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Supergirl (1984)

After losing a powerful orb, Kara, 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 David Healy ... Mr. Danvers
Sandra Dickinson 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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The most incredible girl you'll ever meet. See more »


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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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Runtime:

(international) | (theatrical) | (director's cut) | (original cut) | (Video Version) | (shortened) | (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

Dudley Moore had been offered $4 million to portray Zaltar, but turned the offer down and suggested his former TV partner Peter Cook play Nigel. Moore later played Patch in the Salkinds' next film Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), which was also directed by Jeannot Szwarc. See more »

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Nigel: You girls are rank amateurs playing with fire.
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Shoddy mistreatment
30 April 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Getting right down to it, Helen Slater is easily the reason to watch (endure) "Supergirl" - or at least her scenes. They clearly weren't going to cast an uggo for the title character, but even still, Slater's jaw-droppingly pretty and she's able to make that costume work. There's a nice innocence about her. If only the rest of the movie worked as well as she does.

Honestly, you could pick this movie to shreds (goodness knows there's plenty of fodder). I guess if you're looking for a mid-'80s fantasy full of witches, a naive supernatural blonde and some weapons-grade awfulness from Peter O'Toole and Faye Dunaway, then you'll get something out of it. Just don't look for an honest treatment of the comics character (it isn't) and you'll be in for some trashy fluff. If the Salkinds weren't so intent on cheapness and playing fast and loose with the source material, Supergirl would've had a real shot on the big screen.

4/10


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