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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Sgt. Lemon, the crew chief on board the C&C helicopter wears the insignia of the 82nd Airborne Division on his right shoulder (indicating combat service). This has been worn with the "Airborne" tab since the end of World War I. Additionally all of the soldiers wear the "First US Army" patch on their left shoulder - the 1st US Army at the time was a headquarters unit at Fort Meade Maryland. And while it makes sense that the C&C chopper would be fitted out this way (Fort Meade is the home of the NSC) it doesn't make sense that the combat forces detailed to them in the southwest US would not be wearing their local insignia. See more »

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Starman: [with mouth full] That Dutch apple pie!
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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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