Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Revealing mistake: After Superman escapes the block of ice he was imprisoned in, watch the next shot (as he flies back towards Earth) closely... in this shot, it's clear that the effect was achieved by using a rather cheap-looking Superman "doll" composited into the shot, and not Christopher Reeve. It practically looks like a Superman "action-figure" you could buy at the store.

Revealing mistake: When Lex cuts the strand of hair, the bottom of the cabinet breaks before the ball drops.

Revealing mistake: When Clark and Lois are talking in Lacey's apartment, there appear to be bubbles and waves in the pool. However, they do not move.

Revealing mistake: All of the shots of Nuclear Man flying, or him turning around to check for Superman are the same ones repeated over and over again.

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Revealing mistake: During the tornado scene, the wind makes the windows open and close violently, but the cowboy hat on the porch stays in place barely moving. (Laserdisc and international extended editions).

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Revealing mistake: When the volcano erupts and lava floods the village. The red truck on the left is a very obvious scale model prop: The engine is missing and the hood is attached to the grilles.

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Revealing mistake: When the fire truck explodes, note a tube behind it going straight to the truck. Probably an FX device to effect the smoke.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Revealing mistake: When Superman takes Lex's car to prison, right when Lex and Lenny become black and white, Lex is a blatant stunt double.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman drops Nuclear Man down the power plant chimney, the city behind swaps from a real image to a cheap blurry painting.

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Revealing mistake: During the Metropolis destruction, when a cab crashes against the cab in front, the first car's trunk blows out and the FX system (an air-bag similar system) to make this happen flies all over the place.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man's fingers hurt Superman's nape, part of the Statue of Liberty's tablet disappears.

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Revealing mistake: After Superman leaves the Statue of Liberty, a thick string is noticeable under his cape to keep it up and fluttering.

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Revealing mistake: When the missile is launched, Superman flies to catch it. However, his face has some sort of stocking over the upper part and the man looks nothing like Christopher Reeve. It was either a stunt double, a bad special effect, or a cheap mannequin.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man lands in Metropolis before destroying everything, watch the truck and cab on the left and you'll realise that they are a painting. Not a realistic painting, but a cheap, unfinished one.

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Revealing mistake: After Nuclear Man bursts the cab's hood, watch behind and you'll see the wiggling cable that pulls the prop car.

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Revealing mistake: The first time we see Clark, he is crossing the crowded street towards the subway entrance. Note that none of the cars are moving except for a cab in the front. If you watch behind Clark you'll see that the street ends in a flat wall, revealing it's a backlot set.

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Factual error: If the Russian cosmonauts need special suits to survive out to space, so should Lacey when she is taken by Nuclear Man. (00:02:50 - 01:20:20)

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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: 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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