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Susannah York - Lara (Voice) Damian McLawhorn - Jeremy William Hootkins - Harry Howler Jim Broadbent - Jean Pierre Dubois
Director - Sidney J. Furie
Based on Comic Book "Superman" - Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Superman Motion Pictures Initiator - Alexander Salkind
Story/Screenplay - Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal
Story - Christopher Reeve
Producers - Menahem Golan
and Yoram Globus
Production Designer - John Graysmark
Costume Designer - John Bloomfield
Director of Photography - Ernest Day
Second Unit Director/Visual Effects Supervisor -
Visual Effects Supervisor - Michael Lessa
Film Editor - John Shirley
Themes - John Williams
Music - Alexander Courage
Hello, fanatical movie goers, this is RadDingo here, we'll be looking at one of the worst conclusions to a movie series that is conceived to end all the series production until it was paralleled in ten years later on the original Batman series with the god-awful BATMAN & ROBIN (click here). I would have looked at SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE of its flaws since I would have the marathon to be continued with maybe five or two more films reviewed in a circulation. Though produced by different filmmakers in a shoestring budget and edited notoriously with no regards for a huge pace, SUPERMAN IV was known to have been the red-headed step-child of the classic Donner/Lester quadrilogy and serves as a debonair package of cheesiness that is so bad to contain inconsistent plotting, mangled editing, bad science, cheap special effects and a moral that is meant to address how nuclear warfare is becoming a danger to mankind. A message that was actually brought up by the original actor that played the Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve.
It was meant to move over from the redundant slapstick direction that Richard Lester had overtook and embraced on SUPERMAN III (click here). I suppose that THE QUEST FOR PEACE is no different to its predecessor and has tried to at least make Superman fly again. Having two of the original actors back like Gene Hackman isn't going to have the damage repaired and not even Jon Cryer's performance as Lex's moronic nephew won't save the film from becoming an atrocity. I like to begin of noting how SUPERMAN IV was at its huge missteps such as how they created the villainous Nuclear Man to look more as a reject than a worthy foe to Superman, then there's the moon scene where they battle each other in slow-motion and the flying sequence that it is immensely recycled from the first classic instalment.
The fiasco of SUPERMAN IV made no chances but to tarnish the reputations of those who have worked on the movie's low budget scale. Even the late actor Christopher Reeve never got to be Superman again after that happened and even after his paralysis affected him in 1995, he may no longer return as the original Man of Steel. Several comic-book fans and movie-goers alike may want to instead watch SUPERMAN RETURNS (click here) and throw this second-rate addition in the bargain bin.