Starman

Starman

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Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith

     
 

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Having crashed to Earth, an extraterrestrial space traveller must assume a human identity lest he be captured by the authorities. The alien (Jeff Bridges) chooses the likeness of the recently deceased husband of Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). At first dumbstruck, Jenny becomes both hostile toward and frightened of her guest. He gradually wins her confidence, learning a… See more details below

Overview

Having crashed to Earth, an extraterrestrial space traveller must assume a human identity lest he be captured by the authorities. The alien (Jeff Bridges) chooses the likeness of the recently deceased husband of Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). At first dumbstruck, Jenny becomes both hostile toward and frightened of her guest. He gradually wins her confidence, learning a few vital English-language phrases so that he can explain his presence. The "starman" has come to Earth with a message of peace, in response to the similar message sent out on Voyager One. He asks for Jenny's help in transporting him to the Nevada desert, where his fellow aliens are to pick him up and take him to his home planet. Soon he and Jenny form a united front against a mean-spirited National Security Council agent (Richard Jaeckel), who intends to seize the starman and turn him over for scientific scrutiny (and possible extermination). While en route to Nevada, Jenny grows closer to the gentle-natured Starman, eventually making love with him. By the time he is poised to leave, she is carrying his child, leaving the field wide open for a sequel--which was never produced, though a weekly TV version surfaced in 1986.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Horror auteur John Carpenter set aside the casual thrills and copious bloodletting of his previous efforts to tell this well-observed tale of a peace-mongering alien who decides to inhabit the body of a woman's recently deceased true love. The result is akin to E.T. for grown-ups, with Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges chronicling the couple's hesitant friendship as they embark on a road trip to return the alien to his people. The reliable Bridges earned an Oscar nomination for his sedate, understated performance: he's like a mime with a photographic memory. But Starman ultimately belongs to Allen, who treats the character of Jenny Hayden as if she were lying on a therapist's couch, working through her ex-husband's death. She lends the film a depth and permanence that place it above the standard humanist sci-fi fare. The role dovetails well with her strong work in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Shoot the Moon (1982): all were parts that required her to be sexy, brooding, and tough all at once, even if she was relegated to one-dimensional supporting roles for much of her subsequent career.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/1996
UPC:
0043396604124
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Starman
Karen Allen Jenny Hayden
Charles Martin Smith Mark Shermin
Richard Jaeckel George Fox
Robert Phalen Maj. Bell
Ted White Deer Hunter
Tony Edwards Sgt. Lemon
John Anderson Actor
Stephen Brennan Roadblock Sergeant
James Deeth S-61 Pilot
Charlie Hughes Bus Driver
Jennifer Shull Actor
John Walter Davis Brad Heinmuller
Dirk Blocker Cop
M.C. Gainey Cop
Sean Faro Hot Rodder
George "Buck" Flower Cook
Russ Benning Scientist
Ralph Cosham Marine Lieutenant
David Wells Fox's Assistant
Alex Daniels Gas Station Attendant
Carol Rosenthal Gas Customer
Micky Jones Trucker
Lu Leonard Roadhouse Waitress
Betty Bunch Truck Stop Waitress
Pat Lee Bracero Wife
Ron Colby Cafe Waiter
Kenny Call Donnie Bob
Jeff Ramsey Hunter
Jerry Gatlin Hunter
John Carpenter Man in Helicopter
Dennis Burkley Man in Gas Station Restroom

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Screenwriter
Pete Altobelli Makeup
Roy Arbogast Special Effects
Richard Baker Makeup,Set Decoration/Design
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Barry Bernardi Co-producer
Robin Bush Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Dick Smith Makeup,Set Decoration/Design
Michael Douglas Executive Producer
William Joseph Durrell Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Bruce A. Evans Producer,Screenwriter
Larry Franco Asst. Director,Producer
Ray Gideon Producer,Screenwriter
Tom Joyner Production Designer,Production Manager
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Production Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
Bruce Nicholson Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Marion Rothman Editor
Jennifer Shull Casting
Stan Winston Makeup,Set Decoration/Design

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