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Starman (1984)

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:
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Tony Edwards ...
John Walter Davis ...
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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In 1977 Voyager II was launched into space, inviting all lifeforms in the universe to visit our planet. Get ready. Company's coming. See more »


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Release Date:

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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In an interview with 'Starlog' magazine, actress Karen Allen said: "The role is a complete study in imagination. I spend the film building and sustaining an emotional state. What happens to Jenny never has and won't happen to me . . . [director John Carpenter] is a really nice guy. The people working with him have a really nice thing going. They've developed this strong support system. He has chosen a good group of people. They stay with him film after film. They can bounce things off of each other in order to get the film made. I had a good time making Starman (1984)". See more »


In the hanger when Shermin is playing the alleged Voyager golden record, the turntable is turning counter-clockwise (instead of clockwise) and is rotating at a much higher speed than the 16-2/3 RPM at which the Voyager record was intended to be played. See more »


Jenny Hayden: Love is, um, it's when you care more for someone else than you do yourself.
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Theme from New York, New York
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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25 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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Yes, forgive me; I was young once and I adored this movie. I was in my twenties and in love, oh how we loved this film. What wrecked it is I went to college developed my brain and she dumped me. I tell you this, for perhaps there may be a tad of latent hostility that has generalized from her to the movie. First, he is 100,000 years ahead of us and this is his functionality in our primitive culture? Look, the hen head movements get old really quickly and his whole depiction of such an advanced culture is utterly silly and poorly written. As a misanthropist, I can assure you when things are worst we are not at our best; wait till the power grid goes down you will see THE ROAD and not STARMAN. The main problem with the film besides its complete lack of verisimilitude is its need to milk the audience shamelessly for tears. One gooey scene after another with the requisite he loves all creatures great and small. Sorry, young people once you age, trust me the film loses its luster. Go out into the world; things will change your adoration of people.

Bridges gives quite an overrated, unbelievable performance not close to being Oscar worthy. His actions do not bespeak an advanced culture; he, frankly, behaves like a sentimental, retarded person. It just never works. Their romance is so hurried and utterly silly. Tell me how to say goodbye? Tell me how to barf in the bag? Tell me how to flush the toilet? Does this seem like an alien 100,000 years ahead of us? The same evil government crap, we got in E.T., the monolithic army of faceless villains. Most of you are too young to remember that this came out one year after E.T. and you do not see it as we did then. John Carpenter's attempt to hurry and cash in on E.T. This was marketed as an adult version of E.T.

Trust me, an alien that far ahead of us would not be remotely this helpless. We would be the helpless ones. I do not care for the new DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL but its depiction of what we would be to them is excellent. Klatu smiles at Bates when she tells him they will have to hold him; like give it a try ape woman. How did that go? Remember when the helicopters try to kill him, he turns their laser beams as guides for his energy and blows them up with a look of how pathetic their weapons are, you poor monkey boys. I understand that Carpenter has to draw him this way for the romantic needs of the movie; this is the core of why the film is so bad. It is a romance with science fiction in the background and the reality of the alien is sacrificed to make the romance work. An alien like that would be as afraid of us as much as we are of a squirrel. Please, and the stupidity of his trying to be human as if it is such a conundrum; please the self aggrandizement of humans kissing their own collective butts is quite nauseating. Go to Auschwitz then tell me how noble we are how about Pol Pot and the killing fields. Look if you are going to J off try not to make us all watch? Those of us who know our history.

I gave one star for Jaekal and Martin Smith who are great actors; their scenes together are one of the only reasons to endure this gooey, silly, utterly stupid piece of crap. If you want syrup like this watch E.T. go all the way down the maple syrup gooey fantasy H job.

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