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Supergirl (1984)

  PG Closed Captioning

Jeannot Szwarc

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About the Movie

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 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 3.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Miss Slater makes a four-square heroine of unrelenting sincerity; a sturdy ingenue, she is great fun to look at but hardly a live wire. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Screenplay is filled with witty lines and enjoyable characters, but Jeannot Szwarc's direction is rather flat. – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Why even go to the trouble of making a movie that feels like it's laughing at itself? – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: This is one comic-book feature that doesn't fly. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Not great but not to bad either

Good cheesy 80's fun, even though i do believe that this and Catwoman are the primary reasons that we don't have a live action Wonder Woman movie.

Awesome! Brings Back Memories

I may be the only one, but I will always enjoy watching this show. It brings back many memories as a kid, plus I will always have a crush on Helen Slater :). A definitely must-see

Guilty pleasure

This film reminds me of Calvin Trillin's suggested state motto for New Jersey: "Not as bad as you might have expected."

I remember taking my then seven-year-old daughter to the theater when it was released at Thanksgiving in 1984. She says she doesn't remember seeing it, but the movie made a big impression on me. The plot and direction are wincingly bad, but Helen Slater is perfectly cast in the title role, it's one of Jerry Goldsmith's best scores, and the flying sequences are simply phenomenal.

Remember, this is pre-cgi stuff. Flying was done with wires, with the Zoptic front projection system, and with some surprisingly primitive tricks. For example, the effects crew resorted to using a full-size photographic poster cutout for the scene where Supergirl flies up out of the water. They couldn't think of any other way of doing the shot without Ms. Slater getting thoroughly and un-photogenically drenched.

I remember seeing Christopher Reeve on The Tonight Show shortly after Supergirl's original release. At the time, his relations with the Salkinds (the producers of the Superman films) were strained, and he had refused to appear in Supergirl, even in a brief cameo. Despite the bad feelings, Reeve praised Slater's performance and said the flying sequences were superior to those in Superman and Superman II, especially the wire work. Kara's arrival on Earth- the "aerial ballet," done with a wire flying rig, and the Zoptic front projection sequence which immediately follows- are almost flawless. That alone is worth the price of the download, along with Helen Slater's performance in her first motion picture role. She's so charming, wholesome and sincere that you find it impossible to *not* like this big, slobbering mongrel of a movie.

Supergirl (1984)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1984

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