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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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Starman
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Jenny Hayden
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Mark Shermin
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George Fox
Robert Phalen ...
Major Bell
Tony Edwards ...
Sergeant Lemon
John Walter Davis ...
Brad Heinmuller
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Deer Hunter
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Cop #1
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Cop #2
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Hot Rodder (as Sean Faro)
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Cook (as Buck Flower)
Russ Benning ...
Scientist
Ralph Cosham ...
Marine Lieutenant
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Fox's Assistant
Anthony Grumbach ...
NSA Officer
James Deeth ...
S-61 Pilot (as Jim Deeth)
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Gas Station Attendant
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Gas Customer
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Trucker
Lu Leonard ...
Roadhouse Waitress
Charlie Hughes ...
Bus Driver
Byron Walls ...
Police Sergeant
Betty Bunch ...
Truck Stop Waitress
Victor McLemore ...
Roadblock Lt.
Steven Brennan ...
Roadblock Sergeant
Pat Lee ...
Bracero Wife
Judith Kim ...
Girl Barker
Ronald L. Colby ...
Cafe Waiter
Robert Stein ...
State Trooper
Kenny Call ...
Donnie Bob
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Hunter #1
Jerry Gatlin ...
Hunter #2
David Daniell ...
Letterman
Randy Tutton ...
2nd Letterman
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Man in Helicopter (uncredited)
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Casino Photographer (uncredited)
Joel Edwards ...
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Mark Jensen ...
Extra (uncredited)
Nick Sagan ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage) (voice)
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Roadblock Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Carpenter

Written by

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Bruce A. Evans ... (written by) &
Raynold Gideon ... (written by)
 
Dean Riesner ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Barry Bernardi ... co-producer
Michael Douglas ... executive producer
Bruce A. Evans ... associate producer
Larry Franco ... producer (as Larry J. Franco)
Raynold Gideon ... associate producer

Music by

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Jack Nitzsche ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Donald M. Morgan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Marion Rothman ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Virginia Katz ... assistant editor
Brian Ralph ... negative cutter
Craig Ridenour ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jennifer Shull

Production Design by

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Daniel A. Lomino ... (as Daniel Lomino)

Set Decoration by

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Robert R. Benton ... (as Robert Benton)

Makeup Department

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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

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Tom Joyner ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joe Alves ... second unit director
Jeffrey Chernov ... first assistant director: second unit / second assistant director
Larry Franco ... first assistant director
Nilo Otero ... dga trainee

Art Department

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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

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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

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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

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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)
Ellen Lichtwardt Goodchild ... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Ned Gorman ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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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

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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)
Tommy Elsner ... rigging electrician (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)
Clay Ingel ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Clyde K. 'Tiny' Ingle ... rigging 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)
Ronald R. Swafford ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
George Witthans ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Wolf ... assistant camera: Tennessee (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Pennie DuPont ... additional casting (as Pennie Du Pont)
Stacey Rhodes ... extras casting: Arizona & Tennessee

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robin Michel Bush ... costumer: women
Andy Hylton ... costumer: men
Michael Lynn ... costumer: men (uncredited)

Location Management

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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

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Brian Banks ... music performer / music programmer
Anthony Marinelli ... music performer / music programmer
Curt Sobel ... supervising music editor
Brooks Arthur ... music producer (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli ... music producer (uncredited) / performer: additional arrangements (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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David Turner ... transportation captain (as Dave Turner)
Eddie Lee Voelker ... transportation coordinator
Rodd Wolff ... uncredited
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

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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)
Michael Parkhurst ... equipment supplier (uncredited) / technical advisor (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)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines 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 »
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Also Known As
  • John Carpenter's Starman (United States)
  • Starman: El hombre de las estrellas (Spain)
  • L'homme des étoiles (Canada, French title)
  • Звезден човек (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Человек со звезды (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Budget $22,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Actor Jeff Bridges studied ornithology and the behavior of birds to prepare for his role as an alien in human form for this movie. Bridges, particularly used the sudden jerky head movements, amongst other nuances and mannerisms, of birds for his Starman character. Bridges figured that the alien would not have human characteristics and being encased in a human body, would act with base primitive animal instincts. See more »
Goofs The Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get no Satisfaction" was not on the Voyager 1 & 2 disks. Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Dune/Starman/Mass Appeal/Runaway (1984). See more »
Soundtracks (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction See more »
Quotes Mark Shermin: Have people from your world been here before?
Starman: Before yes. We are interested in your species.
Mark Shermin: You mean you're some kind of anthropologist? Is that what you're doing here? Just checking us out?
Starman: You are a strange species. Not like any other. And you'd be surprised how many there are. Intelligent but savage. Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you?
[Shermin nods]
Starman: You are at your very best when things are worst.
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