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Starman (1984)
Title: Starman
Directed by: John Carpenter
Written by: Bruce A. Evans; Raynold Gideon; Dean Riesner
Produced by: Barry Bernardi; Michael Douglas; Bruce A. Evans; Larry J. Franco; Raynold Gideon
Music by: Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography: Donald M. Morgan
Edited by: Marion Rothman
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Released: December 14th, 1984
Rating: PG
Running time: 115 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $22,000,000 [1]
Gross: $28,700,000 [1]

Starman is an American feature film of the science fiction genre. It was directed by John Carpenter with a script written by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon. Dean Riesner also contributed material to the screenplay, but in an uncredited capacity. The film was produced by Columbia Pictures and released theatrically in the United States on December 14th, 1984. The film stars Jeff Bridges as the alien "Starman" with Karen Allen taking on the female lead of Jenny Hayden. The primary antagonist of the film is George Fox played by Richard Jaeckel. The movie also stars Charles Martin Smith as Mark Shermin, Robert Phalen as Major Bell, Tony Edwards as Sergeant Lemon, and John Walter Davis as Brad Heinmuller.

The premise of the film centers on an alien being who exists as a ball of blue energy. Accepting an invitation to come to the planet Earth, he crash-lands on our world, but is not met with the niceties that he had expected. Driven to believe that humanity is nothing but a savage and aggressive race, he clones himself a body from DNA from late house painter Scott Hayden and meets Scott's widow, Jenny. The Starman forces Jenny to help him get to a landing site where he expects members of his race to pick him up, but through the course of their adventures, the two fall in love.

A Starman television series was produced and aired for one season on ABC from 1986 to 1987. The series takes place fifteen years in the future, in which the Starman returns, only now taking on the clone body of a deceased photojournalist named Paul Forrester, who was played by Robert Hays. The series reunited the Starman with his son, Scott Hayden, Jr., and explored their adventures together as they traveled across the country in search of Scott's missing mother.

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Cast Edit

Actor Role
Jeff Bridges Starman, Scott Hayden
Karen Allen Jenny Hayden
Charles Martin Smith Mark Shermin
Richard Jaeckel George Fox
Robert Phalen Major Bell
Tony Edwards Sergeant Lemon
John Walter Davis Brad Heinmuller
Ted White Deer hunter
Dirk Blocker Cop #1
M.C. Gainey Cop #2
Sean Faro Hot rodder
Buck Flower Cook
Russ Benning Scientist
Ralph Cosham Marine lieutenant
David Wells Fox's assistant
Anthony Grumbach NSA officer
Jim Deeth S-61 pilot
Alex Daniels Gas station attendant
Carol Rosenthal Gas customer
Mickey Jones Trucker
Lu Leonard Roadhouse waitress
Charlie Hughes Bus driver
Byron Walls Police sergeant
Betty Bunch Truck stop waitress
Victor McLemore Roadblock lieutenant
Steven Brennan Roadblock sergeant
Pat Lee Bracero wife
Judith Kim Girl barker
Ronald Colby Café waiter
Robert Stein State trooper
Kenny Call Donnie Bob
Jeff Ramsey Hunter #1
Jerry Gatlin Hunter #2
David Daniell Letterman
Randy Tutton 2nd letterman

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • The tagline for this film is, "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."
  • Starman was filmed on-location in parts of Winslow and Barringer, Arizona, as well as parts of Iowa, Utah and Tennessee. Scenes of the aircraft hanger were filmed in Smyrna, Tennessee [2]
  • Screenwriter Dean Riesner is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor Steve Dressler, who plays a photographer in a Las Vegas casino, is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor Joel Edwards, who plays a gas station attendant, is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Director John Carpenter makes an uncredited cameo appearance in the movie as a man in a helicopter.
  • The Voyager 2 mission, which involved carrying golden phonograph records aimed at presenting an accurate portrayal of the diversity of life on Earth is an actual event that took place in 1977.
  • One of the songs included on the Voyager 2 phonograph record is "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones. This song was not included on the historical record however and this only takes place in the movie.

Recommendations Edit

1980s Sci-Fi

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 IMDB; Starman (1984); Box office & business.
  2. IMDB; Starman (1984); Filming locations.

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