Jenny Hayden never did get over the death of her husband. So when an alien life form decides to model "himself" on the husband, Jenny is understandably confused if not terrified. The alien, or Starman, as he is called, has a deadline to meet, and kidnaps Jenny in order to meet it.Written by
Director John Carpenter was extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to show America at its most beautiful. Producer Larry Franco commented: "There are an awful lot of films today that focus on the things that are wrong in America. We had an opportunity with 'Starman' to show the good side of America . . . its beauty and the beauty and potential of its people". See more »
Jenny noticed her wallet was missing in Las Vegas. How did she buy the Cadillac without identification? She would not be able to buy a car or rent one without a license. See more »
[referring to the word "greetings"]
It's also what the cannibal said to the missionary just before he ate him.
Well, I guess the question is who's the missionary, and who are the cannibals?
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Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors and it's a shame that he has not yet won an Oscar. He has been acting for thirty-five years and only been nominated four times. Starman (1984) gave him his third nomination and while he had tough competition that year, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce in Amadeus, his performance is brilliant and every bit as good. The way that Bridges takes the character and the little glitches in his movement and speech are fascinating. It is a complete transformation and it's flawless. I was reminded of how Dustin Hoffman played his character in Rain Man with all his little stutters and twitching, but Hoffman studied the disease and had something to work with. Bridges pulls this performance off from scratch and hits a bullseye. Karen Allen and Charles Martin Smith are both good as well and the score is wonderful. The story may be a bit derivative and there are some story lulls, but who cares. This is a must-see movie simply for Bridges performance.
*** out of ****
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