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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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Ted White ...
Cop #1
Cop #2
Hot Rodder (as Sean Faro)
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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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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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The film's six directors from development through to production were as follows, in order of attachment: Mark Rydell, Adrian Lyne, John Badham, Tony Scott, Peter Hyams and finally John Carpenter. See more »


At the Bowdark truck stop we hear Jenny put the credit card down on the table. Change camera and we see her put the card down a second time. See more »


[Starman and Jenny are looking at a dead deer strapped to the hood of a car]
Deer Hunter: Cried when you saw Bambi?
Starman: Define 'Bambi'?
Deer Hunter: Huh?
Jenny Hayden: He doesn't understand, he's not from around here.
Deer Hunter: [laughs] You don't speaking English, huh? Heh-hey!
[walks away snickering]
Jenny Hayden: [to Starman] Steer clear of that bozo.
Starman: Define 'bozo'?
Jenny Hayden: Jerk.
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Good Company!
6 June 2003 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Hey what a beautiful movie! Even as an alien, Jeff Bridges was brilliant. Karen Allen, as usual, gave her all and lit up the screen. The chemistry between the two was a delight.

This is not your typical over the top FX SciFi. It is an action drama with an underlying love story that would interest, even those who don't like this genre. But then I suppose if John Carpenter were to make a movie about the number 2758.369, it would be a interesting!

What more can I say - Great stuff!

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