Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

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. 

superman4Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) escapes from prison and creates a powerful new enemy for Superman (Christopher Reeve) with a little help from one of his hairs, a nuclear missile – and the sun. An embarrassing sequel throughout, its tight budget resulting in awfully cheap-looking special effects and several scenes where they couldn’t afford to give us a money shot. The cast tries hard, and the story has laudable ambitions, but turns downright laughable, especially everything that has to do with Luthor’s Nuclear Man.

1987-U.S. 90 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Cast: Christopher Reeve (Clark Kent/Superman), Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor), Jackie Cooper (Perry White), Marc McClure, Jon Cryer, Sam Wanamaker… Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder, Jim Broadbent.

Trivia: Wes Craven was allegedly considered for directing duties.

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