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Starman (1984)

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An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and makes her drive him across the country. The government tries to stop them.

Director:

John Carpenter
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Starman
Karen Allen ... Jenny Hayden
Charles Martin Smith ... Mark Shermin
Richard Jaeckel ... George Fox
Robert Phalen ... Major Bell
Tony Edwards ... Sergeant Lemon
John Walter Davis John Walter Davis ... Brad Heinmuller
Ted White ... Deer Hunter
Dirk Blocker ... Cop #1
M.C. Gainey ... Cop #2
Sean Stanek ... Hot Rodder (as Sean Faro)
George 'Buck' Flower ... Cook (as Buck Flower)
Russ Benning Russ Benning ... Scientist
Ralph Cosham Ralph Cosham ... Marine Lieutenant
David Wells David Wells ... Fox's Assistant
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Storyline

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 Rob Hartill

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Plot Keywords:

road movie | panty | leg | legs | coupe | See All (210) »

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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 »

Genres:

Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie was released about two and a half years after Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) had debuted. See more »

Goofs

Sgt. Lemon reports Heinmuller's near crash with the Mustang. He reports the vehicle registration number as PXV 237. There was no license plate on the front of the Mustang, and Heinmuller never saw the rear plate. See more »

Quotes

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, ...
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Connections

Referenced in The King James Code, Volume 4: The Pentacle of Power (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

What Would Your Memories Do
Written by Hank Cochran and Dean Dillon
Published by Tree Publishing Co.
Performed by Vern Gosdin
Produced by Blake Mevis
Courtesy of Compleat Records
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E.T. for adults
5 June 2003 | by Clive-SilasSee all my reviews

I'm amazed more people didn't point out the similarities in plot to E.T. when this adult version of basically the same tale came out. Maybe it was because Jeff Bridges performance is absolutely mesmerising, that you're much more interested in the characters than the plot, so you don't notice.

Basically, a perfect little movie. Beautifully and simply set up, the characters develop naturally in such a way that keeps you hooked right through to the end of the film. The strength of the central relationship distracts you from little infelicities, such as the fact that "Jennyhayden" seems remarkably incurious about her alien visitor - even after she gets to know him, it's not until he's about to leave that she asks him what his world is like! The film nicely points out the irony of our having extended welcoming greetings to the Universe, while our own mutual distrust causes us to shoot down every unexpected flying visitor. Having established that, however, Richard Jaekel's character seems to be pursuing the violent solution for its own sake without really exploring any motivation. When Charles Martin Smith points out that our behaviour does appear a little rude, Jaekel doesn't even have an answer for him - he's just going to try to kill the alien because that's his role in the movie I guess!

"Do you know what I find most beautiful about you? You are at your best when things are at their worst."

Well, it has been 19 years - I guess that the "boy baby" has grown up. Time for the sequel, methinks!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Starman See more »

Filming Locations:

Manchester, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,872,022, 16 December 1984

Gross USA:

$28,744,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,744,356
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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