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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

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.

In this one, Christopher 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.

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