in a flaming saloon. Scott not only gets his man, but also Trevor, who has been waiting there for him all the time. He also gets the credit as the associate producer on the film.