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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Factual error: When the villain takes the reporter into space (the earth is just a circle off in the distance), then weakens and lets go of her, not only does she start to fall, she starts to fall straight down and has to hang onto him. (Oddly enough, HE's NOT falling). Did somebody inject gravity into mid-space?

Continuity mistake: When Superman is giving his speech outside the Daily Planet, the background is a clear blue sky. In every other shot of Superman, the sky has gone all cloudy.

Revealing mistake: After Nuclear Man destroys the cab's hood, the shot changes and there's a thick string running behind him all along the car, and the cab driver is stretching out to pull it. Probably he was activating some sort of bad FX.

Continuity mistake: When Lacy is in outer space grabbed by Nuclear Man, she slides down dramatically and grabs on his wrist. Half a second later, the sliding effect is gone and she is now floating relaxed, grabbing the upper part of his arm.

Continuity mistake: When Nuclear Man buries Superman, there's a huge rock near the hole. When Superman comes out, the rock has disappeared.

Continuity mistake: In the barn, Superman puts a glowing crystal inside a pocket. A frame later it disappears.

Continuity mistake: While the lava flows on the Italian village, a wooden cart with hay on the left suddenly becomes a red car.

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Continuity mistake: Clark enters the barn to fiddle with his green crystal. When he exits, a huge amount of stuff from his childhood has magically appeared around the place.

Continuity mistake: When Nuclear Man arrives on Earth, he enters a shady place which makes him loose his power and cools his body, producing some frozen-like smoke. The next two times that he enters a dark place (inside the elevator and in space) he doesn't produce the smoke. FX budget problems here?

Continuity mistake: When the satellite knocks the Russian cosmonaut, they are both dragged into space, but the immediate wide angle shows him alone in the void, no sign of the huge satellite.

Continuity mistake: Lex's fat assistant enters the place with the missiles' control panels. Outside he is seen entering through an open door. From the inside, the door is closed and he enters a second later.

Continuity mistake: When the truck is carrying the missile, the officers parading in front of it pass by the same place twice.

Continuity mistake: When Superman lands Lex on the quarry, the standing position of the prisoner behind differs between shots.

Continuity mistake: Before Superman enters the UN hall, the amount of people by the staircase changes between shots.

Continuity mistake: While Superman walks to UN, the way Jimmy holds his camera changes in a split second.

Continuity mistake: While Superman walks with the kid to the UN, the sky changes from sunny to cloudy in a nano-second.

Continuity mistake: Before Clark steps down off the trolley, a group of people surrounded by suitcases are seen on the back, but disappear when the angle changes.

Revealing mistake: When the net full of nuclear missiles is thrown into the sun, the footage of the explosion is exactly the same as the explosion of the single rocket with the DNA of Nuclear Man attached.

Continuity mistake: While the people in the village are watching the lava flow down the streets, the first shot shows them to the right of a wooden door. A frame later they are positioned several feet further, close to a big green plant.

Continuity mistake: During the volcano eruption scene, an old man with a black hat on the right appears and disappears depending if the shot is a close-up or a wide shot. This even happens when the shot changes follow one another immediately.

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Near the end of the film, Superman gives a press conference in front of a bluish mirror-glass building which is meant to be the Daily Planet skyscraper in Metropolis (which we all know is New York, sort of). The shot is framed so you can only see the bottom of the building - necessary as it is only about 3 floors high, and is in fact the railway station in Milton keynes, England, about 400 yards from where I work. Even the crowd have a vaguely British look about them - presumably passers-by were recruited and stood there in their own clothes (this would matter less now - Brits look more American than they did in the Eighties).