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Bruce A. Evans (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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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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)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (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
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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 movie was released about two and a half years after Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) had debuted.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Starman and Jenny are sitting in her car, looking at the map projection, it projects in the wrong direction on their faces. When the camera is behind them, Starman is sitting on the East coast side of the map. When the camera faces him, the West coast is projected on his face.See more »
Quotes:
Deer Hunter:[after almost getting run over by Jenny] Hey, take it easy!
Starman:[gives him the middle finger through the car window] Up yours!
Deer Hunter:I'm going to get that son of a bitch!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Better Tomorrow II (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beach NumberSee more »

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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
You may be shocked to read that this is one of the best science fiction movies ever made, 16 November 2008
Author: dee.reid from United States

John Carpenter directed "Starman" in 1984, hot off the mega-success of the landmark horror movie "Halloween" in 1978 and the cult science fiction/adventure flick "Escape from New York" in 1981. "Starman" was a significant departure and change-of-pace from all of Carpenter's earlier works.

While essentially a science fiction story involving all the essentials - aliens, the United States Army, government cover-ups, a countrywide chase adventure and what's this, an intergalactic love story? - Carpenter is able to make sense of the material in such a way that it is both respectful to the sci-fi genre, the sci-fi fans, and to the audience members who may not give a crap about this sort of stuff and only want their corn popped.

The biggest surprise about "Starman" is the script by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon. They're able to strip a laughable story of all that makes it laughable and create something new, something that is intelligent, heart-warming, action-packed, and romantic. Carpenter takes his cues from the material and makes everything in this wondrous sci-fi/action piece his own. And who can forget that awesome synthesizer score by Jack Nitzsche (strange since Carpenter usually composes his own film scores)?

Evans and Gideon's script, taking its cues from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) and "E.T. the Extraterrestrial" (1982), concerns an alien who has come to Earth after answering an invitation he found on the Voyager II space probe. However, his ship is attacked by fighter jets and he manages to make it to the Wisconsin cabin of young widow Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), still grieving the death of her husband. After sampling DNA taken from a lock of hair of her late husband, the alien grows into a human clone of him, where he is now played by the actor Jeff Bridges.

After overcoming the obvious speech barrier when he learns to speak in English, Starman then requests that Jenny Hayden drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona, where he will meet the mother ship that will take him back to his home planet. Unfortunately, they only have a few days before he'll die from what we can only guess is exposure to our atmosphere. Matters are further complicated when the military becomes involved, desperate to catch Starman at all costs, much to the horror of laboratory rat Mark Shermin (Charles Martin Smith). Along the way, Jenny grows from being fearful of this visitor from another planet, to respecting him and finally loving him, while he gets to learn about human beings and BEING human.

It's not enough to say that both Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen are this film's magical centerpiece. They certainly make for one of the most dynamic, unusual and interesting screen couples in cinematic history, certainly one of the best screen couples in the history of science fiction cinema. The real stand-out of course is Bridges. This is a role that he rightfully received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for. We see no trace of the actor "Jeff Bridges" in there, all we see is "Starman," defined largely by his awkward mannerisms and patterns of speech, and it is a skillful, humorous, and touching performance that is the pure anti-thesis to Carpenter's earlier "The Thing" (1982).

John Carpenter, unfortunately, has not received a whole lot of recognition for this picture. Although it remains his only film to go to the Oscars, I only hope that this touching, once-in-a-lifetime science fiction/adventure-romance gets the recognition it so rightfully deserves.

10/10

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