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Clark Kent/Superman (Christopher Reeve) is still having saving people
lives in Metropolis and sometimes the whole world, when he is flying.
In the time, when the nuclear war might still happen between the
American and the Russians. The world is still never safe and people
still lives in fear. But when a young boy named Jeremy (Damian
McLawhorn) thinks that Superman could disarmed the whole entire nuclear
war by writing an personal letter to the Daily Planet. Superman sees in
the boy's point of the letter, he decides to talk to the United Nations
for peace on earth. But things are slowly changing, when Superman's
number one enemy Lux Luthor (Two Time Oscar-Winner:Gene Hackman) is
having plans to kill Superman once and for all with the help of
Luthor's nephew (Jon Cryer) by using a piece of Superman's hair by
creating an super-clone named Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). A super-clone
so powerful that is radiation charged. Now Superman has to find ways to
destroy Nuclear Man before he gets Lux Luthor.
Directed by Sidney J. Furie (The Entity, Iron Eagle) made an amusing, intentionally campy if extremely cheap sequel to "Superman" films. This fourth movie was produced (sadly) by the king of low-budget pictures of the 1980's Cannon Films. Which Cannon Films were going down, when "Superman 4" was produced after they were involved with box office disappointments like "Lifeforce", "Invaders from Mars remake" and "Over the Top". Originally Warner Bros give Cannon Films $40 million to produced the fourth picture but they only used $17 million to make it. They used the rest of the $23 million by producing other movies sadly. Special Visual Effects of this one truly did hurter the movie, there's only a very few F/X sequences were good but not many to make it memorable like the first two films. Also "Superman 4" feels choppy at times, not everything is logical in the story. While many scenes hit the cutting room floor before it was release. If the producers or the director kept some of the scenes that make some sense in the story. The premise could have been much more.
But on the plus side, what i feel make "Superman 4" watchable is the good performances from the cast. Reeve is terrific as always in the title role. Hackman is a joy seeing him playing the villain. Margot Kidder as Lois Lane is also fun as well. I did like the new characters in the film played by Cryer as Luthor's nephew and Mariel Hemingway as Lucy Warfield. Which Hemingway plays the daughter of a billionaire tycoon who bought The Daily Planet and she also finds herself attractive to Clark character. Pillow isn't bad in his only film as the villain but when he speaks, it is unintentionally funny most of the time.
DVD Version from the recent Deluxe Edition. DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an decent Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD includes an fascinating commentary by Mark Rosenthal (Star Trek 6:The Undiscovered Country, The Beverly Hillbilles, Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back). Which the co-screenwriter of the film talks about how Cannon treated the production badly, why the special effects looks so lame comparing to the previous films, character developments and the scenes were deleted from the picture. DVD also includes Deleted Scenes from the work-print (Which some are fascinating) but they don't including some of the deleted footage what Rosenthal mention in the commentary and the original theatrical trailer.
"Superman 4:The Quest for Peace" was a major box office flop in the summer of 1987. But it somehow find life on video and it's great entertainment for the kids. Reeve came up with the premise of this feature along with Rosenthal and Co-Screenwriter Lawerence Konner (The Jewel of the Nile, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, Mercury Rising). Which Reeve wasn't sure if he wanted to do another Superman film if Cannon Films will help produced one of Reeve's personal project called "Street Smart". Which that film was notable for Oscar-Nominated Supporting Performance by Oscar-Winner:Morgan Freeman as the violent pimp. But Reeve at the time, he felt he could make it up for the Superman 3. For his career at that time, it seems to make it much worse. But i think for me anyway, i felt "Superman 4" was improvement story-wise from the third film. Also nothing could top the villain Luthor as well, no matter what the screenwriter could come up with. Die Hard fans of the comic-books or the films might be more forgiving with this one. Joe-Dunton-Camera Scope (J-D-C Scope). (*** 1/2 out of *****).
I wrote a review of this telling you how bad it was. I changed my mind. I actually enjoy the movie. I used to watch it only to laugh at it, but it turned out later I wasn't watching it anymore to laugh. I love this movie. It's not as good as the other Superman movies in the series, but it is still good. I also used to say that Mark Pillow was horrible as Nuclear Man because of how corny he was. I was wrong. He is good as Nuclear Man because the way he is you would think you were reading a comic. Christopher Reeve of course is great as Superman and I enjoyed the acting of his co-stars. I complained about the special effects, but I read about how much trouble the filmmakers went through to get this movie finished. One thing though that still stands as something I dislike is one, the mistake in the end of having Nuclear Man fly Lacey Warfield up into space and two, the fight on the moon. There are some good moments in the moon fight, but Superman acts like a wimp in some parts and doesn't know how to fight. He stomps on Nuclear Man's foot, he takes Nuclear Man's head and brings it into his knee and he tries to kick(tap) Nuclear Man and it results in Nuclear Man throwing him. But one last thing about the scene that I love is how Superman walks over to the American flag and stands it back up. Great stuff. There are only plot holes in the movie because a lot of it was cut because of idiots in Orange County that didn't like it. Thanks to them we have a movie second rate to the original version. This could've been one of the best in the series. It is still very good though. If you want to collect Superman movies don't leave this one out.
The final adventure of Superman is by far his worst. Granted Superman III
isn't much better, but at least it was not as contrived as this one.
First of all, let's look at the good parts of this movie, it is a short list. Christopher Reeve came up with an excellent story for this film and it reflected the times that the world was facing. Riding the world of nuclear weapons was a good start, a nice foundation to build on; unfortunately there was not enough money to finish the film and it was released unfinished.
The other nice things about this film are the return of Lex Luthor,and the return to seriousness in the film series. One can only wonder how this movie would have turned out had all the necessary funding been there.
The special effects are just plain horrible, and the audience winces as Superman makes his 'dramatic entrance' by saving a space capsule from spinning into the Earth's atmosphere and rescuing a man falling into space. Everytime Reeve is in flight, the animated Superman is obvious to everyone, and it is sad to see this; for the audience no longer believes a man can fly, but that a cartoon can instead.
So many scenes are deleted from this movie that it is confusing to understand just how certain key elements of the film are executed, or worse yet, why!
The only scene which holds interest for a little while is the climatic battle between Superman and Nuclear Man, at best the scene gets a mediocre.
So far this has been the final entry of the Superman series, and although the film is exceptionally weak. Christopher Reeve once again sparkles as the Man of Steel. He always gave an excellent performance as Superman even when the movies where sub-par, and that speaks plenty.
At least the ending to this movie is done well with Superman flying out of the Earth and smiling at us as he flies off into space, protecting the world; that alone will always inspire some kind of hope to people.
Not even Ed Wood himself could have made a more amateuristic film than what Superman 4 turned out to be. Worst bluescreen effects ever: superman just seems like a blueish/greenish/reddish cardboard cutout sliding over the screen sideways much like the Terry Gilliam cutouts from Monty Python but here it's not meant to be funny (I think). Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor is nothing more then a clownesque nobody assisted by his 'slick' greaser highschool nephew. Superman's nemesis 'Nuclear Man' -created from superman's DNA- turns out to be a 80s hair-metal Neanderthal in spandex who's lines of dialogue consist mainly of 'Arrrghh'. Compared to modern day superman this one looks like a pyjama wearing nerd with his over-sized red underwear on the outside with matching plastic boots. I'm sure he wouldn't draw any attention in a gay bar. They always say films are made in the cutting room but here the editor must have shaken his head and thought there was nothing to be saved. Don't get me started on the plot: christopher reeve co-wrote the story...probably when he was high on LSD or something. (Spoiler) At a certain point in the film superman gets rid of all the nukes in the world by plucking them out of the sky, gathering them in a giant ball and swinging them into the sun. Also people can breathe in space. This film is just a disaster of epic proportions and you really have to see it to believe it. I'm sure this is used in Film Schools around the world as reference material on how NOT to make a film.
SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE
OK... so everyone knows that this is the worst Superman movie ever made... but if you have not seen it in a while, you should watch it.
It is still pretty rubbish, but it is not as bad as I remember.
The story is not that bad... Superman rids planet Earth of all the nuclear weapons, and in doing so unknowingly creates a super villain named Nuclear Man thanks to arch rival Lex Luthor.
The movie does star all the original cast, which surprised me. I knew Christopher Reeve was in it... and after reading his autobiography now know why. He said in the book that he only made it because the film studio wanted to make it and they said to him that they would only finance another movie he wanted to make if he made Superman IV. I will quote what he said in his book... "The less said about Superman IV the better."
Gene Hackman returns as Lex Luthor & Margot Kidder is back as Lois Lane. They all did good jobs as always, although Margot was a bit unsure in places. The other supporting cast were not great. Mariel Hemingway played the new boss of the Daily Planet. She was awful... not a great actress in this I'm afraid. But she was not the worst. Mark Pillow played Nuclear Man. Absolutely terrible. His acting was definitely the worst of the whole quadrilogy.
The effects in this film were so bad. You could see that the budget of this film was so much less than the other 3 movies made. Superman flying was so bad that Flash Gordon was more convincing... and speaking of Flash Gordon... Nuclear Man looked like him... but more camp! Nuclear Mans outfit was embarrassing... it was not much of a super villains outfit. It honestly was just a bad character through and through.
There are also some really bad scenes... there was a scene where a large chuck of the Great Wall of China gets destroyed and Superman fixes it just by looking at it and using some dodgy blue eye lasers. What the hell? Terrible. Also, there is a scene where Nuclear Man kidnaps a Lacy and takes her into space... WHAT? He drags her to space and not only does she not scream or even say anything, but she can breathe fine in space... erm... really? I know Superman was never meant to be realistic, but that is too much!
When I was a kid I was a big fan of the Superman movies... but I think my parents protected me from this disappointment, because I don't remember this film at all... I didn't see this film until I was an adult. Haha. Thanks Mum.
I will give this film 5 out of 10.
It's a shame about this film... it was a very disappointing ending to Christopher Reeves Superman career. But no matter what he will always be a legend.
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Let me see, it wasn't horrible. It's better than Richard Pryor's so
silly routine that was called (Superman III 1983), being more
intense, less ridiculous and not boring. But the thing is unnatural
matters, especially at the third act, interrupted and somewhat ruled.
First you must know that before making it the first 3 movie's producer Ilya Salkind sold the Superman franchise to Golan & Globus of Cannon Films. Cannon Films was having many financial disasters back then, involving in something like 30 projects in the same time (!!). So the $36 million dollars budget had been cut down to $17 million, the already shot 134 minutes to 90 minutes, and Superman movie to not super !
Although the story was promising, but some naive points were more than noticeable : Superman declares his real character "again" to Lois Lane, then flies with her "again" over the city, then makes her forget all about it "AGAIN !" after! So what was the point??. How Lex Luthor knew the place of Superman to send him a sonic AND visual message ?! or does he know about the lead's alter-ego ?! A human girl who can go into outer space unharmed, with no science fiction to explain how she didn't die out of the lack of Oxygen. *Suddenly* all the world's nations without exception abandon their entire Nuclear warheads (America did ?? Now that's a wild science fiction !). Then look at this equation; put together Superman's genetics + Lex Luthor + nuclear missile + the sun = an evil super MAN (????).
Side matters bothered too : like how the directing handled the battles artlessly. How (Mark Pillow) as Nuclear Man acted like a porn star in low grade Italian gladiators movie (with even the dubbed voice as well !). How (Jon Cryer) was wasted. And How ugly (Mariel Hemingway) and her legs looked !
The collapse of Cannon Films was felt in the movie like it was out of it. The special effects went back in time to the old cheap B-movies and the worst, most primitive, TV shows. We can see the wires so visible over Superman's shoulders carrying him on the fake moon. Now the man of steel can rebuilt the Great Wall of China by only his eyes, or rescue some flying victims by just gazing at them !! Saying that that were "new super powers" is nothing but "the stowaway's excuses"!. In fact, knowing that it's the budget's problems more than any creative writing makes me laugh bitterly.
Then the highest infamous matter. (Superman IV : The Quest For Peace 1987) has what could make it an original example for an incomplete movie that has been boldly released internationally though. At one point the lead gets real sick, then at another he becomes so healthy??. Nuclear man sees a photo of Lacey, the new editor-in-chief's daughter, to be madly deeply desperately in love with her?? However nothing can outmatch what I see as the ultimate random scene ever made in which Nuclear man screams in the street asking the suddenly healthy Superman : "WHERE IS THE WOMAN?!", and the last answers him knowing what woman he was asking about ???? No, it's not a flaw from the projector's worker. No, it's not the censor. It is Cannon Films getting poorer and poorer. Nevertheless, that produced one of the most purely surreal moments in film history !
This is the forth in the series. The third best for me after the first 2. And number 1 whenever I recall a Hollywood so glaringly incomplete movie !
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I remember when I first heard about "Superman 4" being produced, and
the names Golan/Globus were uttered. My first thought: The guys who do
the Chuck Norris movies? And, second: It's going to be bad! When my
roommate and I went to see "S4" the week it came out, my thoughts
unfortunately came true. From the glittery opening credits (glitter?),
to (spolier alert!) Lex Luthor bring put back into his prison rock
quarry (I didn't know they still had those), "Superman 4: The Quest For
Peace" is simply a well-intentioned idea executed badly. Christopher
Reeve's basic idea was a good one, but Cannon simply dropped the ball
due to greed (using not only the original budget, but even MORE money
given to them by Warner Bros., to shore up other failures, including
"He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe") and incompetence. Margot
Kidder looks pale, with EXTREMELY mascaraed eyes, but she does manage
to convey her love for Superman. Mariel Hemmingway had nothing to work
with as Lacy Warfield, but she serves her purpose of being pretty
(despite the odd costume designs that she, and everyone else, sports).
Gene Hackman is sleep-acting through his role, but he still manages to
make Lex snidely evil. The less said about Jon Cryer's performance, the
better ("The Dude of Steel? Boy, are you gonna get it!") As for Mark
Pillow? You can't fault him too much- it was his first film, and he was
picked to be the sex-appeal villain (plus, his cheesy costume does him
no favors.) His lines mainly consist of mouthing roars that are
post-dubbed by Gene Hackman. Chris Reeve is still Superman, and his
performance is his usual best. The effects are amusingly bad- flying
strings abound unremoved, the models look like just what they
are-models- and some of them are just bizarre. Who knew Supes had a
spare mesh bag put away if she should just happen to gather all the
worlds' nuclear missiles and toss them into the sun? And, who knew the
Earth's countries had THAT many missiles? Who knew you could move the
moon out of its orbit without causing massive problems on Earth?
FINALLY, who knew you could breathe in space? Lacy Warfield has no
problems doing it while hanging onto the unconscious Nuclear Man! I
could go on, but if you're reading this you've most likely seen "S4",
and understand about the effects completely. As bad as this film is,
though, I find myself watching it again and again, maybe hoping that a
Happy Film Fairy worked their magic and changed the film, making it
better. Reeve and Kidder (as well as the rest of the film series' cast)
do their best with what they have to work with. Once Chris Reeve had
his accident and ended up in a wheelchair, my heart sank knowing he'd
never be able to do another Superman film, and possibly end the series
on a higher note than "S4" did. But, "Superman 4" is what it is, and
(Spolier alert?) the Deluxe Edition DVD offers a bunch of deleted
scenes(with stock music and unfinished effects)that show what "S4"
could have been if the premiere screening hadn't been so negative as to
cause massive re-editing. The film would've made a lot more sense in
certain parts, and (in my opinion), a lot more fun. "S4" is bad, yes,
but not repulsively so. Just to be able to see Chris Reeve and Lois
Lane fly around the world again (albeit badly!) makes "Superman 4: The
Quest For Peace" worth another viewing. It''d be nice to see the
complete cut used for the aforementioned secret screening, but until
that happens, we have this version. Which, for entertainment and
nostalgia, is alright. Chris Reeve's heart was in the right place, but
Cannon Films' heart was not. A shame.
P.S.: If you can find a copy of the"International Version" somehow (I recorded it on VHS from Superstation TBS several years ago), you'll see two scenes featured in the DVD Deleted Scenes section, but fully integrated into the film (full music and effects): Superman saves a little girl (actually, Chris Reeve's young daughter) from a tornado in what looks like Kansas (or possibly, Smallville): and, Superman saves Russian politicians from a nuclearmissle that Nuclear Man aims at them.
It's very, very sad that Superman IV: the quest for peace ended
abruptly its franchise, because the idea of nuclear disarmament was a
very good topic to discuss at the end of Cold war. With a severed
budget, uninspired dialogs, plot inconsistencies, dull special FX
(especially when Superman is suspended by thin wires on the moon and
when Lacy Warfield is in space without a breathing apparatus) and a
ridiculous and laughably villain, how a Superman movie can be enjoyable
? As far as I'm concerned none of these problems can resolve its own.
The film is so much different from the previous installments, and I felt a little alienated and lost while watching it. However I liked some moments, the best ones were with the campy Nuclear Man who shouted more than he spoke (he looks more like an extravagant wrestler than a clone of Superman) The final line was very prophetic while being ironic, and I'm glad that Superman returns is far more better than this monumental farce...
I have just watched the 89 minute cut of superman 4 and i've asked
myself is this a stinker of a film or not and my answer to that is no i
don't think it is.
Why you ask when most of the world thinks it is well i shall tell you.
Well it's world renowned that cannon were cheapskates and the budget was only 10 million on this film but that aside what Sidney j furie did with this film was i think a much better film than superman 3.
I liked the story the acting i think was on par with the other films and i enjoyed the action scene's especially the fight around the world with the nuclear man and it kept me entertained however there are bad points about this film as much as it kept me entertained which included Lenny who was as about as much use in this film as a chocolate tea pot and "THE NUCLEAR MAN" what purpose does he serve in this film he is that bad that Gene Hackman has to voice him so i can only imagine Marc pillow was more wooden than a park bench and also when superman and nuclear man are fighting in space it's so obvious that they are on a blacked out stage.
What really bothers me about this film is that somebody out there has the full 143 minute version and i think this is the problem with superman 4 the general public have seen a watered down version which in some places this film makes no sense where as the full version that was laughed at by critics in an advanced screening would make more sense than this version we have to put up with and lets face it the real critics are real movie fans who do not get paid for there views unlike these posh art house lovers who would dissect care bears the movie if they had the chance.
In closing i would like to say two things about this movie (1) This film is voted one of the worst films of all time because we have a watered down version that makes no sense in places.
(2)Warner brothers or cannon whoever has the rights to the full uncut version do the decent thing and give us the general public and superman lovers across the world the the right to view superman 4 the quest for peace in it's full uncut glory if not for us then let's have Christopher reeve doing what he does best in these films and entertaining us and believing that a man can really fly
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Is Superman IV as bad as you've heard? Probably. It is pretty bad, but
in my opinion, it could have been FAR worse. The performances are
decent, aside from Nuclear Man. Christopher Reeve goes above and beyond
yet again, despite a mediocre script. The plot is fairly decent, with
the exception of Nuclear Man. Good sweet Jesus, this has got to be one
of the worst villains in comic book movie history, and by far the worst
Superman villain. He does a hell of a job of eerily sucking the hope
out of any scene he's in. Superman III, while bad as well, is better
than this. This is easily the worst Superman movie (And one of the
worst comic book/superhero movies as a whole), and I don't understand
how people can say Superman Returns is worse than this, or even compare
the two. The plot holes are impossible to ignore. For example, how in
the hell is Lacy Warfield breathing in space? Sorry, but I can't
suspend my disbelief that much.
Getting back to the title of my review, it could have been worse. The performances could have been worse, the CGI could have looked even more fake, and the plot could have stunk even more. So keep that in mind.
It's no surprise at all that it took 19 years for Superman to reappear on the big screen. 3/10.
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