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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Starman can be found here.
While the world watches the 1977 launch of Voyager II carrying greetings from Earth into outer space, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen) is grieving over the recent death of her husband Scott (Jeff Bridges). When an alien decides to take up the greeting and tries to land on Earth, his spaceship is shot at, causing him to crash land near Chequamegon Bay in northern Wisconsin just across the bay from Jenny's house. With nowhere else to go, the alien adopts Scott's likeness and forces Jenny to drive him to Winslow, Arizona where he must meet his mothership for pickup in three days or die. Meanwhile, government agents are hot on their tail.
No. The movie is based on an original screenplay by American writers Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon with uncredited revisions by Dean Riesner. The film was subsequently novelized as Starman (1984) by American author Alan Dean Foster and inspired the short-lived television series, 'Starman', which ran from 1986 to 1987.
The man whose lug wrench the Starman melted identified them. It is inferred that the investigators must have shown him a photo of Jenny and her husband, thereby identifying both of them, and they subsequently learned that Jenny's husband was dead. A dead man come back to life with the ability to melt a lug wrench was a strong clue that he and she may have something to do with the alien.
With the help of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) agent Mark Shermin (Charles Martin Smith), Jenny and the weakening Starman make it to the crater outside of Winslow. However, a dozen Army helicopters close in on them, and NSA Chief Goerge Fox (Richard Jaeckel) gives orders to fire on them as a warning, forcing them to climb down into the crater to await his ride home. Suddenly, a craft begins to emerge from the clouds and descend over the canyon. Snow begins to fall from the craft and a red beam descends to the ground. Jenny asks the Starman to take her with him, but he tells her that he cannot because she will die there. They make their goodbyes, kissing each other in love. The Starman requests that she tell the baby about him and gives her the last silver-colored sphere. She asks what to do with it. 'The baby will know,' he replies. After one last goodbye, the Starman walks into the red beam. The final scene is focused on Jenny's face as she watches him leave.
No. He appears in Scott's form throughout the entire movie. The only clue is perhaps at the beginning of the movie when the alien is crossing the bay in the form of a glowing light, suggesting that he may be pure energy. Neither are we told his real name or where he comes from although, in one scene, he points to the stars and says, 'There...no there.'
Yes. Barringer Crater is a meteroite impact crater located about 43 miles east of Flagstaff, Arisona near the city of Winslow. It's interesting to note that the crater on aerial view resembles the underside of the alien spacecraft as it emerges from the clouds, suggesting that the spaceship is either mirroring the crater or it was the spaceship that made the crater in the first place.
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