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Actors: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Hart Bochner, Mia Farrow
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     2000     2hr 4min

Supergirl qualifies as one of the most bizarre comic book adaptations ever to hit the silver screen. Bereft of logic or sensible plotting, but featuring a strong cast and slick special effects, the film follows Superman's ...  more »


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Actors: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Hart Bochner, Mia Farrow
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Creators: Alan Hume, Malcolm Cooke, Ilya Salkind, Timothy Burrill, Al Plastino, David Odell, Otto Binder
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Superheroes, Indie & Art House, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/08/2000
Original Release Date: 11/21/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 11/21/1984
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 2hr 4min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 17
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, English
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Movie Reviews

Not a bad movie, not a great one either.....
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I know this movie is known far and wide as a flop, a disaster, an altogether awful movie. But I don't think it's really as bad as everyone says it is. "Supergirl" has some great actors. Helen Slater, and Faye Dunaway to name a couple. They're not at their best, but they give an overall good performance. Also, the musical score by Jerry Goldsmith is great. Especially the Supergirl theme. The special effects are, contrary to others opinions, actually some of the best I've seen in a Superhero movie. The flying sequences are great. The story, however, could use some work. Overall, though, Supergirl is an enjoyable movie for fans of Superman or Supergirl. It's entertaining and worth watching."
A flawed classic and guilty pleasure
Kevin G. Barkes | South Park, PA USA | 08/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Almost done in by a campy villainess subplot, Supergirl survives thanks to superb pre-cgi special effects (Chris Reeve praised it as the best flying he'd seen in any of the films), a solid Jerry Goldsmith score, and Helen Slater's, well, *goodness*, in the title role.I had the advantage of first seeing the film with my own then-seven-year-old blonde superheroine, and my daughter's expression of sheer delight as Kara skimmed over the lake and flew with the wild horses reminded me of the thrill I felt 30 years before when I watched George Reeves hurl himself out of the stockroom window and into the endlessly repetitive stock footage skies of Metropolis.This is one of those films where you filter out the silly story and watch the pretty pictures.Make certain to get the international widescreen edition. The film was butchered in its original American theatrical release."
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Supergirl!
Amaranth | Northern California | 05/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Supergirl" thrilled me when it opened back in 1984. Along with Wonder Woman and She-Ra, Supergirl was part of an era of female superheroines. "Supergirl" is a true camp classic. It marked Helen Slater's debut (and subsequent departure) from the silver screen. Faye Dunaway could've shouted,"No more kryptonite wire hangers!" but she's close enough. "Supergirl",along with "Puma Man",is one of the cheesiest superhero movies ever made.

"Supergirl" opens on the heroine's homeworld,with her mother Mia Farrow&her mentor Zaltar (Peter O'Toole,hammy as ever) They need the Omegahedron to restore their world. Supergirl,a.k.a. Kara,is sent to Earth. Her cousin Superman is mentioned, but never makes an appearance,since the late Christopher Reeve wanted nothing to do with this movie. Kara confronts thugs, goes to a boarding school. In the meantime, the evil sorceress Selena (Dunaway) is in control of an amusement park. She has a female companion (Brenda Vaccaro) Lest one think these two dowdy ladies are carrying on a super-Sapphic romance, Selena lusts for a hunky carpenter/gardener. And yet she wants world domination??? Somehow the Hunky Guy is in the middle of all of it. There are numerous cheesy battles. At one point, Supergirl is hurled into the Phantom Zone with Zaltar. Somehow,good triumphs in the end. But not good taste.

"Supergirl" is gloriously campy fun. Take flight!"
A great film
Amaranth | 07/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Enough comparing this movie to the Superman films. It was produced by the same people (Alexander and Ilya Salkind), but the similarites only go that far. If you consider Supergirl by itself, it is a great movie. The story isn't the best it could've been, but it's altogether very enjoyable. Helen Slater is very convincing as Supergirl. She plays the character exactly the way Supergirl should be done. The special effects are great, especially the flight scenes. And of course, Jerry Goldsmith's score is incredible! If you're not a film critic and just want a movie you can enjoy, Supergirl is for you."