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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

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The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

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... Superman / Clark Kent
... Lex Luthor / Nuclear Man (voice)
... Perry White
... Jimmy Olsen
... Lenny
... David Warfield
Mark Pillow ... Nuclear Man
... Lacy Warfield
... Lois Lane
Damian McLawhorn ... Jeremy
... Harry Howler
... Jean Pierre Dubois
... General Romoff
... Levon Hornsby
... U.S. President
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Superman does a lot in his newest adventure. Archvillain Lex Luthor, determined to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man. The two super-powered foes clash in an explosive screen extranvaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, repulse a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China and perform many more spetactular feats. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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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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24 July 1987 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,681,020
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film would be the last film in the series and the last "Superman" movie for 19 years. An unofficial 5th film Superman Returns (2006), which ignores "Superman III" and "Superman IV", was released in 2006, 2-years after the death of Christopher Reeve. Brandon Routh replaced Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent, Kate Bosworth took over the role of Lois Lane from Margot Kidder and Kevin Spacey succeeded Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene on the moon. One shot shows, what appears to be, the US flag torn/tattered. Two minutes later Superman re-stands the flag and it is now clean and fully intact. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Showreel: The Final Countdown (2013) See more »

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Original Material Composed by John Williams
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Well intentioned film...
8 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Superman 4 has good ideas and good performances, but was ruined when the director cut 40 minutes from the film before release. Among other things, the denouement in which Nuclear Man defies Luthor and turns himself into a nuclear missile in order to spark World War III. In order to see what the film should have been, I suggest one seek out the DC Comic Adaptation. This film, as Christopher Reeve's final performance as Superman deserves to be restored for DVD. The reason for Superman using powers he has never had, was the result of unfinished effects. The great wall of China scene should have been finished by adding Superman fixing the wall at super speed, and finished with Superman sealing it with heat vision.


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