November 21st, 1984



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Helen Slater and Ilya Salkind in publicity still for 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.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 4.1/10 (7,876 voted)

Director: Jeannot Szwarc

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

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.

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

Did You Know?

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

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

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!


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