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  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Jon Cryer
  • Directors: Sidney J. Furie
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian, Russian
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301008510
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I don't mind good "bad" movies, but this is just BAD bad.
He also creates Nuclear Man, a supervillain who gets his power from the sun, to kill Superman.
The special effects weren't as good as in the other Superman movies.
Charles Johnson

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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on December 10, 2001
Format: DVD
It's been many years since I saw the incredibly bad "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace." Years since I was tormented by the vision of Nuclear Man, by the lousy dialouge, amazed by the idea that anyone could find Mariel Hemmingway attractive enough to destroy a city over. Still, since I got the DVD boxed set, I wanted to get my money's worth, and that meant watching S:IV. And was it as bad as I remember?
Oh god, it was worse.
From the bad science (Superman pushes the moon from its orbit to create an eclipse, yet tides are unnaffected? And there's no sunrise on the moon, either! The dark side is always dark and the light side is always light!) to the extra powers (rebuilding the great wall vision, anyone?) to the bad plotting (Superman finds a power plant with an OPEN REACTOR to chuck Nuclear Man into?) to the inconsistent characterization (Superman brings back Lois' memories from Superman II long enough to unburden his soul, then wipes `em out again -- hardly behavior benefiting Earth's Greatest Hero), it was just a bad movie. Why Gene Hackman agreed to come back for this is beyond me.
This is not to say that everything about the movie was bad. There were, in fact, two scenes that I really liked, which save it from a failing grade. The very first scene is Clark back at the old Kent farm, refusing to sell it to some developer, holding out for a "real farmer," very in character, very sweet. And the final scene, where it is not Superman that saves the day but Perry White, was also good -- a great moment of heroism for a character really underused in the Superman movies.
Sadly, neither of these scenes are good enough to counteract the mountains of badness inbetween, which is why the film doesn't fail, but is still way the hell below average.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on October 6, 2005
Format: DVD
Superman has stopped robbers, robots, and terrorists, done battle with a trio of his own kind, defeated Lex Luthor twice, and even taken on himself in adventures past, but none of those heroic deeds has prepared him for his most intimidating foe, the Nuclear Arms Race! The year is 1987, and a failed world summit has the entire planet in a grip of fear, when a concerned teacher encourages her students to offer solutions to the terrifying predicament. Write your congressman? That'll never work. Write Superman? Now there's an idea! When a young boy's tear-jerking letter to Superman arrives at the Daily Planet in care of Lois Lane, new publisher (and daughter of the Planet's new owner) Lacy Warfield immediately sees it as a chance to increase the paper's waning sales! Soon, the whole world knows of the boy's request that Superman disarm the planet and make it safe from annihilation once again, and the whole world waits in eager anticipation for Superman's reply. The poor man of steel has enough trouble though, just balancing Lacy's advances on his alter-ego, Clark Kent, against his unclear relationship with co-worker Lois Lane. Superman contemplates the problem intensely, nonetheless, and eventually comes to that unavoidable decision: Superman will rid the world of nuclear arms! With the U.N. behind him all the way, Superman rounds up all the nuclear weapons on the planet, swings them around and around in a giant net, and hurls them into our life-giving sun! The world can breathe easy once again. Little does Superman know that his arch enemy, Lex Luthor, has escaped from prison with the help of his dimwitted nephew Lenny.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Butler on February 21, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
In fact, it deserves to be ridiculed on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". Of course, Superman and anyone who possesses his powers could go into outer space and do other extraordinary things, but 13 years after having first seen it, I still can't believe that Nuclear man was able to take the (human)Mariel Hemingway character into outer space with him. Not only did she not incinerate while escaping Earth's atmosphere, but she was able to breathe in outer space as well.
Guys, this movie was horrid. In fact, it makes the previous effort with Richard Pryor seem like great entertainment, and that's a shame as the first 2 films, particularly the second, were excellent. Many scenes (such as the ones involving the subway and Russian cosmonauts) have nothing to do with the film's plot, while others just don't make any sense. The film is full of movie flubs (just one example:when Superman is chasing Nuclear Man across the planet, it is daytime in America and China at the same time).This cartoonish movie can only appeal to the 7 and younger crowd. A disgraceful finale to what was once a great movie series. In fact, I seriously question the writing ability and education of the men who wrote it.
Where's General Zod when you need him?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MortensOrchid on August 24, 2005
Format: DVD
I tried to like this movie, I really did. I loved all the Superman movies, even the third with Richard Pryor and all that campy, silly, humor they added into it. But this was just so bad.

It's so hard to like this movie, they were playing on cliches and tired themes from the last three movies. Margo Kidder got older - and looked it! - and was obviously self medicating to compensate for the bad time they were having. Mariel Hemingway costars as the sexy manager who is actually the boss's daughter, who, for reasons we are never quite privy too, prefers Clark Kent over Superman despite his bumbling antics. And not like it wasn't obvious throughout the other movies, but ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME THAT THEY REALLY DIDN'T KNOW THAT CLARK KENT WAS SUPERMAN!?!?!?!? The man had an absolutely positively perfect body this side of Morten Harket and they DIDN'T KNOW?!?! Those thick glasses and dorky suits only hid so much!!!

Lex comes back with Nuclear Man, who looks like a rip off of that guy from Greatest American Hero with a relaxing job on his curls. Superman almost dies but is saved, miracle of miracles, by the last remaining crystal from the asteroid pod he came to earth on. Lois Lane has a rememberance of her love for Superman but conveniently forgets again with the magic kiss. And worst of them all, Superman didn't really save the day! He wanted to rid the earth of all nuclear weapons, and didn't! "Make Love Not War" didn't work in the hippie era, it didn't work in the Regan era, and it ain't happening today either! This laid a big fat goose egg and ended the series on a bad note. What a shame it was all down hill for Christopher Reeve after that, otherwise I think he would've had a much more rewarding career in films.
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Only really good to watch due to sexy Mariel Hemingway: film is inferior...
Hello. Sorry to disagree with you on Hemingway's part, but in my opinion, she was not that good-looking. However, I do agree with you that the film is almost horrifically pointless, if it was not for the fact that Gene Hackman has not lost any of his talent since his Lex Luthor of "SUPERMAN... Read More
Jan 13, 2009 by Henry-Clyde |  See all 2 posts
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