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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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Additional Details

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)

Did You Know?

Writer Dean Riesner removed the film's political story elements, what he has called the film's ''heavy political implications'', from the original script at the request of director John Carpenter. Riesner also took out some of the more outrageous story elements such as scene where the Starman makes his metamorphosis into replicant human form by way of genetic cloning.See more »
Errors in geography: (at around 1h 26 mins) They talk about the meteor crater being south of Winslow, AZ when in fact, the crater is approx 18 miles WEST of Winslow, AZ.See more »
Starman:What is kid-nap-ped?
Jenny Hayden:You want to know what kidnapped is? It's being dragged out of your house in the middle of the night by some... whatever you are... being forced to drive all night with a gun pointed at your side and not knowing where you're going or what's going to happen to you when you get there. So if you're going to shoot me, go ahead! Because I'd rather be shot than go on being scared to death.
Starman:[points the gun at Jenny's head]
Jenny Hayden:Go ahead!
Starman:[releases the clip from the gun] I mean you no harm, Jenny Hayden.
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
MaudlinMan, 25 May 2015
Author: garthbarnes-97268 from United States

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Yes, forgive me; I was young once and I adored this movie. I was in my twenties and in love, oh how we loved this film. What wrecked it is I went to college developed my brain and she dumped me. I tell you this, for perhaps there may be a tad of latent hostility that has generalized from her to the movie. First, he is 100,000 years ahead of us and this is his functionality in our primitive culture? Look, the hen head movements get old really quickly and his whole depiction of such an advanced culture is utterly silly and poorly written. As a misanthropist, I can assure you when things are worst we are not at our best; wait till the power grid goes down you will see THE ROAD and not STARMAN. The main problem with the film besides its complete lack of verisimilitude is its need to milk the audience shamelessly for tears. One gooey scene after another with the requisite he loves all creatures great and small. Sorry, young people once you age, trust me the film loses its luster. Go out into the world; things will change your adoration of people.

Bridges gives quite an overrated, unbelievable performance not close to being Oscar worthy. His actions do not bespeak an advanced culture; he, frankly, behaves like a sentimental, retarded person. It just never works. Their romance is so hurried and utterly silly. Tell me how to say goodbye? Tell me how to barf in the bag? Tell me how to flush the toilet? Does this seem like an alien 100,000 years ahead of us? The same evil government crap, we got in E.T., the monolithic army of faceless villains. Most of you are too young to remember that this came out one year after E.T. and you do not see it as we did then. John Carpenter's attempt to hurry and cash in on E.T. This was marketed as an adult version of E.T.

Trust me, an alien that far ahead of us would not be remotely this helpless. We would be the helpless ones. I do not care for the new DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL but its depiction of what we would be to them is excellent. Klatu smiles at Bates when she tells him they will have to hold him; like give it a try ape woman. How did that go? Remember when the helicopters try to kill him, he turns their laser beams as guides for his energy and blows them up with a look of how pathetic their weapons are, you poor monkey boys. I understand that Carpenter has to draw him this way for the romantic needs of the movie; this is the core of why the film is so bad. It is a romance with science fiction in the background and the reality of the alien is sacrificed to make the romance work. An alien like that would be as afraid of us as much as we are of a squirrel. Please, and the stupidity of his trying to be human as if it is such a conundrum; please the self aggrandizement of humans kissing their own collective butts is quite nauseating. Go to Auschwitz then tell me how noble we are how about Pol Pot and the killing fields. Look if you are going to J off try not to make us all watch? Those of us who know our history.

I gave one star for Jaekal and Martin Smith who are great actors; their scenes together are one of the only reasons to endure this gooey, silly, utterly stupid piece of crap. If you want syrup like this watch E.T. go all the way down the maple syrup gooey fantasy H job.

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