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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace -- The Man of Steel is faced with his most important and toughest mission ever -- to rid the world of all nuclear armaments.
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Nuclear Power. In the best hands, it is dangerous. In the hands of Lex Luthor, it is pure evil. This is Superman's greatest battle. And it is for all of us.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Reeve ... Superman / Clark Kent

Gene Hackman ... Lex Luthor / Nuclear Man (voice)

Jackie Cooper ... Perry White

Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen

Jon Cryer ... Lenny

Sam Wanamaker ... David Warfield
Mark Pillow ... Nuclear Man

Mariel Hemingway ... Lacy Warfield

Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane
Damian McLawhorn ... Jeremy

William Hootkins ... Harry Howler

Jim Broadbent ... Jean Pierre Dubois
Stanley Lebor ... General Romoff
Don Fellows ... Levon Hornsby

Robert Beatty ... U.S. President
Bradley Lavelle ... Tall Marshall
Mac McDonald ... Marshall #2
Czeslaw Grocholski ... Russian General #1
Steve Plytas ... Russian General #2
John Hollis ... Russian General #3
Bob Sherman ... Pentagon Senator
Eiji Kusuhara ... Japanese U.N. Guard
Yuri Borienko ... Russian General at Red Square

Boris Isarov ... Cosmonaut Captain
Dorota Zieciowska ... Cosmonaut (as Dorota Zienska)
Jirí Stanislav ... Cosmonaut

Jayne Brook ... JFK High School Teacher
Ron Travis ... Convict
Matthew Freeman ... Submariner
Indira Joshi ... U.N. Secretary General
Douglas W. Iles ... Chief of Staff

Ted Maynard ... Army Chief
Raymond Marlowe ... Navy Chief
John Cagon ... Technician
Malcolm Bullivant ... Swedish U.N. Guard

Mark Caven ... Boystown Priest
Diana Hunter ... Museum Tour Guide
Nicholas Colicos ... Paul at Metro Sports Club
Keith Edwards ... Fort Mason Technician
David Garth ... 1st Elder

Esmond Knight ... 2nd Elder

Eugene Lipinski ... Cosmonaut Space Walker
Dennis Creaghan ... Bill Compton
Philip Fox ... Husband at Great Wall of China
Jimmy Fung ... Chinese Official at Great Wall of China
Guinevere John ... Tourist at Great Wall of China
Peter Penry-Jones ... Tourist at Great Wall of China
Witold Scheybal ... Russian Premiere
Rex Robinson ... Subway Engineer

Kerry Shale ... MBC Newscaster

Susannah York ... Lara (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clive Mantle ... Nuclear Man #2 (scenes deleted)
Max Bracey ... Baby Superman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Peter Diamond ... S.W.A.T. team member with melting gun (uncredited)
Christine Hewett ... Woman Running for Bomb (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Russian Guard (uncredited)

Kingsley Pilgrim ... School kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney J. Furie 
Writing credits
Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) &
Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman)

Christopher Reeve (story) &
Lawrence Konner (story) &
Mark Rosenthal (story)

Lawrence Konner (screenplay) &
Mark Rosenthal (screenplay)

Produced by
Graham Easton .... associate producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Michael J. Kagan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexander Courage 
Cinematography by
Ernest Day 
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Production Design by
John Graysmark 
Costume Design by
John Bloomfield 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harrison Ellenshaw .... second unit director
Mike Higgins .... first assistant director: second unit
Gino Marotta .... first assistant director
Ken Shane .... third assistant director
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction coordinator
Michael Boone .... draughtsman
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer
Steve Cooper .... assistant art director
Martin Hitchcock .... set designer
Robert Jackson .... carpenter
Patricia Johnson .... draughtsman
Michael King .... construction buyer
Alan Neighbour .... carpenter
Dave Weston .... stage hand
Steve Furneaux .... carpenter (uncredited)
Mark Harris .... technical set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Bartlett .... post-production sound
Stan Fiferman .... sound editor
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Chris Greenham .... supervising sound editor
Jack T. Knight .... sound editor
Tony Message .... sound editor
Terry Poulton .... sound editor
Martin Trevis .... boom operator
Simon Harris .... assistant foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Hamilton .... senior special effects technician
David L. Hewitt .... special effects
David McCall .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
William L. Arance .... airbrush artist
Bruce Cardozo .... optical line up
Harrison Ellenshaw .... visual effects supervisor
Peter Ellenshaw .... supervising matte artist
David Emerson .... optical camera
Jammie Friday .... rotoscope artist
Ken Herbster .... visual effects
Brandy Hill .... visual effects camera operator
Dorne Huebler .... visual effects art director
Phil Huff .... visual effects
William Humphrey .... visual effects
Christopher Keith .... visual effects production supervisor
Art Kellner .... opticals: Synoptics
Kevin Kutchaver .... visual effects animator
Michael Lessa .... visual effects supervisor
Candace Lewis .... rotoscope supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... optical effects supervisor: Buena Vista Visual effects
Rocky Mahoney .... visual effects
Jeff Matakovich .... optical supervisor
George Muhs .... visual effects
Patrick T. Myers .... motion control camera
Jody Rogers .... visual effects editor
Nina Salerno .... rotoscope artist
Scott Santoro .... visual effects animator
John Scheele .... technical support
Jodi Sullivan .... visual effects staff
Bruce Tauscher .... visual effects
Lynda Thompson .... visual effects production supervisor
Robert Wait .... element control supervisor
Joseph Wallikas .... visual effects
Martin Beek .... roto artist training (uncredited)
Gabe Cronnelly .... stunts
Perry Davey .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunts (as Sarah Franzel)
Richard Hammatt .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
John Lees .... special stunts
Terry Richards .... stunts (as Terrence Richards)
Trevor Steedman .... stunts
Mark Stewart .... flying stunts
Terry Walsh .... stunts
Ken Barker .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Cade .... stunts (uncredited)
Simon Crane .... stunts (uncredited)
David Forman .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
Tina Maskell .... stunts (uncredited)
Chrissy Monk .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator: second unit
Alan Barry .... best boy
Keith Blake .... focus puller
Bob Bremner .... gaffer
Bob Bridges .... clapper loader: second unit
Roy Ford .... camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Godfrey A. Godar .... photographer: second unit
David James .... still photographer
Jim Kane .... grip
Michael Kelem .... aerial photographer
Martin Kenzie .... first assistant camera
David B. Nowell .... aerial photographer
Paul Wells .... best boy
Marc Wolff .... aerial photographer: gyrosphere
Casting Department
Robert MacDonald .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe consultant
Amelia Davies .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Charles Knight .... third assistant editor
Music Department
Frank Barber .... orchestrator
Alexander Courage .... conductor
Jack Fishman .... musical advisor
Paul Fishman .... composer: additional source music
Robert Hathaway .... music editor
Harry Roberts .... orchestrator
Other crew
Alan Corder .... cutting room assistant
Richard Dobson .... location manager
Bill Edwards .... unit publicist
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor
Carl Martin .... end credits
Philip Morris .... floor runner: 2nd Unit
Rick Nathanson .... production executive
James Payne .... stand-in for jackie cooper
Jill Samuels .... assistant: Mr Golan
Adam Somner .... key production runner
Joe Straw .... production accountant
Ronnie Wass .... titles (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Superman IV: The Strongest Enemy" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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90 min (theatrical version) | Finland:93 min (1987) | 134 min (original cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Nuclear Man was being developed, Christopher Reeve was approached to play that part as Superman's polar opposite, or a darker version of Bizarro.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Superman is strong enough to lift the Statue of Liberty etc, but rolls out of the way when Nuclear Man is about to drop a moon rock onto him.See more »
[first lines]
Cosmonaut Captain:[in Russian] You can sing later comrade Sinatra.
Cosmonaut:[in Russian] Back at home they told me to sing in space.
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Movie Connections:
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46 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Crashing down to Earth, 21 November 2001
Author: Lars Christensen ( from Copnehagen, Denmark

* (1 out of 5)

Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie, 1987

Perversely bad. With major budget cuts (from $28 to $16m) and story problems, the moviemakers suddenly found themselves cutting corners in all areas. And it shows. Completely lacking in awe, fun and excitement, Superman IV most of all feels like a bad joke.

The fact that it comes across more cartoonish than the previous three is hardly intentional, as everything - from effects to dialogue - just seems oddly rushed and second-rate.

The only highlight is Gene Hackman - who returns in high spirits as Lex Luthor. Christopher Reeve co-scripted this time and he again personifies the Man of Steel. But most of his co-stars are either wasted (Mariel Hemingway) or hysterical (John Cryer).

The new villian, Nuclear Man (as played by Mark Pillow), looks like a Swedish showwrestler in a home-made Halloween suit, complete with mullet hair and horrendous over-acting mannerisms.

Director Sidney J. Furie (the man behind the otherwise taut thriller The Entity) seems unable to create any sparks and Superman IV falls completely flat, head first. Game over.

Note: Certain scenes had to be borrowed from the previous movies, most notably Superman and Lois on their romantic evening flight above the Manhattan skyline. How they even managed to make this scene look worse than in the original is really mind-boggling.

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