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Starman (1984)

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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.

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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 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 ... 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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He has traveled from a galaxy far beyond our own. He is 100,000 years ahead of us. He has powers we cannot comprehend. And he is about to face the one force in the universe he has yet to conquer. Love. See more »

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Romance | Sci-Fi

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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$28,700,000
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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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Trivia

In an interview with 'Starlog' magazine, actress Karen Allen said: "The role is a complete study in imagination. I spend the film building and sustaining an emotional state. What happens to Jenny never has and won't happen to me . . . [director John Carpenter] is a really nice guy. The people working with him have a really nice thing going. They've developed this strong support system. He has chosen a good group of people. They stay with him film after film. They can bounce things off of each other in order to get the film made. I had a good time making Starman (1984)". See more »

Goofs

Cook and Starman are in Cook's car when they get to the roadblock. Both get out of the car at the end of the line of cars behind a truck. When Jenny and Hot Rodder drive up to the line of cars the truck is there but Cook's car is gone. See more »

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Starman: Environment: hostile.
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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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