Superman IV: the Quest for Peace

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace

Sidney J Furie (1987)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Despite the return of Gene Hackman as the evil Lex Luthor, this creaky, tired third sequel sounded the final death knell for the Superman saga featuring Christopher Reeve in the title role. In this one, Reeve's man in tights has finally brought about peace in our time, but soon finds himself up against Luthor (now a budding arms baron), his irritating nephew (Jon Cryer) and a powerful new foe called Nuclear Man, while his bespectacled alter ego Clark Kent has to fight off predatory publisher's daughter Mariel Hemingway. However, the enthusiastic hamming can't hide the clunking direction by Sidney J Furie and the sub-standard special effects. It's a pity because Reeve was a class act in the part that made his name.


The Man of Steel embarks on a mission to destroy every nuclear weapon on the planet. However, his arch-enemy Lex Luthor sees the chance to rid himself of the superhero by creating a deadly radioactive henchman who causes havoc around the world. Comic-book adventure sequel, starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Mark Pillow and Margot Kidder.

Cast & Crew

Superman / Clark Kent Christopher Reeve
Lex Luthor Gene Hackman
Lois Lane Margot Kidder
Perry White Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen Marc McClure
Lenny Jon Cryer
David Warfield Sam Wanamaker
Nuclear Man Mark Pillow
Lacy Warfield Mariel Hemingway
Jeremy Damian McLawhorn
Harry Howler William Hootkins
Jean Pierre Dubois Jim Broadbent
General Romoff Stanley Lebor
US President Robert Beatty
Director Sidney J Furie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Cannon-WarnerGuidance: Contains some violenceAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray