Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Continuity mistake: When Superman saves the falling woman at the Great Wall, he flies in a 1 o'clock direction. A frame later he is positioned in a 12 0'clock.

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Continuity mistake: When Superman stops the Soviet spaceship from turning around the solar panel is facing upwards, a second later the spaceship has changed position and the panel is sideways.

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Continuity mistake: When Superman lands near the UN, Lois and Jimmy disappear from the crowd, only to appear half a second later, in the closer angle.

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Continuity mistake: The Soviet missile has legible CCCP red letters, but in the following shot it's covered in snow, although the close-ups don't show any snow falling.

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Continuity mistake: Outside the UN, the hot dog in the kid's hand suddenly disappears.

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Continuity mistake: Superman is on the moon, about to cause the sun eclipse, and flies to the left, as if he were to exit the moon. In the next shot Superman is seen coming from the void towards the moon again.

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Continuity mistake: When Lois is packing Superman's cape and Lacy says "I had nothing to do with it", there's no continuity with the passers-by seen behind. A kid in a red t-shirt, for example, appears from nowhere.

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Continuity mistake: When Superman saves the girl from the Great Wall of China and starts rising, a woman with a white hat behind lifts her arm to say goodbye. In the following angle she is repeating the movement.

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Continuity mistake: Before nuclear Man lands in the city, there's barely any smoke. A split second later, the close shot is completely filled with smoke. Then it disappears when we see the old lady with the yellow bag, and reappears when we go back to Nuclear Man.

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Continuity mistake: While Superman is in awe reading the "Drop dead" headline, there's a group of journalists on the background and an empty chair on the right. When Clark stands up, a man appears seated on the chair.

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Continuity mistake: After Nuclear Man lands on Metropolis a black man in a grey suit keeps moving from a white pole to a parking sign between each shot.

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Continuity mistake: In order to stop the eruption, Superman flies towards a mountain. Watch the central part of it and you'll notice that the wide and close shots are of completely different mountains. The volcano also swaps from having smoke to exploding between frames.

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Continuity mistake: Clark runs towards the subway train and stops. Then from a different angle he is several meters behind, running and stopping again.

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Continuity mistake: The smoke coming out of the volcano changes direction in a split second after nuclear Man enters the crater.

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Continuity mistake: In the quarry, Lenny parks his car to the very right of two wagons. Seconds later the car is in front of them.

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Continuity mistake: When Superman is rebuilding the Great Wall all of the people near the hole vanish.

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Continuity mistake: When nuclear Man makes the engine of the taxi explode, there's a guy with a red jacket behind it that appears and disappears between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Swat agents hide behind the van and start to shoot. A second later they've all vanished.

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Continuity mistake: Superman walks towards the UN and there are benches in front of him. In the next wide angle they've disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: When the train driver passes out, several (speeded-up) shots of the tunnel and the shots of the bystanders on the platform show that the train is moving really fast, but in between there's a shot of Lois at normal speed, and the lights of the tunnel seen through the windows show that the train speed is quite low.

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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.

More mistakes in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Superman: You'd risk world wide nuclear war for your own personal financial gain.
Lex Luthor: Nobody wants war. I just want to keep the threat alive.

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Trivia: 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).

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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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