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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Phalen ...
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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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 »


Romance | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Starman  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


$28,700,000 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only John Carpenter film to have an Academy Award nomination (Jeff Bridges, Best Actor). See more »


When the Starman first forms in Jenny's house, he produces six silver balls. By the time they are in the modular home on wheels, he has two in his hands - one too many after emergency transmission, windshield map, lug wrench, deer and crash with oil tanker. 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 Film Geek (2005) 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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