There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models. As amalgam of elements introduced in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and even The Man Who Fell to Earth, Starman shoots for the miraculous and only partially hits its target.

There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models. As amalgam of elements introduced in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and even The Man Who Fell to Earth, Starman shoots for the miraculous and only partially hits its target.

The Starman (Jeff Bridges) arrives much like ‘E.T.’ – an alien in a hostile environment – but in an elaborate transformation scene he assumes human form. The body he chooses for his sojourn on Earth happens to belong to the dead husband of Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen) who lives alone in a remote section of Wisconsin.

Bridges and Allen set off on a trip across the country to Arizona where the Starman must make his connection to return home.

1984: Nomination: Best Actor (Jeff Bridges)

Starman

Production

Columbia-Delphi II. Director John Carpenter; Producer Larry J. Franco; Screenplay Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon; Camera Donald M. Morgan; Editor Marion Rothman; Music Jack Nitzsche; Art Director Daniel Lomino

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Jeff Bridges Karen Allen Charles Martin Smith Richard Jaeckel Robert Phalen Tony Edwards
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