Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 film, in which Superman rids the world of nuclear weapons and is left to face a powerful Nuclear Man, the creation of his nemesis, Lex Luthor.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. Starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder.


  • Madam secretary. Honorable delegates. Ladies and gentlemen. For many years now, I've lived among you as a visitor. I've seen the beauty of your many cultures. I've felt great joy in your magnificent accomplishments. And I have also seen the folly of your wars. As of today, I'm not a visitor anymore, because the Earth is my home too. We can't live in fear, and I can't stand by and watch as we stumble into madness of possible nuclear destruction. And so I've come to a decision. I'm going to do what our governments have been unwilling or unable to do. Effective immediately, I'm going to rid our planet of all nuclear weapons.
  • Once more, we have survived the threat of war and found a fragile peace. I thought I could give you all the gift of the freedom from war, but I was wrong. It's not mine to give. We're still a young planet. There are galaxies out there. Other civilizations for us to meet and to learn from. What a brilliant future we could have. And there will be peace – there will be peace when the people of this world want it so badly that their governments will have no choice but to give it to them. I just wish you could all see the Earth the way that I see it. Because when you really look at it, it's just one world.

Lois Lane[edit]

  • [to Clark Kent, about Superman] Well, if he can't manage and if he really is in trouble, then there's, uh, there's a few things I'd like to tell him. I'd tell him that I will always cherish the time we spent together. And I never expected anything in return and no matter how few minutes I saw him for, it always made me happy. And I would tell him, that I love him. And that I'll always love him. And that whatever happens to the world, I, I know that he's doing his best to make sure it'll be all right for the rest of us.

Lex Luthor[edit]

  • Lenny, I've always considered you the Dutch Elm disease in my family tree.
  • Lenny, let's try and keep your IQ a family secret.
  • [to Lenny] He gets his energy from the sun. Without it, he's like you at night - useless.
  • [to Superman] This is my nephew Lenny. He worships me.
  • [to Superman] You know, you're a work-o-holic. Don't you ever stop, smell the roses, huh?

Nuclear Man[edit]

  • [repeated line] Destroy Superman!


Perry White: You're late, Kent.
Clark Kent: I'm sorry, Mr. White. It won't happen again.
Perry White: Ha!

Lex Luthor: You know what I can do with a single strand of Superman's hair?
Lenny: You can make a toupee that flies!

Clark Kent: Lois?
Lois Lane: There you are? What happened?
Clark Kent: What happened? What do ya - what do you mean, "what happened?"
Lois Lane: Oh, nothing, nothing. Just uh meet me at the lobby at six o'clock for the press awards dinner, wear something really nice, and don't be late. [Clark sighs] You must have been talking about some other Lois? Huh?
Clark Kent: Lois, I'm sorry. I completely forgot.
Lois Lane: Okay. Go get your penguin suit on, and we'll go.
Clark Kent: No, I'd-I'd rather not, if you don't mind. I got a lot of thinking to do. But, um, you go ahead, okay. [Clark walks over to an armchair and sits]
Lois Lane: Clark? [she takes off her coat] Something's wrong, isn't there? [she sits down in another armchair. She puts her hand on Clark's] Is there anything I can do?
Clark Kent [nods his head]: Yes, you can . . . as a matter of fact, heh.
Lois Lane: What?
Clark Kent [points outside]: Could we go get some fresh air?
Lois Lane: Fresh air? [to herself] Fresh air. [to Clark] Fresh air! Sure! [she pats Clark's leg] Sure, Clark!
Clark Kent: Okay. [the two get up and head for the balcony, arm in arm]
Lois Lane: Sure, huh!
Clark Kent: C'mon.
Lois Lane: Who needs a driver chicken sandwich pieces anyway, right? Let's go! C'mon! Let's get some fresh air! [Clark opens the doors to the balcony, and the two walk out] Breathe, breathe, breathe! [the two keep walking] Breathe! Don't you feel better? [Clark keeps walking, pulling Lois along] Clark? [Clark walks onto the balcony edge, pulling Lois along] Clark?! [Lois grabs his arm] Clark, things aren't that bad! [Clark keeps walking, pulling Lois along] Clark, stop! [Clark walks off the balcony, with Lois falling with him] Ahh! [Clark lets go of her hand and falls ahead] Clark! Clark! Clark! [Superman arrives, wearing Clark's glasses, and catches Lois. Lois wraps her arms around Superman and smiles. She then sees that Superman is wearing Clark's glasses, surprising her] Clark? [she takes off Clark's glasses and puts them on the belt of her dress. She sighs erotically] Superman!

Superman: How'd you like going solo?
Lois Lane: I loved it . . . Not as much as being with you.
Superman: I need to be with you too. You make me laugh. You're the only one I can talk to, Lois. See, sometimes, I don't know what I'm supposed to do.
Lois Lane: I'm always here for you, you know that. And you'll do the right thing, no matter what it is, you always have.
Superman: Thank you. You know something?
Lois Lane: What?
Superman: You don't even know my name.
Lois Lane: Kal-El.
Superman: You remember, don't you? [she nods]
Lois Lane: I remember everything.
Superman: "Never set one of them above the rest. Love all humanity instead." [he shakes his head and sighs] It's not fair. [He gives her a long, passionate kiss. As he lifts his head away from her face, Lois's eyes are closed, her head falls back, and her shoulders relax. She is in a trance-like state. Superman takes his glasses off her dress. She is bobbling back and forth. Superman walks back into his apartment and goes to his room. Clark comes out wearing a suit and puts on his glasses. He takes Lois's coat and purse on the armchair and walks to the door leading to the balcony]
Clark Kent: Lois. [Lois is still in a trance-like state. When he calls her name, she starts to awaken] Uh Lois, it's time to go. We'll be late. [Lois swings her head sexily towards Clark. She turns her head around uncertainly]
Lois Lane [dazed]: Huh? [she shivers] What am I doing out here freezing my butt off? Oh [she points her finger stupidly at Clark], you wanted some fresh air! [she walks to Clark, and he helps her put on her coat and gives her her purse]
Clark Kent: Oh no, that's okay. I don't want to catch a cold. Here you go.
Lois Lane: God!
Clark Kent: Shall we go?
Lois Lane: I feel kinda weird. I feel like I've jet lag or something like- [Lois and Clark start walking toward the door]
Clark Kent: Jeepers!
Lois Lane: Am I gonna go crazy? [The two stop at the door, and Lois looks at Clark] How about you? Are you still down?
Clark Kent: Nope. Things are pretty clear, really.
Lois Lane: Good! [Lois places her hands on Clark's arms] Too much thinking wears down your batteries. [She winks. She walks to the door and turns around, pointing the hand with her purse at Clark, the other grabbing the doorknob] Clark! You gotta go with your gut!
Clark Kent: Hm? [Lois opens the door]
Lois Lane: C'mon! [She walks out, the door slightly closing behind her]
Clark Kent [nodding]: Uh huh. [Clark grabs the door before it closes, opens it, walks out, and closes the door]

Lacy Warfield: You can't park here! You'll get towed! Lois, do you have any idea how much a ticket's gonna cost here?
Lois Lane: Lacy, it's only money!

Superman: Madam Chairman, I don't represent any one particular country, but I'd like to address the delegates.
U.N. Chairwoman: Well, in that case, you will need a sponsor. [all delegates raise their hands] I believe that will do. Please.

[before Superman's speach to the U.N.]
Lacy Warfield: What's he going to say?
Lois Lane: Something wonderful.

Superman: You'd risk world wide nuclear war for your own personal financial gain.
Lex Luthor: Nobody wants war. I just want to keep the threat alive

[Superman and Nuclear Man confront each other in downtown Metropolis]
Nuclear Man: Where is the woman?
Superman: Give it up, you'll never find her.
Nuclear Man: If you will not tell me, I will hurt people!
Superman: Stop! Don't do it, the people!

Lex Luthor: Is the world gonna be vaporized?
Superman: No. It's the same as it's always been, Luthor. On the brink. With good fighting evil. See you in twenty.


  • 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.


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