3.7/10
40,223
278 user 107 critic

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Trailer
1:27 | Trailer
The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 5 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
3,780 ( 125)
Bottom Rated Movies #75 | 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

Director: Lee Sholem
Stars: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether
Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

In this Marvel Comic adaption, four astronauts get bombarded with cosmic rays when an accident occurs. The four of them acquire special powers, and decide to form a superhero group called ... See full summary »

Director: Oley Sassone
Stars: Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood, Rebecca Staab
Batman (1966–1968)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The turtles find themselves transported back in time to ancient Japan.

Director: Stuart Gillard
Stars: Elias Koteas, Paige Turco, Stuart Wilson
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

In this live-action prequel to the 1994 comedy hit, the Flintstones and the Rubbles go on a trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller.

Director: Brian Levant
Stars: Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston
Shazam! (1974–1977)
Action | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young boy, able to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel, travels the country fighting evil and helping people.

Stars: Michael Gray, Les Tremayne, Jackson Bostwick
Superman (1941)
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.

Directors: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner
Wonder Woman (1975–1979)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Superman / Clark Kent
Gene Hackman ... Lex Luthor / Nuclear Man (voice)
Jackie Cooper ... Perry White
Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen
Jon Cryer ... Lenny
Sam Wanamaker ... David Warfield
Mark Pillow Mark Pillow ... Nuclear Man
Mariel Hemingway ... Lacy Warfield
Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane
Damian McLawhorn Damian McLawhorn ... Jeremy
William Hootkins ... Harry Howler
Jim Broadbent ... Jean Pierre Dubois
Stanley Lebor ... General Romoff
Don Fellows ... Levon Hornsby
Robert Beatty ... U.S. President
Edit

Storyline

Superman does a lot in his newest adventure. Archvillain Lex Luthor, determined to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man. The two super-powered foes clash in an explosive screen extranvaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, repulse a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China and perform many more spetactular feats. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nuclear Power. In the best hands, it is dangerous. In the hands of Lex Luthor, it is pure evil. This is Superman's greatest battle. And it is for all of us.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian | French | Italian

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superman IV See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,683,122, 26 July 1987

Gross USA:

$15,681,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,681,020
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1987) | (pre-release cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Reeve agreed to play Superman for the fourth time if the studio financed his project, Street Smart (1987). See more »

Goofs

The motion control dolls used to represent Superman and Nuclear Man flying (and fighting) in space look nothing like Christopher Reeve or Mark Pillow. Nuclear Man's muscles are way too big, and Superman's arms are way too long in several shots (if you put the arms at the figure's side, Superman's hands would reach his feet). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cosmonaut Captain: [in Russian] You can sing later comrade Sinatra.
Cosmonaut: [in Russian] Back at home they told me to sing in space.
See more »

Alternate Versions

A whole sequence detailing Lex Luthor's creation and Superman's defeat of a prototype nuclear man was shot but never used. However, pictures from the scenes show up in publicity materials for the movie and it's detailed in the comic book adaption. Also shot but not used is a scene when Superman personally apologizes to the boy when he decides he can't rid the world of nuclear weapons. See more »

Connections

Version of Smallville (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Pow!/Good Morning
(uncredited)
Composed by Alexander Courage
Original Material Composed by John Williams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Well intentioned film...
8 March 2001 | by signs933See all my reviews

Superman 4 has good ideas and good performances, but was ruined when the director cut 40 minutes from the film before release. Among other things, the denouement in which Nuclear Man defies Luthor and turns himself into a nuclear missile in order to spark World War III. In order to see what the film should have been, I suggest one seek out the DC Comic Adaptation. This film, as Christopher Reeve's final performance as Superman deserves to be restored for DVD. The reason for Superman using powers he has never had, was the result of unfinished effects. The great wall of China scene should have been finished by adding Superman fixing the wall at super speed, and finished with Superman sealing it with heat vision.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 278 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed