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
'Jeff Bridges' was considered for director John Carpenter earlier work in movies like The Thing (1982) and Escape from New York (1981). Bridges was considered to play both R.J. Macready and Snake Plissken respectively, but the parts went to Kurt Russell who Carpenter was good friends with. Bridges became friends with Carpenter after working together on this picture. See more »
The Mustang II only has a license plate on the rear, and does not have one on the front. Wisconsin residents were at the time of the movie and are still to this day required to have both front and rear license plates. See more »
I have always admired Jeff Bridges, but it wasn't until now that I realized he made movies when he was younger. So I was surprised to see him in this role as an alien who does not understand anything of what's happening here on earth. I can now understand why he became such a star. His performance is really good, maybe one of the best things Bridges ever did in his career! But the movie is good on all levels. A strong story, that succeeds in avoiding all the predictable jokes about a stranger getting to know the customs of a new environment (like e.g. Crocodile Dundee, or Blast from the Past), good actors, strong directing and great special effects (Bridges' transformation from a baby to an adult!) that never predominate the rest of the story. It's hard to believe this movie is already 18 years old! Like many of these '80-movies, it has this timeless quality that makes a movie worth watching even twenty years later (just like Out of Africa, The Natural, Tootsie, E.T., Blade Runner,...). If you're looking for a sweet and strong movie that gets into your heart, watch this!
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