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Starman (1984)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  14 December 1984 (USA)
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Reviews: 132 user | 58 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

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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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?


John Badham replaced Adrian Lyne as director. When E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) came out, Badham felt the two movies were too similar, and left to go to United Artists to make WarGames (1983). See more »


When Jenny and the Starman run from the pickup truck to the freight car, it is raining in a downpour. But it is obvious the sky is clear, and about 50 yards beyond the pickup truck the ground is dry. See more »


Starman: I thought guns make you a little bit jumpy.
Jenny Hayden: You make me a little bit jumpy.
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Referenced in The Biblical Numerics of 9/11 (2004) See more »


Beach Number
from From Here to Eternity (1953)
Written by George Duning
Published by Mills Music, Inc.
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"Define Love"
30 October 1999 | by (Jacksonville, Florida) – See all my reviews

This beautiful and funny science fiction film comes very close to being my all-time favorite movie. This film is about love. An alien lands on Earth to investigate the life-forms, and encounters Karen Allen. A cross-country chase ensues as our alien has to meet up with his starship in Arizona.

But for me, the main point of this film is not the chase, the cloning by the alien, the humor throughout the film, or the eventual outcome which led into the subsequent TV series. The focal point comes in the diner where our alien asks Karen Allen to "Define Love." If everyone would take this definition to heart, this world would be a much better place!

This is what movie making should strive to achieve. This film has virtually everything... romance, humor, action, suspense, a gorgeous soundtrack, beautiful cinematography, an intelligent screenplay with a most important message, and talented actors and actresses. I gave it a SOLID 10!

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