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Starman -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Bruce A. Evans (written by) &
Raynold Gideon (written by)
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Release Date:
14 December 1984 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
When you wish upon a Starman See more (119 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
Bruce A. Evans (written by) &
Raynold Gideon (written by)

Dean Riesner  uncredited

Produced by
Barry Bernardi .... co-producer
Michael Douglas .... executive producer
Bruce A. Evans .... associate producer
Larry J. Franco .... producer
Raynold Gideon .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Donald M. Morgan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman (edited by)
 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
 
Production Design by
Daniel A. Lomino  (as Daniel Lomino)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
 
Makeup Department
Pete Altobelli .... makeup artist (as Peter Altobelli)
Rick Baker .... starman transformation
Jack Bricker .... starman transformation crew: Stan Winston unit
Norman Bryn .... starman transformation crew: Dick Smith unit
Ellis Burman Jr. .... starman transformation crew: Stan Winston unit
Allen Coulter .... starman transformation crew: Rick Baker unit
Doug Drexler .... starman transformation crew: Dick Smith unit (as Douglas Drexler)
George Engel .... starman transformation crew: Dick Smith unit
Tom Hester .... starman transformation crew: Rick Baker unit
Tim Lawrence .... starman transformation crew: Rick Baker unit
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
Dick Smith .... starman transformation
Stan Winston .... starman transformation
Tony Gardner .... starman transformation crew: Rick Baker unit (uncredited)
John Rosengrant .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tom Joyner .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Alves .... second unit director
Jeffrey Chernov .... first assistant director: second unit
Jeffrey Chernov .... second assistant director
Larry J. Franco .... first assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Nilo Otero .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Joe Alves .... visual consultant
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (as Larry Bird)
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator
William J. Durrell Jr. .... set designer (as William Joseph Durrell Jr.)
Bill Gay .... leadman
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator
Bob Lawless .... standby painter
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master
Lloyd A. Buswell .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer (as Tommy Causey)
Jay Engel .... adr editor (as Jay Engle)
Hank Garfield .... boom operator
Steve Maslow .... re-recording mixer
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... supervising sound editor (as Tom C. McCarthy Jr.)
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Bill Varney .... re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special effects coordinator
Bill Lee .... special effects
Kevin Quibell .... special effects
David Simmons .... special effects
Dick Wood .... special effects
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Barbara Affonso .... model maker: ILM
Craig Barron .... matte camera supervisor: ILM
Patricia Blau .... production coordinator: ILM
Lance Brackett .... stage technician: ILM
Barbara Brennan .... assistant animator: ILM
Wade Childress .... assistant matte cameraman: ILM
Peter Daulton .... assistant cameraman: ILM
Dick Dova .... stage technician: ILM
Christopher Evans .... matte artist: ILM (as Chris Evans)
Scott Farrar .... visual effects cameraman: ILM
Robert Finley Jr. .... miniature pyrotechnics: ILM (as Finley Jr.)
Warren Franklin .... general manager: ILM
Joe Fulmer .... assistant cameraman: ILM
Michael Gleason .... chief visual effects editor: ILM
Ralph Gordon .... optical line-up: ILM
Caroleen Green .... matte artist: ILM
Toby Heindel .... assistant cameraman: ILM
Robert Hill .... assistant cameraman: ILM (as Bob Hill)
Ed Jones .... optical line-up: ILM
Bill Kimberlin .... visual effects editor: ILM
James Lim .... optical camera operator: ILM
Mike MacKenzie .... equipment engineering supervisor: ILM (as Michael MacKenzie)
Jeff Mann .... model maker: ILM
Michael J. McAlister .... director of visual effects photography: ILM (as Michael McAlister)
Ted Moehnke .... miniature pyrotechnics: ILM (as Moehnke)
Michael Moore .... assistant editor: ILM
Charlie Mullen .... animation supervisor: ILM
Bruce Nicholson .... supervisor of special effects
Kerry Nordquist .... still photography: ILM
Frank Ordaz .... matte artist: ILM
Ease Owyeung .... supervising model maker: ILM
Michael Pangrazio .... matte painting supervisor: ILM
Thomas Rosseter .... optical line-up: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Kenneth Smith .... optical camera operator: ILM
Peter Stolz .... miniature pyrotechnics: ILM (as Stolz)
Pat Sweeney .... visual effects cameraman: ILM
Larry Tan .... model maker: ILM
Bruce Walters .... head effects animator: ILM
Chuck Wiley .... model maker: ILM
Joan Collins Carey .... CGI producer: laser animation (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marguerite Happy .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts (as Bob Jauregui)
William T. Lane .... stunts (as Bill Lane)
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (as John Scott)
Loyd Catlett .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... best boy
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Hugo Cortina .... gaffer
Richard Dow .... dolly grip
George Kohut .... camera operator: Tennessee
Peter Kuttner .... camera assistant: second unit
Marc Margulies .... second assistant cameraman
George Mooradian .... camera assistant: Tennessee
Steven Poster .... director of photography: second unit (as Steve Poster)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant cameraman
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator (as Chris Schweibert)
Eric Smith .... best boy
Calvin Sterry .... key grip (as Cal Sterry)
Joseph F. Valentine .... panaglide operator (as Joe Valentine)
Dean Williams .... still photographer: Tennessee
Clay H. Wilson .... second grip (as Clay Wilson)
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Henry Minski .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Jeff Wolf .... assistant camera: Tennessee (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Pennie DuPont .... additional casting (as Pennie Du Pont)
Stacey Rhodes .... extras casting: Arizona & Tennessee
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Michel Bush .... costumer: women's
Andy Hylton .... costumer: men's
 
Editorial Department
Virginia Katz .... assistant editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Craig Ridenour .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Brian Banks .... music performer
Brian Banks .... music programmer
Anthony Marinelli .... music performer
Anthony Marinelli .... music programmer
Curt Sobel .... supervising music editor
Brooks Arthur .... music producer (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli .... music producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
David Turner .... transportation captain (as Dave Turner)
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Roger Wooge .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Theresa Curtin .... assistant: Messrs. Carpenter and Franco
James Deeth .... aerial coordinator (as Jim Deeth)
Bill Evans .... pilot
Harry Hauss .... pilot
Michael Hill .... production accountant (as Mike Hill)
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Larry Kirsch .... pilot
Kevin LaRosa .... pilot
Ken Lavet .... location manager: second unit
Patricia Ledford .... location manager: Tennessee
Scott Maher .... pilot
Carl Mazzocone .... researcher
Bridget Murphy .... assistant: to Messrs. Carpenter and Franco
Paul Pav .... location manager
Douglas A. Raine .... location assistant (as Doug Raine)
Robin Rogers .... pilot
Carol Rosenthal .... assistant: to Mr. Bernardi
Peter J. Silbermann .... ad-pub coordinator
Steve Sirk .... pilot
Duane Williams .... pilot
Anna Zappia .... production coordinator
Ron Bledsoe .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Mark C. Haskins .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Starman" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
115 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The make and model of the vintage jalopy car seen briefly in the movie in a car chase with the cops was a black 1930s Ford V8 Roadster Hot Rod.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Sherman arrives at the Indian country diner the sun casts the shadows of the police cars directly towards the building. A few minutes later when Jenny & Starman leave, the shadows have moved round 90 degrees.See more »
Quotes:
[Fox looks in diner to verify that Starman and Jenny Hayden have been set free]
George Fox:Shermin, you are finished. I will have you eviscerated for this.
Mark Shermin:'ell, as much as I hate to stoop to symbolism.
[Shermin takes a puff from cigar and blows smoke into Fox's face]
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
(I Can't Get No) SatisfactionSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Is the crater in the movie a real crater?
How did the government agents know that the alien went to Jenny's house and assumed the body of her dead husband?
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45 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
When you wish upon a Starman, 31 December 2004
Author: Oliver-50 from United States

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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