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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)  »

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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?


According to Nathaniel Thompson in an article at the TCMDb website, the picture was developed "around the same time as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) . . . (also originally a Columbia project) but took longer to reach the screen due to extensive talent assignments behind and in front of the camera". See more »


Starman and Jenny are driving in the Mustang just before the near-miss with the tractor-trailer; the sun is seen to be shining through the back window of the car, to their rear. After they pass through the intersection narrowly avoiding a collision, the sun is shining on the car from the front. 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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When you wish upon a Starman
31 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors and it's a shame that he has not yet won an Oscar. He has been acting for thirty-five years and only been nominated four times. Starman (1984) gave him his third nomination and while he had tough competition that year, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce in Amadeus, his performance is brilliant and every bit as good. The way that Bridges takes the character and the little glitches in his movement and speech are fascinating. It is a complete transformation and it's flawless. I was reminded of how Dustin Hoffman played his character in Rain Man with all his little stutters and twitching, but Hoffman studied the disease and had something to work with. Bridges pulls this performance off from scratch and hits a bullseye. Karen Allen and Charles Martin Smith are both good as well and the score is wonderful. The story may be a bit derivative and there are some story lulls, but who cares. This is a must-see movie simply for Bridges performance.

*** out of ****

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