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Movie Review: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

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Written by Mark Rosenthal and Lawrence Konner.
Directed by Sidney J. Furie.
1987.

“The Dude of Steel,” intones Lex Luthor’s nephew, Lenny, in one of the movie’s more pithy moments. “Boy, are you gonna get it.” And get it the Dude of Steel does. This one ranks right up there among the worst films ever made. Golan-Globus got their mitts on the property from the Salkinds and milked it like the cash cow it was. After all, at this point in their movie-making careers, they were in financial trouble. Witness the sign on the Kent farm early in the film: “This property for lease or sale.”  Or: the driving philosophy here can be summed up in one hilarious headline: “Superman Says ‘Drop Dead’ to Kid.” Make “kid” “kids” and you’ve got yourself a tagline.

Speaking of headlines, remember that one in the original Superman: “Look, Ma! No wires!”? You can see a wire or harness in almost every special effects shot in this movie.

My favorite moment: when Clark Kent takes Lois Lane by the hand and walks off a roof. Lois, for whatever inexplicable reason, thinks Clark is committing suicide. “Clark!” she cries. “Things aren’t that bad!” Well, for Christopher Reeve, who shared story credit on this one, I imagine they were.

“I’d want to tell him that I cherished the time we spent together, and I never expected anything from him. Even if I only saw him for a few moments, it made me happy. And I’d want to tell him that I love him and that I’ll always love him. And no matter what happens on this world, I know he tried his best to help us.” — Lois Lane

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Andy Davidson is the author of IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN. He lives in Georgia with his wife and five cats.

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