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Supergirl (1984)

After losing a powerful orb, Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

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Jeannot Szwarc

Writer:

David Odell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Selena
Helen Slater ... Kara Zor-El / Supergirl / Linda Lee
Peter O'Toole ... Zaltar
Hart Bochner ... Ethan
Mia Farrow ... Alura
Brenda Vaccaro ... Bianca
Peter Cook ... Nigel
Simon Ward ... Zor-El
Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen
Maureen Teefy ... Lucy Lane
David Healy ... Mr. Danvers
Sandra Dickinson ... Pretty Young Lady
Robyn Mandell Robyn Mandell ... Myra
Jenifer Landor Jenifer Landor ... Muffy
Diana Ricardo Diana Ricardo ... Mrs. Murray
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Storyline

After a power source for the community of Krypton survivors is accidentally whisked to earth, Kara-El, cousin to Superman and niece to Jor-El, chooses to go to earth to find it, and bring it back. Upon her arrival, she becomes just a powerful and Super as her cousin, but encounters dangerous battles and unexpected obstacles when a mean spirited woman who practices rituals of the occult takes the power source for herself, and uses it to cause destruction and attempt zenith human status. Written by CoachTophie

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Taglines:

From out of another galaxy and into your hearts comes... Supergirl See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Supergirl: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,738,249, 25 November 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical) | (director's cut) | (original cut) | (Video Version) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Helen Slater's film debut. Many years later, Slater would later appear in three episodes of Smallville (2001), playing Lara, the Kryptonian mother of Kal-El/Clark Kent, and then become a recurring role in Supergirl (2015) as Supergirl's adoptive mother, Eliza Danvers. See more »

Goofs

During the Phantom Zone sequence, the slimy bog in which Supergirl almost drowns is obviously not very deep; her legs and derriere can be seen clearly, as she drags herself halfway out of the black mire. This is subjective. It's possible that her body has not yet sunk deep enough due to the consistency of the mire, or that despite it being so shallow she is simply too exhausted and the mire is too thick to pull herself out. See more »

Quotes

Kara: [about Zaltar's creative illusion] Oh, it is beautiful. What's that gonna be, Zaltar?
Zaltar: I think, a tree.
Kara: A tree. What is a tree?
Zaltar: A lovely thing which grows on Earth.
Kara: Earth? You mean where my cousin went?
Zaltar: And to where one day soon perhaps I might venture as well.
Kara: I don't believe you. How?
Zaltar: In that.
[points to a transportation device]
Zaltar: Through there.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits Argo City is kept in view until the last minute. See more »

Alternate Versions

Upon discovering the newly unearthed "Director's Cut" of "Supergirl" these new scenes are added:
  • A longer opening of argo city mall. This shows Kara walking through and disrupting a class of younger children, apologizing, and moving on. Also, later on in the scene, there is more dialogue between Kara and Zaltar about inner space among other things.
  • More Conversation between Nigel and Selena discussing certain magic spells and powers, and development showing that they have been together for a long time and have gotten nowhere.
  • In the scene which Bianca is first introduced, there is more dialogue concerning Bianca's plan to start a coven, and then goes on to show Selena and Bianca experimenting with the omegahedron, catching a frozen turkey on fire, then realizing they need a little practice.
  • Longer party for the minions scene, in which Selena tells Nigel that all the people who mocked her and pittied her will pay for what they did, for now she has the power. Then there is more dialogue between Bianca and Selena in which Bianca tells Selena to slow down with her magic and Selena replies "No one gets a warning anymore!"
  • More dialogue between Linda Lee and Lucy Lane talking about why Linda is an "orphan."
  • A new scene in which Myra, the bully insults Linda Lee(Supergirl) in front of all the other girls and Lucy Lane sticks up for her.
  • A new scene in the shower room after Myra has tripped Lucy, in which Lucy tells Linda that Myra is gunning for her next.
  • More dialogue between Selena and Bianca when the moster tractor has failed to bring Ethan to Selena, in which they discuss more what they know about "The one that flies!"
  • More dialogue between Nigel, Selena, and Bianca concering the barundi wand, right before they bring Ethan to the fortress.
  • More footage to the phantom zone scene in which Zaltar and Supergirl discuss how evil Selena is, Zaltar having self pity, and the hope to save the world from Selena.
  • A new scene has been added with Lucy and Jimmy trapped in Selena's cages, in which they admit to eachtother that they have always been in love with eachother since they first met.
  • An extra character has been added in the protest scene involving a young man asking Selena to turn the phone lines on so he can contact his ailing wife.
  • More footage of Supergirl getting obstacles thrown at her in the final showdown.
  • The famous broadcast scene in which Nigel takes the coffer of shadows and keeps it as a memento. This scene is also extended as Nigle runs into the lady he met at Selena's and goes off with her.
  • Also the other broadcast scene in which Ethan tells Jimmy and lucy goodbye and to take care has also been restored.
  • Also, some dialogue is spoken differently, like Ethan saying softly a goodbye to Supergirl as she flies off back to argo city.
  • The end credit music is different than the cue heard on the U.S. version and the international version.
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Version of The Multipath Adventures of Superman (1999) See more »

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Written and Performed by Howard Jones
Courtesy of WEA Records Limited
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A gentle tale worth watching with a relaxed mind.
14 December 2006 | by dwtaxiSee all my reviews

Watching Supergirl this week for the first time since childhood I see it with fresh eyes and a newfound appreciation of the movie. Supergirl must be considered separate and unrelated to the Superman movie foursome or it will fall short. There is not supposed to be a comparison. The Superman movies are action epics, Supergirl is the story of strength growing out of innocence.

Watching Supergirl now with an understanding of focus that I did not have when younger, I truly enjoy it. Helen Slater, Peter O'Tool, Peter Cook and Maureen Teefy all put in superb performances. Mia Farrow tends to overact the part of Selena, but then the character believes herself larger than life. Brenda Vaccaro could use a little more self assertion, but does alright. Marc McClure is of course an undeniably talented actor, though his part in this film is minor. I am forced to scream at the screen however; Why the hell do you wear a camera if you aren't going to use it when a major news piece flies into your lap?

I remember being dismissive of Supergirl when I was younger; due in part to the use of magic which has no part in the Superman films, but mainly I suspect due to the ludicrous man-eating excavator scene. This scene remains the major absurdity of the movie. Supposed to be terrifying it comes off as a rather poor imitation of the hundred Volkswagens from Herbie Rides Again. It isn't scary, its stupid.

Apart from that scene, Supergirl is good gentle viewing and a nice counterpoint to Superman.

It is hard to describe my exact feelings, but I do feel that standing on its own Supergirl should be considered a success and I deeply regret never having a chance to watch the sequels that were never made.


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