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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.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writer:

David Odell (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Selena
Helen Slater ... Supergirl / Linda Lee
Peter O'Toole ... Zaltar
Mia Farrow ... Alura
Brenda Vaccaro ... Bianca
Peter Cook ... Nigel
Simon Ward ... Zor-El
Marc McClure ... Jimmy Olsen
Hart Bochner ... Ethan
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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She's traveled twenty million light years to save her home... and the adventure is just beginning. See more »


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Trivia

The first film based on DC Comics not to be released by Warner Bros. The others were RED (2010) and RED 2 (2013), both released by Summit Entertainment. WB would regain the rights to "Supergirl", however. See more »

Goofs

When Selena visits the school, there's a tube reflected on her window. When her car starts to move we see it's part of a structure used for lighting. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Danvers: One way or another we're all alone on this miserable little planet.
Linda Lee: Yes sir, I know.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

There were U.K. prints of the film, which ran slightly shorter than the commonly seen European cut. This version is officially known as the "Shorter U.K. Cut" (as printed on the film reel sides) and were manufactured directly from Rank Film Laboratories. This version, which runs roughly 121 minutes, is for the most part identical to the 124 minute version, with slight edits that were made to the U.S. version sewn in. The prints begin with the 'Thorn EMI" logo. Among the included cuts are:
  • The shorter scene with Selena arriving home and meeting with Bianca, as in the U.S. version.
  • The shorter scene where Nigel talks to Selena about the Omegahedron, as in the U.S. version.
  • The 'Monster Tractor" scene is the shortened U.S. version
  • The moment where Supergirl is caught by the dorm manager (who is drunk) is missing, as in the U.S. version.
  • The dialogue when Bianca suggests that Selena call upon Nigel for help is missing, as in the U.S. version.
-The End Credits are time sped up, cutting their time by 1/3 of the other versions (including the U.S. credits). It's most notable as portions of Jerry Goldsmith's end title are missing, and remaining segments are over-layered to cover the truncation. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

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Written and Performed by Howard Jones
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Glad I'm not the only one
15 April 2004 | by MovieRotweilerSee all my reviews

I guess I was 7 or 8 when my parents took me to the cinema for the first time. They picked Supergirl as something fun and unthreatening. I have been hooked on film ever since! Supergirl is a hugely under-rated movie, and while I can take on board some of the negative comments you read here, I also think they're a bit harsh. Come on people (you know who you are), it's a fantasy film! If it played the same as Superman (another great), there would be no point in making it in the first place. Sure the magic angle is slightly odd, but what the hell, it's a fun film which doesn't take itself too seriously, but doesn't go in for over the top slapstick either (take heed Richard Lester!!). And of course the effects are a little dated, it is 20 years old after all (though many still look great). Jerry Goldsmith's score it beautiful and lyrical, as it should be, becoming triumphantly heroic when it needs to (The main theme is tremendous, even with the eighties electronic whooshes and eagle squarks). Helen Slater is gorgeous in the lead role, and considering this was her first major role, she does a commendable job. Then there's Miss Dunaway: first rate as always-you can almost see the scenery going down her throat, but that's part of the charm of the character. All the actors come off well, and if you ignore some bits and pieces (there's still some huge plot holes even in the Directors Cut!) you should have a great time. It would be interesting to see a remake that perhaps didn't stray so far from the source mythology (was the omegahedron in the comics?), but on the other hand, the eighties was a different time, and perhaps today's climate (whether the world could use a super-hero or not) is not right to relaunch the poor girl to Earth. One of my all time favourites, and I'm glad to see so many other fans on the IMDB. Let's lobby Anchor Bay for an official Region 2 version. My TV can't broadcast NTSC signals, so have to watch it in black & white, or in jerky (but colour) vision on a slow laptop. Peace. Out.


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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,738,249, 25 November 1984

Gross USA:

$14,296,438

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,296,438
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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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