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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)
683 ( 233)
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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


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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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:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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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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Did You Know?


The movie was completed by Warner Brothers. After Superman III (1983), Warner Brothers decided not to release it. Tri-Star Pictures picked it up, and cut it from 126 minutes to 105 minutes. Warner Brothers eventually regained full rights to the film and finally released it on DVD in 2006 in its international cut. See more »


In Superman, Lois Lane says that her sister (Lucy Lane) have three kids. In this movie, Lucy is portrayed as a teenager, in 1984 (six years later). See more »


Mr. Danvers: Lucy Lee, this is Linda Lane.
Lucy Lane: No, it isn't. She's Linda Lee, and I'm...
Linda Lee: Lucy Lane.
Mr. Danvers: You two know each other?
Linda Lee: Oh, no, we just met.
Mr. Danvers: Really? When?
Lucy Lane: Just now. Though we've known each other for years, haven't we, Linda?
Linda Lee: Oh, gee, I don't think that.
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning credits real silver is flashed at you. 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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inventive, creative, HIGHLY underated, artistic
27 November 2002 | by Andras_JSee all my reviews

I could make this very long, or I could make it strict. stricted? yes... This is a truely wonderfull movie that on a mainstreame level has never gotten the attention it deserves. Faye Dunaway is a excellant adversory to Helen Slater and almost everyone in this movie seems to have a great chemistry together wich is outputed highley during it. The special FX are wonderfull and were advanced for its time, many in the movie even to today's standards. It has its roots in artistic litrature, it has heart, because the movie is about a teenager there is a vulrability to it wich feels more humane and personal to a level of a teenager myself...unlike the Superman movies where you simply feel "yes, he's super...he can do anything. good for him" This movie suffered for many reasons wich isn't about its story. It was marketed purley as a Superman "action sueprhero" sort of movie. When the fact is there is a more gentile apraoch to this film, sourcery, love and lots of imaginative things wich make it very unique to the superhero genre. unfortunatley it doesn't do it much favours considering to many it is the worst superhero movie ever. Everything about this movie is very imaginative and creative. From Supergirl flying out of a lake without getting wet to her almost flawless flying ballet (THATS when u believe a person can fly. Unlike Supermans blue screen FX) and the highly inspireing fair ground scenes. This is purley fantasy. Not a Spiderman/Superman action superhero movie wich it was promoted to be. So its real targeted audience didn't want to see it as its trailer and promotion didn't look like "their sorta thing" and the people that did see it were dissapointed as it wasn't what it was said to be. so let me say...STUPID marketting team!simply...its like making American Pie SOUND LIKE the matrix. Many people saw Supergirl and did not expect to see many of the things they saw.

If this film was marketed the way it should have been and released the way it should have been (some countries got a seriously bad edited version wich effected the charactors allot) then this would have been the success everyone thought at the time and still deserves to be This is a great movie and its one of my favourites. I don't think I could praise it enough. I think its not what many people wanted ot see back then though...they wanted explosions, action and they wanted Superman to fit into this film.

I think the fact that Supergirl arrived on earth in the supercostume without no actual logic was bad. Because firstly you need rules, and even more so in fantasy movies. Because it may be fantasy but you still should believe it. I think it could have easily been written in for Supergirl to get her costume. Zaltar could have made her it because she is a big admirer of her cousin Superman. But no, unfortunatley it isn't once explained how and were she got her costume from. Also...the instant costume portrays that she is an instant hero and she wasn't wich let many people down. As she was still nieve, cute and girly and not the strong wilded heroine she turned out to be at the end.

Also, this movie arguable did not fit into the superman mythology very well...But so be it. There is no flaw in this movie that could effect the enjoyment and believability of the movie. On its DVD release there are more visual flaws then I saw on its video release wich is surprising. Not many however but on her first ever flying shot there are...wich makes me cringe. HOWEVER, I am still to see better better flying in a movie that isn't from Supergirl. Highlights of this movie deffanitly are Supergirls flying ballet (you will never see anything as visually wonderfull and pretty as this in a film) and Supergirls scenes with Ethan. This movie is full of heart and art, with beautifull actors and its all acompanied by a wonderfull score wich captures allot of emotion and depth.

I will end this review with that you WILL believe a girl can fly. Because most of the time...it is live flying and not against a screen (when will you learn Superman?)

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