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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:
Bridges Brings "Starman" To Life See more (133 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
Anthony Marinelli .... special sound effects: uncredited
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)
William E. Kelley Jr. .... aerial photography (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)
Anthony Marinelli .... performer: additional arrangements (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 name of the real life satellite from Earth that was sent into outer space in 1977 to send a message and invitation to possible other life forms was "Voyager II".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the first stop for fuel, Jenny "rolls" down the window to speak with the attendant, but the action and sound are that of a power window. The Mustang II was never offered with power windows.See more »
Quotes:
Jenny Hayden:[sees Starman looking like Scott]
[drops gun]
Jenny Hayden:Scott?
Starman:[picks up gun]
Jenny Hayden:You're not Scott!
Starman:...not... Scott...
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Soundtrack:
(I Can't Get No) SatisfactionSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Starman' based on a book?
Do we ever get to see the Starman in his alien form?
Is the crater in the movie a real crater?
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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Bridges Brings "Starman" To Life, 12 September 2000
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

In a joint venture by the governments of the world, a space probe is launched into the farthest reaches of the Galaxy bearing a message from the United Nations, as well as `Greetings' in fifty-four languages; it's purpose is to attempt to contact any extraterrestrial life and proffer an invitation to visit us here on Earth. In `Starman,' directed by John Carpenter, Jeff Bridges stars as the alien who responds, only to be met with a less than cordial greeting once he arrives. Encountering hosts with a militaristic, if-you-can't-identify-it-shoot-it-down attitude, Starman is forced to take refuge and elude the very ones he has traveled so far to see. The burning question of course is, why? And, unfortunately, nobody seems to know. For his striking portrayal of Starman, Bridges deservedly received a Best Actor nomination from the Academy, and it proves to be the highlight of the film. From the outset, even as he is transformed into the vessel he must occupy during his stay with us ( a terrific sequence), his presence on the screen is captivating. He truly creates a unique character, distinct in form and substance, from the physical gestures that define him, to the subtle emotional depth he so aptly demonstrates and uses so well to convey to us who this being really is. It is through him that we are drawn in to this story of the travails with which he is beset during his sojourn upon our world, and with him we can only try to understand the motivation of powerful men who seem to live their lives in fear of the unknown or diverse. As Jenny Hayden, the young woman who through circumstances beyond her control becomes involved with Starman, Karen Allen adds just the right touch of sympathy to underscore the emotional situation in which Jenny finds herself ensconced. And there's just enough chemistry between her and Bridges to make this special relationship between their characters work effectively. Ultimately, how they relate to one another, and the tenderness with which they pursue their objective, becomes the real thrust and focal point of the story. Carpenter, in fact, would have been well advised to have stayed more within the parameters of that relationship and explored the workings thereof, rather than divesting the story into other, less fruitful areas and surrounding the main characters with a plethora of stringent stereotypes. While an entertaining film, `Starman' is surprisingly lacking in originality and imagination, both in story and direction; not to say this isn't a worthwhile endeavor, because it is, and it's definitely worth seeing. But it just seems that Carpenter could have mined the emotional depths a little more, developed the connection between Starman and Jenny more fully. Had he taken that path, this could have been a truly exceptional movie. As it is, it's a good film, better than the average sci-fi offering (especially for it's time, 1984), but given that Bridges brought so much to this with his creation of such a memorable character, the movie as a whole could have been so much more. The supporting cast includes Charles Martin Smith (Mark), Richard Jaeckel (Fox), Robert Phalen (Major Bell), Dirk Blocker (Cop #1) and M.C. Gainey (Cop #2). Although it is not what you would call a `great' or `classic' movie, `Starman' does succeed in making us take pause to reconsider some of our possibly preconceived notions of the way things are or should be; in the end, it's a call for understanding and love between all people everywhere, and a proposition put forth for universal peace. And with a theme like that, combined with the terrific performance by Bridges, you could do a lot worse for an evenings entertainment. I rate this one 7/10.

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