Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Continuity mistake: One of the general shots in the subway shows Superman flying slower than usual and inches away from the bystanders. The problem is that their coats and hair don't flutter nor do they notice him passing by or seem nervous in any way. However, the next close shot of their faces show them nervous and in awe at the action.

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Continuity mistake: On the moon, nuclear Man grabs a rock with a huge hole underneath and holds it over his head. The angle changes and the rock has changed to a different one with a solid bottom.

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Continuity mistake: While Nuclear Man is destroying Metropolis, two police cars get moved backwards. The first shot of the cars moving show a lot of people by a shop window. The angle changes to a close shot, with no people there, then back to the previous wide angle, now with the cars moving backwards, and the bunch of people reappear.

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Revealing mistake: Outside the UN, a woman in a red coat appears behind the hot dog stand and when the angle changes to the opposite side, in front of her, she's also there.

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Continuity mistake: When the Soviets are about to launch the missile in the snowy field, there are two soldiers on the right and a third with a black hat running away. A second later there are three soldiers plus the one with the black hat who's now there.

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Continuity mistake: Before the firemen arrive at the truck, there's a lot of smoke around, but half a second later it's all gone.

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Continuity mistake: Before Lacy opens the red car's door at the UN, a lot of people walk towards her and stand inches away. A second later they've vanished.

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Continuity mistake: While Nuclear Man moves the 2 police cars backwards, the first shot shows the car on the right ahead of the other. A frame later, in a new angle, it is way behind the other car.

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Plot hole: When Nuclear Man isn't receiving daylight he "dies", yet when he dives into the volcano he manages to come out as if nothing happened.

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Continuity mistake: When Lois is walking towards the subway carriage there's a cop controlling the passers by. When Clark walks by two seconds later the cop is gone. The train starts to move and we get a panoramic view of the station and, yes, the cop has definitely vanished.

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Continuity mistake: When Luthor explains his plan to the three baddies the champagne bottle swaps between pointing at him or away. The glass next to the ice cube also moves nearer/further in different shots.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When the satellite hits the spaceship, the shots from inside show the spaceship turning around clockwise, yet in the outside shots it is moving randomly: up and down, clockwise and anti clockwise.

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Other mistake: The subway carriage stops by the Statue of Liberty ad, however, the one reflected on the cabin's glass is a VW ad.

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Lex Luthor: Lenny, I've always considered you the Dutch Elm disease in my family tree.

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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: I read that, according to Margot Kidder, when working on this movie, Christopher Reeve and Sidney J. Furie didn't get along at all. Is this true? If it is true, then what was the reason behind their feud in the first place?

Answer: There appears to be multiple reasons. They had creative differences, ultimately resulting in a poorly received movie. Kidder said Reeves, who co-wrote the story, had an inflated ego and clashed with Furie.

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