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
When Jeff Bridges walks outside the house naked and uses a 'marble' his hair seems to stand on end. This effect was actually created by shooting Bridges hanging upside-down and then matting the shot onto the background the right way up to give him a surreal look. See more »
When the big ship is coming into the crater, Mark Shermin (Charles Martin Smith) is looking up as he stands in a group of soldiers who are looking straight out and acting like nothing is happening. Later, when the ship has come down, the scene shows Shermin looking outward and only one of the four or five soldiers is looking up with wonder. See more »
[Starman is driving the car, and speeds across a recently turned red light, causing crashes for the other motorists]
Okay? Are you crazy? You almost got us killed! You said you watched me, you said you knew the rules!
I do know the rules.
Oh, for your information pal, that was a *yellow* light back there!
I watched you very carefully. Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast.
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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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