Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

New this week Continuity mistake: The inside of the Russian spaceship differs between the outside shots as seen through the window, and the ones inside.

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New this week Continuity mistake: When the movie begins, the cosmonaut has some sort of big compass attached to his legs that disappears in the wide shots.

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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.

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Plot hole: Superman traps the supervillain (whose power depends on sunlight) inside of an elevator to incapacitate him. Superman then ripped the elevator out of the building. He then plants it on the far side of the moon. Later on, sunlight starts to shine into the elevator through a slit at where the doors meet. The villain of course recharges and comes after Superman again. Now, if light could get through that crack there, then why couldn't it get through when the elevator was ripped out of the building in BROAD DAYLIGHT?

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Plot hole: Nuclear Man makes his appearance at Lex's house, walks a couple meters and faints "because of lack of sun" according to Lex. This idiotic, the place is surrounded by windows and there are beams of light everywhere.

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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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Plot hole: For some strange reason, when Nuclear Man passes away in space, he remains floating, however Lacy, who is grabbing his hand, falls downwards.

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Continuity mistake: Nuclear Man dents the floor with his footsteps, but in a wider angle the floor is intact.

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Factual error: When Nuclear Man takes the publisher of the newspaper out into space. Humans cannot breathe in outer space. Even if they could, wouldn't she burn up in re-entry? It can't be Superman's powers are transferred to someone he's touching, otherwise in the second film he could never have crushed General Zod's hand...

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Continuity mistake: Two firemen are seen away from their truck, but when the angle changes six firemen have appeared seemingly from nowhere.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Nuclear Man arrives on Earth, he enters a shady place which makes him lose his power and cools his body, producing some frozen-like smoke. The next two times that he enters a dark place (inside the elevator and in space) he doesn't produce the smoke.

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Continuity mistake: The shape and size of the volcano is totally different between the moment when Nuclear Man enters it, to when it erupts.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Superman is seen aged holding the green glass, Nuclear Man is seen ascending and wires are visible.

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Continuity mistake: After Superman straightens the US flag, a brief shot shows he is on a plain ground, but when he is knocked down by Nuclear Man, a big mount appears in front of him.

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Plot hole: When Nuclear Man sees a picture of Lacy Warfield on the newspaper he decides to go after her. When confronted by Superman he asks "Where is the woman?" Superman responds that he'll never find her. How could Superman know which woman Nuclear Man was talking about? There was no indication that Superman knew that Nuclear Man was looking for Lacy.

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Continuity mistake: When Superman is walking with the kid towards the UN, they pass by a fire hydrant. In the immediate wide angle of the place the hydrant is gone, but reappears in the following shot a couple meters ahead of Superman.

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Continuity mistake: When Lacy is in outer space grabbed by Nuclear Man, she slides down dramatically and grabs on his wrist. Half a second later, the sliding effect is gone and she is now floating relaxed, grabbing the upper part of his arm.

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Continuity mistake: Whenever there is a shot of Superman flying taken from directly in front of him, against a blue screen (watch out for the oh-so-visible black outline and loss of colour), it's always the exact same shot. Obviously the producers could only get one day with the blue screen, then.

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Continuity mistake: Mr. Warfield asks the little boy to repeat "I wish Superman had said yes" and places his hand on the kid's shoulder. The shot changes inmediately to a close-up and the arm and hand are gone.

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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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