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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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Sidney J. Furie

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Mark Pillow ... Nuclear Man
Mariel Hemingway ... Lacy Warfield
Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane
Damian McLawhorn 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
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian | French | Italian

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superman IV See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,683,122, 26 July 1987

Gross USA:

$15,681,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,681,020
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1987) | (pre-release cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Reeve agreed to play Superman for the fourth time if the studio financed his project, Street Smart (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Superman and Nuclear Man are at the base of the Statue of Liberty, distortions are clearly visible around both of them, the result of attempts to hide their flying wires. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Alternate Versions

Many of the scenes that were cut include:
  • Clark visits his adopted parent's grave.
  • Superman is seen flying to Jeremy's school with the letter in hand.
  • Superman visit's Jeremy's classroom. Superman tells Jeremy and his classmates "I can't interfere, but I will pass your concerns on to the world's leaders."
  • Lex Luthor creating the protoplasm that will make the Nuclear Man - Mark One. The shot is of Gene Hackman by himself in his laboratory pulling (or placing) the protoplasm from (onto?) his engineering chamber.
  • Out of the oven pops Nuclear Man One, Lex looks at him and says "I'm smarter than I thought!" Lex Luthor, dressed in surgical garb, looks up and says about his creation of the first Nuclear Man, hey then test Nuclear Man's powers. Lex gives him an iron bar and he breaks it. Then he shoots him with a machine gun and the bullets bounce off. Then he commands him to fly. Nuclear Man jumps up and hits himself against the ceiling. Lex tells him to kill Superman, but they decide that maybe he should be tested out first. He gets the paper and reads about the opening of the Metroclub.
  • Clark and Lacy do go on a date at the Metro club.
  • Nuclear Man One shows up and strong arms his way into the club. He sees Lacy and falls in love with her on the spot. But another woman drags him away and starts to hit on him. He glows and burns her hand as she tries to unbutton his shirt. She screams and the sound carries to Clark's ear. He hears it and turns into Superman.
  • Superman fights Nuclear Man One outside the Metro Club.
  • Nuclear Man One fails and is sent down the sewer. Lenny is the one who scooped up the remains of the first Nuclear Man. He was thrown into a transformer and reduced to a pile of ooze which can be seen in the scene when Lenny says "we're going to be parents!"
  • Suddenly Superman shows up and leads everyone into UN--Missile speech Collecting the missiles Two short, but important scenes showing Pentagon people tracking Russian missiles destroyed and Kremlin people tracking US missiles destroyed. Each side agrees this is not a trick the other side is trying to pull.
  • Short sequence where Nuclear Man doubles in size when Superman meets him.
  • When the Nuclear Man kidnaps Lacy from the Daily Planet (after he sees her picture on the paper), he brings her back to Luthor's hideout, where he says that he will be king and Lacey will become Queen. She slaps the Nuclear Man.
  • Nuclear Man 2 then transforms himself, increases his size and stands in a missile and flies off.
  • Luthor realizes that this ploy will cause war because the suspicious US and Russian sides will each think that the other side is trying to pull a fast one and everyone is going to die, leaving Nuclear Man to rule with Lacy. They hurry off but right as Luthor and Lenny go to their underground cavern, Superman shows up and confronts them but there is no time to deal with Luthor, so he and Lacy fly off.
  • Lacy Warfield leaves the Planet, and Clark gives her Levon Hornsby's card so she can buy Kent's farm. She says to Clark if she was not the stuck up brat when they met maybe things would be different. They both laugh and Clark walks up to Lois and Jimmy.
  • Superman flies to a High School football game to collect Jeremy to fly with him. Superman flies Jeremy round the earth to tell the world what its like to see the earth from Superman's point of view (no boundaries between countries all one world)then returns Jeremy home.
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Soundtracks

Come Uppance/Lifted/Quarried/Flying With Jeremy/End Credits
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Composed by Alexander Courage
Original Material Composed by John Williams
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An improvement over Superman 3
9 August 2001 | by SG-BSee all my reviews

"Superman IV: The Quest For Peace" is a definite improvement over the embarassing "Superman 3".

The cast give sincere performances despite the film's flaws with Christopher Reeve handing in another great performance as Clark Kent/Superman.

"Superman 4" is a flawed film, most notably the special effects and the bad editing, as well as the cut scenes, but I like the film.

Alexander Courage's adaptation of John Williams' music is lovely and is certainly much better than Ken Thorne's version in "Superman 2". It's a shame there's no Superman 4 soundtrack available to purchase.

"Superman 4: The Quest For Peace" is a decent film, and one I certainly don't mind watching.


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