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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 »

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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 city view that supergirl flies over is Chicago See more »

Goofs

Crane used for flying shadow cast on the school building when Supergirl flies up and hits the invisible monster. See more »

Quotes

Selena: Every time! Every time! Send a man to do a woman's job, and that's what you get. Damn her eyes. Who is she?
Bianca: Are you asking me?
Selena: I'm telling you - Find out.
Bianca: Well, sure but, you know, I think I recognize the costume.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Other scenes not included in the director's cut include:
  • Supergirl cuts her hair with laser vision.
  • Linda Lee and Lucy Lane talk about guys, about Linda fitting in, and about Lucy borrowing a shirt that belongs to Linda.
  • Nigel asks Linda Lee if she has plans for the three day weekend(right before "the map" sequence)
  • Supergirl tells Selena she will only bow to truth and justice(During the showdown at Selena's home.)
  • During the midvale protest scene, the young woman who stands up to Selena is killed. After standing in front of the car, Selena turns her into an ice statue, and the whole crowd cowers, except for Lucy Lane.
  • More miscellaneous dialog throughout the film with Selena and the omegahedron, more footage of Supergirl showing her strength, etc.
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Connections

Referenced in My Life as a Zucchini (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

What Is Love?
Written by Howard Jones & Bill Bryant
Performed by Howard Jones
Courtesy of WEA Records Limited
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User Reviews

 
Overlooked
24 January 2007 | by timhayes-1See all my reviews

Supergirl is a fine film that has been unjustly overlooked in the years. For those expecting a straight Superman clone with a girl instead of a grown man, then it was probably a shock to have so many fantasy elements in the mix. Granted a man flying and stopping bullets is very fantastical, but his villains were always very grounded on earth. Lex Luthor anyone? So when it was announced that Superman's cousin would be getting her own movie, I'm sure everyone had their own preconceived notion of what it would be like. The fact that Supergirl is up against a witch and battles demons may have been too much of a stretch for most. Hopefully, the film finally gets its due now that it is out on DVD since it really isn't a bad movie. Helen Slater brings a wide eyed innocence to the role. Some have called Kara a half-wit but that is not true. She is merely a sheltered girl who has never seen the world and when she does get to she has trouble interacting with it. Peter O'Toole is his usual wonderful self as the founder of Argo City and Kara's mentor. Faye Dunaway does a fine job as well as the sorceress. Indeed most of the cast do just fine. The only real downer is Hart Bochner as love interest than. This guy should never have been let even near a movie set. Ouch! Still, Supergirl is good clean fun. Trivia buffs can watch for Matt Frewer in a small role as a lascivious truck driver.


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