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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.


Jeannot Szwarc


David Odell (screenplay)
3,744 ( 468)
3 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Did You Know?


One of the taglines was "Her first great adventure." The box-office returns were so disappointing that no sequel was ever made. See more »


At one point during her journey to the Phantom Zone, only the upper half of Supergirl's body is contained within the crystal portal. This is not a goof. In Superman and Superman II, only the faces of the three Kryptonian criminals are visible within the crystal portal. Therefore it is simply an abstract representation of each character's image, not a literal one. See more »


Lucy Lane: Listen, you better keep an eye out for Myra now. She's out to get you.
Linda Lee: Me? Why?
Lucy Lane: Because she hates anybody who's not afraid of her.
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning credits real silver is flashed at you. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original US Version ran 105m; International Version ran 124m; newly unearthed 'Director's Cut' clocks in at 138m (DVD only) See more »


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What Is Love?
Written by Howard Jones (as Jones)/Bill Bryant (as Bryant)
Performed by Howard Jones
Courtesy of WEA Records Limited
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An enjoyable film
9 August 2001 | by SG-BSee all my reviews

While not an epic like "Superman: The Movie", "Supergirl" is an enjoyable movie and it has a special place in my heart just like the first Superman movie.

The beautiful Helen Slater is fantastic in the title role of Supergirl and she easily carries the film. Like Reeve, Slater looks like she just popped out of the comic books and she gives a great performance as both Linda Lee and Supergirl. It's a shame she doesn't have a bigger career than the one she does now.

Faye Dunaway is miscast as Selena and is too campy in the role. The rest of the cast are fine in the movie, and I enjoyed Peter O'Toole's performance as Zaltar. Also, it was nice to see Marc McLure as Jimmy Olsen. However, my biggest disappointment with the film was that Christopher Reeve was not in it. It would have been fantastic to see Superman and Supergirl together.

The script, while good, should have been better and the campiness of Selena thrown out. I've read the original script and that one should have been used as it was slightly better and had some more characterisation in it.

The special effects are fantastic, especially in the flying scenes. I enjoy the Flying Ballet sequence a great deal, it's my favourite flying scene out of all the 'Super' films. This scene has always made me wish I could fly, a desire that was created when I saw the original Superman movie.

The music, which was composed and conducted by the great Jerry Goldsmith, is also one of the film's best aspects and I love it very much. The music is beautiful to listen to and are easy on the ears -- it's very poetic and lyrical which suits the film well.

Anchor Bay released "Supergirl" on DVD last year and they did a magnificent job, doing the film justice. The Director's Cut is the best version of the movie as it provides better characterisation and some explanations for plot holes that are present in the US theatrical and domestic cuts.

"Supergirl" is one of my favourite movies despite it's flaws and I find it to be a much better film than "Superman 3" and "Superman 4: The Quest For Peace".

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Release Date:

21 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,738,249, 25 November 1984

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

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


Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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