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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Phalen ...
Tony Edwards ...
John Walter Davis ...
Ted White ...
Cop #1
Cop #2
Hot Rodder (as Sean Faro)
Cook (as Buck Flower)
Russ Benning ...
Ralph Cosham ...


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)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Starman  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$28,700,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer Dean Riesner removed the film's political story elements, what he has called the film's ''heavy political implications'', from the original script at the request of director John Carpenter. Riesner also took out some of the more outrageous story elements such as scene where the Starman makes his metamorphosis into replicant human form by way of genital cloning. See more »


After Starman removes the note Jenny left on the mirror in the restroom, he gets back in the car and asks her what "kidnapped" means (he pronounces it as if it has three syllables). We know he learned his limited English from the record on board the Voyager spacecraft. But he only heard the words - he doesn't know how to read them. See more »


Starman: I send greetings.
Brad Heinmuller: What the hell's going on here?
Jenny Hayden: I'm being kidnapped!
Starman: Greetings.
Brad Heinmuller: You better let her go pal, I'll give you some greetings.
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Written by Hank Cochran and Dean Dillon
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little bit great film
3 August 2003 | by (New Malden,England) – See all my reviews

A great little film, much better than I was expecting. Jeff Bridges gives one of his best and strangest performances as the "Starman" with robotic like movements and very funny mimicking of human behaviour. Karenallen is wide eyed and feisty. Only sour point is the over saccharine score by Jack Nitzsche, it hasn't aged well and is now a little painful to listen to. Otherwise this is a wonderful and charming film. (8/10)

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