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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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Romance | Sci-Fi

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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Starman  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,700,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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The film was Oscar nominated and received one Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor - Jeff Bridges, but lost out to F. Murray Abraham for Amadeus (1984). See more »

Goofs

The jet that shoots at the UFO was a Northrop F-20 Tigershark, a fighter prototype that never entered military service. Upon close inspection, one can see the civilian aircraft registry number on the rear of the fuselage. See more »

Quotes

Mark Shermin: [after seeing the pathology table with straps, bitterly:] Welcome to Planet Earth.
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Connections

References The Thing (1982) See more »

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Theme from New York, New York
(1977)
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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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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