Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 1987 PG CC

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The Man of Steel is faced with his most important and toughest mission ever -- to rid the world of all nuclear armaments.

Starring:
Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Kids & Family
Director Sidney J. Furie
Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
Supporting actors Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Jon Cryer, Sam Wanamaker, Mark Pillow, Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder, Damian McLawhorn, William Hootkins, Jim Broadbent, Stanley Lebor, Don Fellows, Robert Beatty, Bradley Lavelle, Mac McDonald, Czeslaw Grocholski, Steve Plytas, John Hollis
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The special effects weren't as good as in the other Superman movies.
Charles Johnson
Humans breathing in space and Superman moving the moon out of orbit to fight nuclear man are just a couple examples of how childish this film gets.
Mike
One of the movie's big flaws is its attempt to imitate the original film's charm, which it fails to do.
Tom Benton

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68 of 81 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I know most of you do not like this movie ,I can not change that,I just turned 10 I have watched this movie at least 4 times all my friends Zev, Andrew ,Vik , and Billy love this movie and is it not us the children, who this movie was made for ?Sure discount it for your so called "cheesy" special effects but the kids really do not care .This movie has a comic book storyline a good one to be exact,and Christopher Reeve , Margot Kidder, Mark Pillow, Jon Cryer and Gene Hackman are a great cast , although you may not think my opinion counts I hope it does to some of you...
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The movie originally ran for 134 min. to a test audience in Southern California.Due to a lack of improvement,it was butchered down to a mere 89 min.Scenes were cut like Superman destroying a Nuclearman prototype and Superman responding to Jeremy s letter. This rare 134 min. version was once on the now defunct TV channel SFM Holiday Network in 1989.This version will tie up some loose ends and fill the plot holes.Hopefully,it will be re-release on VHS and DVD.
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8 of 9 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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