Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
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Continuity mistake: Nuclear Man dents the floor with his footsteps, but in a wider angle the floor is intact.

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Continuity mistake: When Nuclear Man arrives on Earth, he enters a shady place which makes him lose 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.

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Continuity mistake: Two firemen are seen away from their truck, but when the angle changes six firemen have appeared seemingly from nowhere.

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Continuity mistake: The shape and size of the volcano is totally different between the moment when Nuclear Man enters it, to when it erupts.

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Continuity mistake: After Superman straightens the US flag, a brief shot shows he is on a plain ground, but when he is knocked down by Nuclear Man, a big mount appears in front of him.

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Continuity mistake: When Superman is walking with the kid towards the UN, they pass by a fire hydrant. In the immediate wide angle of the place the hydrant is gone, but reappears in the following shot a couple meters ahead of Superman.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: Mr. Warfield asks the little boy to repeat "I wish Superman had said yes" and places his hand on the kid's shoulder. The shot changes inmediately to a close-up and the arm and hand are gone.

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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.

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

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Continuity mistake: When in the subway, Superman is standing by a 6 foot poster of the Statue of Liberty. When the shot changes to a flying Superman, he is a third of his size and the poster is huge.

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Continuity mistake: Behind where Nuclear Man lands there's no school bus on the wide shot, which is a matte painting, but a frame later one appears and stays there for the rest of the scene.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: The close shot of the Great Wall exploding shows an edgy architecture, with straight lines. The wide shots show a curvy construction.

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Continuity mistake: After Superman lets go of the elevator on the surface of the moon, the cables fall down with the elevator, but in the close-up the cables are up and fall down again.

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Continuity mistake: A couple walks behind the hot dog stand in the same direction twice in less than half a second.

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

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Continuity mistake: Luthor holds a sealed champagne bottle with both hands on the neck of it. He doesn't move them, nor his shoulders, nor do we hear any sound revealing that the bottle's being opened. However, when Luthor leaves, the bottle's seal appears opened and 20 centimeters away when the scene ends.

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

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

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Visible crew/equipment: When Superman and the super villain are fighting on the moon, when Superman flies in and lands at the beginning of the fight, you can see the cables that are suspending him.

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Trivia: Christopher Reeve said in his autobiography that he much preferred Richard Donner's approach rather than Sidney J. Furie's. He mentioned that if Donner had done the scene with Superman walking up to the big UN building, he would have shot on location of where that building in real life is, choreographed thousands of extras, had cars driving by on the street and cut to real shots of people gawking out of office windows. Instead, Furie shot at an industrial park in London with a giant matte painting, only a few extras, no buildings or cars and a couple of pigeons for added effect.

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Question: Why does Superman drop Nuclear Man into a nuclear reactor? Surely this could risk a meltdown due to the sun's energy that created Nuclear Man.

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Answer: The real world answer is poor storytelling. In the film, he's trying to find a way to destroy Nuclear Man, who is genetically the same as himself.

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