Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) (part 3 of 12)

Cut to a prison rock quarry. Just for fun, what image does the phrase “prison rock quarry” conjure up in your mind? Yep, that’s it.

Guards with shotgun rifles watch over prisoners picking away at rocks with axes. And yes, all the prisoners are wearing jumpsuits with black and white stripes. I’ll admit, Superman II did just as much to perpetuate this cliché of prisoners wearing black and white stripes, but that doesn’t make this any less stupid.

Now, rock quarries. What are they good for? As far as I can tell, all these guys are doing is using pickaxes to break big rocks up into smaller rocks. Is there really some financial benefit to doing this? Wouldn’t it be a lot more productive to pick up trash on the side of the road? Or anything?

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Multi-Part Article: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

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