Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.
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
The film was intended to be the first in a series. Its lack of box-office success ended those plans. 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 »
People will do anything for love. They'll jump off cliffs for love. They'll drown themselves like lemmings. So... I'll make everybody love me.
Oh, no chance. You're an awful person, honey, remember? Forget it.
Use your imagination, pinhead. That's what magic is all about.
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Other scenes not included in the director's cut include:
Supergirl cuts her hair with laser vision.
Linda Lee and Lucy Lane talk about guys, about Linda fitting in, and about Lucy borrowing a shirt that belongs to Linda.
Nigel asks Linda Lee if she has plans for the three day weekend(right before "the map" sequence)
Supergirl tells Selena she will only bow to truth and justice(During the showdown at Selena's home.)
During the midvale protest scene, the young woman who stands up to Selena is killed. After standing in front of the car, Selena turns her into an ice statue, and the whole crowd cowers, except for Lucy Lane.
More miscellaneous dialog throughout the film with Selena and the omegahedron, more footage of Supergirl showing her strength, etc.
This was the first time I ever saw Helen Slater, and rightaway I knew she was the most beautiful lady in the world! (Sorry ladies!)
I think there are some classic lines that have been overlooked: I remember when the Tractor went wild in Midvale, and Linda/Supergirl was searching for a place to change into her costume, she spied the Ladies' Room, and dashed toward it at super-speed, plowing into a woman who was just coming out. Linda apologized, "Sorry, I'm in a rush!" and shot inside. The woman looked wry. "I know what you mean!"
Perhaps Zaltar (Peter O'Toole) wasn't as important as he could have been. Although I thought Faye Dunaway was perfect as Selena (a little type-casting courtesy of Mommie Dearest), I prefer to wonder what would have happened if Zaltar had been just a little more complex (he's an artist, after all!) and a little more selfish, and actually followed through with his plans to see Outer Space with the assistance of the Omegahedron.
Then he might have been the villain of the piece, and the most dangerous kind of villain: the villain an audience can sympathize with. Then the audience would have been torn between wanting Zaltar to succeed, and wanting Kara/Supergirl to stop him before the loss of the Omegahedron destroys Argo City.
Oh! And I would've liked to see how Argo City was torn away more or less whole from Krypton as the planet detonated, and wound up in Inner Space, trapped in a warp that only Kal-El's little spaceship was equipped to navigate and exit.
I don't think it's over for Supergirl, her story could be REtold (a la Batman), but I'd only be interested in a remake if the filmmakers would remain true to the style of THIS movie (Supergirl (1984), rather than opting for a trendy, dark, angst-ridden "hero" (I use the term loosely) in a demented action "adventure". I miss the bright, cheerful style of the old Superman comics, from the 50's, 60's and 70's, and I'd love to see that back on the big screen, like Superman The Movie and Superman II, and . . . naturally, Supergirl - The First Adventure.
This is a beautiful, dream-like jewel of a movie, a real Pink Panther (I refer, of course, to the diamond).
That breath-taking, emotional moment as Supergirl arrives on Earth, and discovers her powers and her new environment, in my humble opinion, is unmatched in all the Super-movies.
Jerry Goldsmith's score, especially the Supergirl March and the Love Theme are stirring and moving respectively, and easily equal to John Williams' contributions to the Superman movies. I have Jerry's score on CD (thanks to Silva Screen Records) and the Supergirl Main Theme is my Favorite Movie Theme of all time.
(Superman was and is my hero, Superman II (1980) was THE defining movie of my youth, and I can probably sing you the entire score to Superman III, but I love the Supergirl themes more.)
And if a widescreen, remastered version of this movie ever becomes available "Down Under" , I want to see it!
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