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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.


Sidney J. Furie


Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 5 more credits »
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Bottom Rated Movies #73 | 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


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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English | Russian | French | Italian

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superman IV See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


| (1987) | (pre-release cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was both a critical and commercial failure, with many reviewers criticizing the cheap visual effects, inconsistencies, lack of originality, and plot holes. See more »


When Nuclear Man blows up around the street, an exploding fire hydrant is clearly made of foam. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

A whole sequence detailing Lex Luthor's creation and Superman's defeat of a prototype nuclear man was shot but never used. However, pictures from the scenes show up in publicity materials for the movie and it's detailed in the comic book adaption. Also shot but not used is a scene when Superman personally apologizes to the boy when he decides he can't rid the world of nuclear weapons. See more »


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great movie
10 June 2001 | by jasonkiller25See all my reviews

the most hated sequel in the superman saga is one of my favorites.i loved this movie from start to end with amazing acting and special effects.the story is exicellent(superman getting rid of nuclear weapons/lux luther creates a nuclear man to destroy superman) and so is the comic book style setting.gene hackman (luthor) and chris reeves(superman)give outstanding acting and so does margot kidder as lois lane.john cryer gives a goofy performace as luthors idiot nephew lenny.you also got those good special effects(they dont suck to me) and a comic book movie that kids will love.so sit down and watch the 90 minute special effects charged movie that gives chris reeves final performace as superman.on a scale from 1-10 i give it a 10!!!!!

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