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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

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:

She taught him what it was to fly. He taught her what it was to love. 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 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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was intended to be the first in a series. Its lack of box office success ended those plans. See more »

Goofs

Selena starts to say that everything is history and turns around to say the world is hers. Right then the angle changes and cupboards appear on the right from nowhere. When the angle changes, the cupboards disappear. See more »

Quotes

Kara: [in response to Zaltar's pessimism about escaping the Phantom Zone] You're right. You're absolutely right. There is enough doom and gloom in the air already. And, it is better to accept defeat than to take a chance and try like fools to redeem ourselves, and save our city and all those who we love there, plus all the people on Earth that this wicked sorceress is going to make suffer, just because of us. Cheers!
[raises nozzle in mock toast]
Zaltar: We could die trying.
Kara: We won't. We won't. Come on!
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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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Connections

Referenced in Supergirl: Solitude (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written and Performed by Howard Jones
Courtesy of WEA Records Limited
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User Reviews

Beautiful Classic Hard To Beat
12 January 2000 | by CarreySee all my reviews

Apart from the witchcraft, I LOVE this movie!

This was the first time I ever saw Helen Slater, and rightaway I knew she was the most beautiful lady in the world! (Sorry ladies!)

I think there are some classic lines that have been overlooked: I remember when the Tractor went wild in Midvale, and Linda/Supergirl was searching for a place to change into her costume, she spied the Ladies' Room, and dashed toward it at super-speed, plowing into a woman who was just coming out. Linda apologized, "Sorry, I'm in a rush!" and shot inside. The woman looked wry. "I know what you mean!"

Perhaps Zaltar (Peter O'Toole) wasn't as important as he could have been. Although I thought Faye Dunaway was perfect as Selena (a little type-casting courtesy of Mommie Dearest), I prefer to wonder what would have happened if Zaltar had been just a little more complex (he's an artist, after all!) and a little more selfish, and actually followed through with his plans to see Outer Space with the assistance of the Omegahedron.

Then he might have been the villain of the piece, and the most dangerous kind of villain: the villain an audience can sympathize with. Then the audience would have been torn between wanting Zaltar to succeed, and wanting Kara/Supergirl to stop him before the loss of the Omegahedron destroys Argo City.

Oh! And I would've liked to see how Argo City was torn away more or less whole from Krypton as the planet detonated, and wound up in Inner Space, trapped in a warp that only Kal-El's little spaceship was equipped to navigate and exit.

I don't think it's over for Supergirl, her story could be REtold (a la Batman), but I'd only be interested in a remake if the filmmakers would remain true to the style of THIS movie (Supergirl (1984), rather than opting for a trendy, dark, angst-ridden "hero" (I use the term loosely) in a demented action "adventure". I miss the bright, cheerful style of the old Superman comics, from the 50's, 60's and 70's, and I'd love to see that back on the big screen, like Superman The Movie and Superman II, and . . . naturally, Supergirl - The First Adventure.

This is a beautiful, dream-like jewel of a movie, a real Pink Panther (I refer, of course, to the diamond).

That breath-taking, emotional moment as Supergirl arrives on Earth, and discovers her powers and her new environment, in my humble opinion, is unmatched in all the Super-movies.

Jerry Goldsmith's score, especially the Supergirl March and the Love Theme are stirring and moving respectively, and easily equal to John Williams' contributions to the Superman movies. I have Jerry's score on CD (thanks to Silva Screen Records) and the Supergirl Main Theme is my Favorite Movie Theme of all time.

(Superman was and is my hero, Superman II (1980) was THE defining movie of my youth, and I can probably sing you the entire score to Superman III, but I love the Supergirl themes more.)

And if a widescreen, remastered version of this movie ever becomes available "Down Under" , I want to see it!


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