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Supergirl

Helen Slater and Ilya Salkind in publicity still for SUPERGIRL (1984)

Plot

After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 4.1/10 (7,876 voted)

Director:
Jeannot Szwarc

Stars: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole

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.

Cast:

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

Myra


Jenifer Landor

Muffy


Diana Ricardo

Mrs. Murray

Taglines:
Her first great adventure.

Release Date: 21 November 1984

Filming Locations: Black Park Country Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK



Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,738,249
(USA)
(25 November 1984)
(1608 Screens)

Gross: $14,296,000
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


(international version)
 |
USA:
(theatrical version)
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USA:
(director's cut)
 |
USA:
(original cut)
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Germany:
(Video Version)



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Almost 85% of the film was shot on giant sound stages at Pinewood Studios.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
When Selena breaks the brick wall, the concrete holding it flutters, revealing it's a mere brown piece of fabric.

Quotes:

Selena:
I'm considering nothing less than world domination.



User Review

Helen Slater is Superb, Faye Dunaway is Delicious, and Warner Bros. are MIFFED!

Rating: 10/10

First of all, I am sick of all the bad reviews people seem to say about
this
exceptional film. For starters, the film had over the top special
effects, a
GREAT
cast, BEAUTIFUL heroine, breathtaking musical score, good direction, and
all
else that goes with it! I saw this film as a young child during the whole
war in
early 1990, and let me tell you it was an experience that I haven't yet
forgotten!
The film deals with young Kara, from Argo City, the survivors of krypton.
She
loses the omegahedron, a power source of importance to her argo city. As
she
knows the consequences of the lost source, she travels to earth to
retrieve
it, but
it has fallen into the hands of the world domination hungry Selina, who
will
consider nothing less. Supergirl arrives on earth and the battle begins
between
good and evil. Supergirl faces a demonic force made from pure energy of
evil,
travels to a dangerous phantom zone. The film was panned for no reason
what
so ever, it has intellect and gracefullness, which the ruthless money
driven
critics obviously chose to ignore. The real root to this film's problems
is
not the
critics, but rather the studio and producers which finished this film.
First, they
didn't like Helen Slater. Ilya Salkind hath many a time mentioned the
regret
he
feels that they didn't get some pretty girl who couldn't act (Brooke
Sheilds) to do
the part. Then, he and his father dumped the film for god knows why! Next
in
line, Warners hailed to the Salkinds for giving them a good Superman, and
who
could blame them, but in this case, because of their doubts, they just
gave
up on
the film altogether. This film is piece by piece what superhero movie
making
is
all about. It cost $50 million to make, and the crew are still proud of
it!
DON'T
HINDER SOMEONE'S ART! Last but not least the cast are powerful and Helen
Slater is the best choice, no one care's what Ilya Salkind thinks! Faye
Dunaway,
who is very much proud of this film, gives a tounge in cheek performance
in
a
campy way! TRI-STAR, who picked this film up chopped the film up and
distributed it horribly. Now, Warners are miffed and trying to speak up
for
it, but
that's a different story. All in all, The film was a GREAT film from the
start, and
remains to this day thusly! Thank you to AnchorBay for recreating my
innocence
and happiness. Sad though, the irony of it is lost in today's generation.
A
10/10!