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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Revealing mistake: When dying and balding Clark grabs the green glass, the border of his wig noticeably protrudes all around his face.

Continuity mistake: When Lois visits sick Clark she stands by the door, fully lit, a frame later, when the angle changes, the whole place is in the shadows.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman discovers that Nuclear Man is stealing the Statue of Liberty, he turns around and you can see the wrinkles on his temple from the wig he was using.

Continuity mistake: When Superman first meets Mr Warfield, the orange pencil on the table changes positions between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Superman stops the train there are two thick black tubes next to the tunnel behind which disappear when he leaves.

Audio problem: When Lex enters the military bunker, officer Goram's voice is obviously dubbed and sometimes the audio doesn't match his lips.

Continuity mistake: The white box that Lex attaches to the missile, containing Nuclear Man's 'ingredients', appears and disappears between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Nuclear Man is born, both hands are clenched. He opens and extends the right one first, then the left. A frame later the right hand is slightly clenched again.

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Revealing mistake: Right after Lex, disguised as a soldier, orders the launching of the missile, there's a shot of the truck carrying it. The driver is a bad mannequin that looks very much like a scarecrow.

Factual error: Superman places the nuclear missiles in the giant disposable bag in space, throws them at the sun, and the bag burns up when it hits the sun. In reality, the bag would have burned up long before hitting the sun.

Continuity mistake: The Daily Planet Building lobby is a completely different one between the scenes where Nuclear Man destroys Metropolis and the one where Warfield is fired.

Revealing mistake: After the power plant 'swallows' Nuclear Man, the needle meters have the word AUTODIESEL UXBRIDGE written inside. Uxbridge is the British city where the scene was shot, therefore not the fictional Metropolis.

Continuity mistake: When Superman throws Nuclear Man down the power plant, Nuclear's black wristbands disappear and reappear between shots.

Visible crew/equipment: Obvious stunt double for Christopher Reeve when lifting the lady to the China Wall; note his thick sideburns, big forehead and skinny build.

Continuity mistake: When Superman catches the falling girl by the Big Wall, his hair is pointed upwards, obviously due to a big amount of hair fix to simulate a moving hair. A frame, later, from another angle, the hairstyle is different, no sign of the hair fix.

Revealing mistake: When Superman meets Nuclear Man at the terrace, the blue-screen surrounding the set is reflected on the windows.

Plot hole: Nuclear Man makes his appearance at Lex's house, walks a couple meters and faints "because of lack of sun" according to Lex. This idiotic, the place is surrounded by windows and there are beams of light everywhere.

Factual error: The baseball batted by Superman should've burst after going through the atmosphere, instead of just flying around as it does in the movie.

Continuity mistake: When Superman misses hitting the baseball, the ball's position on the floor changes between shots.

Revealing mistake: When Superman returns the cosmonaut back in the spaceship, Superman's head becomes transparent, and the cosmonaut's helmet becomes wobbly, all because of the use of blue-screen.

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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).