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Starman -- Jeff Bridges stars as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to fall in love with an earthling (Karen Allen). Universally moving!
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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Bruce A. Evans (written by) &
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Release Date:
14 December 1984 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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  (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)
Bill Clift .... props (uncredited)
Tom Duffield .... set designer (uncredited)
Andrew P. Flores .... propmaker (uncredited)
Matt Furginson .... second leadman (uncredited)
Bill Magill .... propmaker (uncredited)
Gene Nollman .... set designer (uncredited)
Scott Rousseau .... propmaker (uncredited)
Larry Saltzer .... propmaker (uncredited)
Jerry Sargent .... propmaker (uncredited)
John Tyrrell .... paint foreman (uncredited)
James F. Walker .... 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
Anthony Marinelli .... special sound effects (uncredited)
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
Jeff Switzer .... special effects (uncredited)
Ron Trost .... special effects (uncredited)
Floyd Van Wey .... special effects (uncredited)
Al Wininger .... special effects (uncredited)
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)
Ned Gorman .... visual effects (uncredited)
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)
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
David L. Butler .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jeffrey R. Clark .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Blaise Dahlquist .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Daniel Dayton .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Fiore .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ray Gilberti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
M. Todd Henry .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William E. Kelley Jr. .... aerial photography (uncredited)
Jan Kiesser .... camera operator (uncredited)
Greg Langham .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Henry Minski .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Murray .... grip (uncredited)
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
John Powers .... grip (uncredited)
Kenny Reed .... crane operator: Titan crane (uncredited)
George Witthans .... second assistant camera (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
Andy Hylton .... costumer: men
Michael Lynn .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Virginia Katz .... assistant editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Craig Ridenour .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ken Lavet .... location manager: second unit
Patricia Ledford .... location manager: Tennessee
Paul Pav .... location manager
Douglas A. Raine .... location assistant (as Doug Raine)
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)
Anthony Marinelli .... performer: additional arrangements (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Turner .... transportation captain (as Dave Turner)
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Ray Appel .... driver: special effects (uncredited)
Jim Bennett .... driver: props (uncredited)
Pete Bianco .... driver: carrier (uncredited)
Ronald Brown .... driver: carrier (uncredited)
Denny Caira .... driver: carrier (uncredited)
Luis Lara .... driver: caterer (uncredited)
Joseph William Lomax .... driver: special effects (uncredited)
Juan Lopez .... driver: construction (uncredited)
John Matt .... driver: construction (uncredited)
Tim McHenry .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Bob Muehlig .... driver: starwagon (uncredited)
Bill Myers .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Lee Nashold .... insert driver (uncredited)
Paul Schuster .... driver: camera/sound (uncredited)
Don Trumbel .... driver (uncredited)
Ron Whann .... driver: grip (uncredited)
Gordon Wiles .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... driver (uncredited)
Rod Woverton .... driver (uncredited)
Dennis Yank .... driver: wardrobe (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
Scott Maher .... pilot
Carl Mazzocone .... researcher
Bridget Murphy .... assistant: to Messrs. Carpenter and Franco
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
Ted Abelara .... pilot: jetranger (uncredited)
J. Bagnall .... pilot: huey (uncredited)
Ron Bledsoe .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
C. Bogard .... pilot: huey (uncredited)
Loyd Catlett .... stand-in (uncredited)
James Cheatham .... pilot: huey (uncredited)
Donna Cipriani .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Dan Fisher .... mechanic: jetranger (uncredited)
Jim French .... mechanic: jetranger (uncredited)
Swede Gamble .... pilot: cameraship (uncredited)
Mark C. Haskins .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Hoch .... first aid (uncredited)
Steve Hopp .... pilot: jetranger (uncredited)
Ray Howard .... pilot: ferry (uncredited)
Alan Leicher .... pilot: huey (uncredited)
Scott Mitchelaca .... pilot: Los Angeles huey (uncredited)
Tom Patterson .... weapons (uncredited)
Lydia Pipatan .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
Rick Rischer .... pilot: jetranger (uncredited)
Rocky Roschford .... pilot: S-61 (uncredited)
John Silva .... safety (uncredited)
T. Stuart .... pilot: huey (uncredited)
Chuck Taylor .... mechanic: S-61 (uncredited)
Mike Wiklansky .... pilot: huey (uncredited)
Ed Zachman .... mechanic: huey (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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

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One of two 1984 films starring actor Jeff Bridges. Both were from the Columbia Pictures stable. The other movie was Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds (1984).See more »
Continuity: In the beginning as the Air Force is tracking the capsule it sends two fighters to intercept it. The fighters sent as initially seen appear to be two Convair F102 Delta Daggers. When the planes are seen again preparing to fire on the capsule the closeup shows the firing plane to be an F20 Tigershark that ultimately never got delivered to the Air Force for many reasons.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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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Jeff Bridges was never this good!, 27 February 2001
Author: Truman_Burbank from belgium

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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