Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Revealing mistake: After Nuclear Man destroys the cab's hood, the shot changes and there's a thick string running behind him all along the car, and the cab driver is stretching out to pull it. Probably he was activating some sort of bad FX.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman saves the people that Nuclear Man throws up into the air, as they lower you can see the support wires holding them up.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man hits Superman by the Statue of Liberty's grounds, Superman reacts to the kick before actually being hit.

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Revealing mistake: When the net full of nuclear missiles is thrown into the sun, the footage of the explosion is exactly the same as the explosion of the single rocket with the DNA of Nuclear Man attached.

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Revealing mistake: Watch the moon fight between the two supermen. In one scene, Superman charges nuclearman and you can see the backdrops flutter if your monitor brightness is high.

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Revealing mistake: When NuclearMan goes to destroy the Great Wall of China, there is a brief glimpse of him wearing support wires.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman and Nuclearman are fighting for the first time in outer space, you can see them both standing on a small platform.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man blows up the fire hydrant one can easily notice it's made of foam.

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Revealing mistake: When Clark Kent enters the subway, the set is the same as the rampage later in the film; only that the second time we see this set, the subway entrance has vanished.

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Revealing mistake: Before Superman brings the cosmonaut safely to his spaceship the entrance door wiggles as if made of cardboard. There's no air in space and it's supposed to be a strong, solid structure.

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Revealing mistake: In this scene, all the SWAT cops have the same type of rifle, except for the guy that gets his melted by Nuclear Man, which is a thick rubbery prop.

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Revealing mistake: Nuclear Man is shown blowing up the Great wall twice, but it's the same shot reversed.

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Revealing mistake: Near the end of the movie, Superman descends on the tower, by the elevator room, and his supporting wires are visible.

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Revealing mistake: The rock that hits the prop-astronaut blows his head off. Seconds later the head is back in place.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman flies towards the volcano, the scene of the eruption he is superimposed on is exactly the same one we saw 2 minutes earlier.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman drops the elevator containing the imprisoned Nuclear Man on the moon, he flies off and lands to straighten the American flag. In this shot you can plainly see the wires helping him land.

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Revealing mistake: After they fall off the balcony, Superman chases Nuclear Man, but the boats beneath don't move.

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Revealing mistake: After Nuclear-Man kicks Superman in the air after putting the Statue of Liberty back, Superman does flips and part of him disappears.

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Revealing mistake: When the subway train is supposedly running wild, watch the man to the left of Lois: He throws Lois's book violently away on the sly, as if the (fake) rumble inside the train had done the mess.

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Revealing mistake: Although Lois and another passenger move violently to show that the train is running wild, the rest of the passengers and the straps to hold one self remain perfectly still.

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Revealing mistake: While flying together, Superman let's go of Lois and she plummets at first, but then, with the snowy mountains behind, she's able to float on air and keep on moving at the same time for 5 seconds.

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Revealing mistake: While the subway train is gone wild, there's a brief shot of bystanders on the platform. Then the train keeps going on for several seconds, and when it finally comes to a stop the actors are the same ones used previously.

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Revealing mistake: When Lenny's car, with the cops in it, flies into the air you can see it's empty.

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Revealing mistake: When nuclear Man shoots at the cops, the scene is being played backwards.

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Revealing mistake: In the aerial shot of Nuclear Man entering the crater of the volcano the smoke coming from it is still, thus revealing it's a painting.

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Revealing mistake: When Lois and Superman are flying together, they turn green, specially Lois's arms and hands.

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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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Revealing mistake: Due to the blue-screen effect, part of Superman's glasses disappear when he is free falling with Lois.

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Revealing mistake: Watch the cars and the grey truck during the LexTv scene. Whenever Luthor appears on screen the same cars are driving on the street.

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Revealing mistake: It is way too obvious that when Luthor holds the dollar bill, his arm and hand have been replaced by a robotic prop. His arm manages to move without involving all the bones connected to the shoulder and the back.

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Revealing mistake: While Superman carries the Statue, there's a close shot of Nuclear Man showing his fingernails. The movie behind is playing the wrong way, and gives the sensation that Nuclear Man is flying backwards.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman is wounded on the neck, and when the italian villagers are saved, the same male falsetto voice is used to add a (crappy and out-of-sync) "Oooh!" and "Aaaah!".

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Revealing mistake: The close shot of people panicking when the Statue is about to crash against the pavement shows an old woman with a red wool hat and a white scarf. Many scenes later, when Nuclear Man lands on Metropolis, the same lady is seen, wearing the same clothes.

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Revealing mistake: When in space, Superman punches Nuclear Man on the back, he turns around and his face has turned blurry and black, but his body keeps the same colour. In the immediate close-up the face's colour is fixed.

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Revealing mistake: The elevator cables that Superman holds should be greasy, or at least dirty, but they are not, revealing he's merely holding a black rope.

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Revealing mistake: After Nuclear Man rampages Metropolis, Superman cries "Stop!" and a SWAT agent descends from the sky on visible wires.

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Revealing mistake: While Nuclear Man and Superman are falling off the balcony, their skin switches from pink to natural. When Nuclear Man finally flies away he loses all of his colour and becomes semi transparent.

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Revealing mistake: While flying with Lois, Superman lets her go and when he picks her up all of the wires holding him are visible.

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Revealing mistake: When the volcano erupts, it's obviously a painting because the lava doesn't flow or move an inch.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman returns the cosmonaut back in the spaceship, Superman's head becomes transparent, and the cosmonaut's helmet becomes wobbly, all because of the use of blue-screen.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man destroys Metropolis he sends beams to make things explode, but there's a moment when there are no beams seen and shops explode for no reason at all.

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Revealing mistake: During the Metropolis destruction scene, Nuclear Man sends a SWAT truck spinning around. When he lifts it up with his rays coming from his hands, you can see the truck is being lifted up by a visible white wire.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 Lacy floats in space, Superman saves her and heads towards Earth. When he comes back, the shot of the Earth behind is the same one from before, yet reversed.

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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 Nuclear Man melts the rifle, note that the SWAT member is holding the barrel and he slides his hand away slowly to make the barrel bend downwards. He was obviously holding it up. If he had burned himself he would've moved faster.

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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: Both explosions on the sun are the same shot repeated twice.

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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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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: Obvious doll replaces Nuclear Man when he falls into the chimney.

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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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Revealing mistake: When the movie ends and Superman grabs Lenny and Lex's car, they both become black and white coloured and semi transparent.

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Revealing mistake: Underneath Lenny's car when it flies away in the quarry there's no pipes, no nothing, just a black plank, revealing the car's a cheap prop.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man flies through the ceiling for the first time, the first glass he crashes into is noticeably different than the others surrounding it, revealing it's a prop.

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Revealing mistake: Same footage used when the Statue of Liberty plummets and when it's lifted up by Superman, though reversed.

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Revealing mistake: Superman's hands move despite him being frozen in a block of ice.

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Revealing mistake: When the first cab is attacked by Nuclear Man, watch underneath and you'll notice that the wheels don't touch the ground, revealing it's a prop.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man steals the Statue of Liberty, there's a very obvious blur around the retouched image where the real statue has been painted over to simulate it's gone.

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Revealing mistake: When the police cars drive backwards, before they crash and burst, the scene is a repetition of a previous one but reversed.

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Revealing mistake: During the subway sequence, all of the train stations are always the same Metropolis South.

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Revealing mistake: When Nuclear Man destroys Metropolis, one of the walls between the window shop wiggles and the tiles flutter revealing it's a cardboard set.

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Revealing mistake: While Superman and Nuclear Man fall off the building and fight on air, they pass by the same parts of the building over and over again.

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Revealing mistake: When Superman and Lois jump off the window, Lois passes by the same window over and over again.

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

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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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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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