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Starman (1984)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  14 December 1984 (USA)
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An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

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Jenny Hayden never did get over the death of her husband. So when an alien life form decides to model "himself" on the husband, Jenny is understandably confused if not terrified. The alien, or Starman, as he is called, has a deadline to meet, and kidnaps Jenny in order to meet it. Written by Rob Hartill

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He has traveled from a galaxy far beyond our own. He is 100,000 years ahead of us. He has powers we cannot comprehend. And he is about to face the one force in the universe he has yet to conquer. Love. See more »


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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,700,000 (USA)
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The movie represents a rare instance where a film from the science-fiction genre received an Academy Award nomination for acting [which was for Jeff Bridges for Best Actor]. See more »

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When the truck driver runs back to his vehicle and drives off, at least three wheels were on the road. It had stopped with two wheels off the road. See more »

Quotes

Cook: What's your line?
Starman: [imitates Cook's gruff affect] Line?
Cook: Work. Whaddya do when you're not hitchin' rides?
Starman: Oh, I make maps.
Cook: Make any money?
Starman: [pauses] I make maps.
Cook: Well, you don't get rich cookin' either!
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References Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) See more »

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Theme from New York, New York
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Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Published by CBS Unart Catalogue, Inc.
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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E.T. for adults
5 June 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed more people didn't point out the similarities in plot to E.T. when this adult version of basically the same tale came out. Maybe it was because Jeff Bridges performance is absolutely mesmerising, that you're much more interested in the characters than the plot, so you don't notice.

Basically, a perfect little movie. Beautifully and simply set up, the characters develop naturally in such a way that keeps you hooked right through to the end of the film. The strength of the central relationship distracts you from little infelicities, such as the fact that "Jennyhayden" seems remarkably incurious about her alien visitor - even after she gets to know him, it's not until he's about to leave that she asks him what his world is like! The film nicely points out the irony of our having extended welcoming greetings to the Universe, while our own mutual distrust causes us to shoot down every unexpected flying visitor. Having established that, however, Richard Jaekel's character seems to be pursuing the violent solution for its own sake without really exploring any motivation. When Charles Martin Smith points out that our behaviour does appear a little rude, Jaekel doesn't even have an answer for him - he's just going to try to kill the alien because that's his role in the movie I guess!

"Do you know what I find most beautiful about you? You are at your best when things are at their worst."

Well, it has been 19 years - I guess that the "boy baby" has grown up. Time for the sequel, methinks!!


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