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- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 11, 1998
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Surround - English, Spanish, French
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jeff Bridges & Karen Allen|
|Performer:||Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards, Ted White, Dirk Blocker, M.C. Gainey, George 'Buck' Flower, David Wells, Alex Daniels, Mickey Jones & Lu Leonard|
|Directed by||John Carpenter|
|Edited by||Marion Rothman|
|Screenwriting by||Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon|
|Composition by||Jack Nitzsche|
|Produced by||Larry J. Franco|
|Director of Photography:||Donald M. Morgan|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I watched you very carefully. Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast."
- Starman (Jeff Bridges) to an angry Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen) after he speeds through a yellow traffic light in his first attempt at driving a car
"Would you like to know what I find beautiful about your species' You are your best when things are at their worst."
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Offers little that's fresh but skates by on the strength of the lovely turns by Allen and especially Bridges. Full Review
He may be the Master Of Horror, but credit should be given where it is due and Carpenter proves with Starman that he's an actor's director (and a big old softie). Full Review
Give ample credit to director John Carpenter also for his fluid storytelling. Full Review
...[In] Bridges' hands [STARMAN] becomes the occasion for a sweetly affecting characterization -- a fine showcase for the actor's blend of grace, precision and seemingly offhanded charm....A science fiction fable with sex appeal...
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- In Mr. Bridges' hands [his role] becomes the occasion for a sweetly affecting characterization -- a fine showcase for the actor's blend of grace, precision and seemingly offhanded charm.
New York Times
Rating: 4/5 -- In switching up his stylistic tendencies Carpenter is able to bring more elements of his cinematic brilliance to the forefront than might be noticed in his more sensationalist films. Full Review
Rating: A -- We see a sweet side to the director that never appeared anywhere else: an emotional palate that he rarely indulged in, but which he handles with surprising grace and subtlety. Full Review
A departure for director John Carpenter, STARMAN is a gentle, simple film that won accolades from critics and applause from audiences. Jeff Bridges plays the title character, an alien that has come down to Earth on a peaceful scouting mission. When he takes the form of a recently widowed woman's dead husband he unintentionally involves her in his mission. The alien only has a few days to reach a rendezvous point where he will be picked up by his mothership. Along the way he must discover what he can about human beings and our civilization. He finds out plenty very quickly, as his relationship with the young widow grows very strong as they make their way to the rendezvous point. Meanwhile, the FBI is in hot pursuit after it discovers the discarded landing vehicle, and the alien's own health is deteriorating in Earth's foreign atmosphere. The story tells of the struggle for communication, the pain of letting go, and the search for understanding. Jeff Bridges gives an unforgettable performance as the gentle alien trying his best to cope with being a human. With STARMAN, Carpenter proves he is a master storyteller, not just of horror and science fiction, but of subtle, emotional drama as well.
A gentle alien lands on Earth and assumes the human form of a Wisconsin woman's recently deceased husband. Eventually, he is assisted by the young woman in a desperate race against time and the FBI to rendezvous with his alien mothership in Arizona. The situation grows more complicated when the woman and the sweet-natured Starman begin to fall in love.
- Theatrical release: December 14, 1984.
- Actor Michael Douglas's production company produced STARMAN.
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