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Synopsis: Kara heads out to Earth in pursuit of a powerful device needed to maintain life at her home.

Reaction: This addition to the big-screen Superman world gets largely overlooked. The story is not as gripping as it wants to be, but there are moments that work well.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Jeannot Szwarc => Director
David Odell => Writer
Jerry Goldsmith => Composer
Brenda Vaccaro => Bianca
David Healy => Mr. Danvers
Faye Dunaway => Selena
Hart Bochner => Ethan
Helen Slater => Kara / Supergirl / Linda Lee
Marc McClure => Jimmy Olsen
Matt Frewer => Eddie, Truck Driver
Maureen Teefy => Lucy Lane
Mia Farrow => Alura
Peter Cook => Nigel
Peter O'Toole => Zaltar
Simon Ward => Zor-El

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • With a total gross of 14 million dollars this movie made the least money of all the films in the [Superman] series, followed just behind Superman IV: The Quest for Peace which made 15 million. The total budget for Supergirl was 35.
  • Brooke Shields was the first choice for the role of Supergirl, and Christopher Reeve was going to have a substantial role. The original script had Supergirl trying to rescue Superman who had fallen ill due to Selena's magic.
  • The dean of the college that Linda Lee attends is named Mr. Danvers. In the Supergirl comics, Linda was adopted by a family named Danvers, and even took on their surname, Linda Lee-Danvers.
  • Marc McClure also played "Jimmy Olsen" in all 4 [Superman] films.
  • Demi Moore was slated to play Lucy Lane, but opted out at the last moment.
  • The scene where Supergirl flies out of the lake was actually a photograph of Helen Slater pasted on a wooden cut-out.
  • Several references to Superman as Supergirl's cousin. A poster of Superman is displayed at Supergirl's college room.
  • Helen Slater had to train three hours a day for three months to do the outdoor flying sequences where she was suspended by wires from a 200ft tower crane.
  • John Williams' theme for Superman appears briefly in Jerry Goldsmith's score.
  • Helen Slater's film debut.