Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the UN sequence, we see a brief outside shot of the real UN building, but the further shots of the fake building have none of the elements from the shot we just saw: Flags, white stone wall.

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Continuity mistake: When Superman is entering the UN, an Arab man greets him and turns his head around from right to left. In the following closer angle he repeats the movement.

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Continuity mistake: The SWAT people that are falling off the truck when it gets lifted disappear in the next angle where we see the pavement and a close up of the front of the truck.

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Continuity mistake: When the window shops explode, a taxi cab door is widely open to show a Budweiser ad on it. In the following wide angle from above the door is closed.

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Continuity mistake: Nuclear Man watches the Daily Planet paper with the "New publisher for your favourite paper" headline. The first shot shows the paper slightly wrinkled on the left and bent to the right. In the following angle it is straight and perfect.

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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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Plot hole: Superman manages to find bricks to rebuild the Great Wall of China. While it's true that he could have created the bricks from stones, the humongous explosions of the wall, and the vast grounds surrounding the area, show that there is no place, no material, and no way even for Superman to create 1,000 bricks from nothing.

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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: 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: 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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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: Why is this movie so full of mistakes and plot holes? Was it created by incompetent crew?

Answer: It was made on a very low budget. Golen - Golbus productions bought the rights to Superman. They were mostly known for B-Movies with not so big name stars. It was there attempt to play with the big studios. Plus at least 45 minutes of scenes were cut out, with major subplots.

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