December 14th, 1984



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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.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.9/10 (18,438 voted)

Director: John Carpenter

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith

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.

Writers: Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon

Jeff Bridges - Starman
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 Stanek - Hot Rodder (as Sean Faro)
George 'Buck' Flower - Cook (as Buck Flower)
Russ Benning - Scientist
Ralph Cosham - Marine Lieutenant
David Wells - Fox's Assistant

Taglines: In 1977 Voyager II was launched into space, inviting all lifeforms in the universe to visit our planet. Get ready. Company's coming.


Official Website: JohnCarpenter - movie site |

Release Date: 14 December 1984

Filming Locations: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $28,700,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

According to John Carpenter in the audio commentary on Big Trouble in Little China, the main reason for which he directed 'Starman' was that after the box-office disaster of The Thing, he needed to make a movie that was the complete opposite of what 'The Thing' was so he could continue to work in Hollywood.

Continuity: In a journey over several days and with no overnight bag, despite being in a human body Starman remains clean shaven throughout.

George Fox: [referring to the word "greetings"] It's also what the cannibal said to the missionary just before he ate him.
Mark Shermin: Well, I guess the question is who's the missionary, and who are the cannibals?

User Review

A wonderful film full of hope for the human race.

Rating: 9/10

Through the eyes of an alien, we view our world. Such is the beauty of John Carpenter's 'Starman'. His gentle alien comes in the form of a human clone (Jeff Bridges), and as we watch him interact with the rest of our race, we see both the good and the bad in all of us. It is this particular role that I find to be Jeff Bridge's most superb acting (or close to it, given his amazing work in 'The Fisher King'). To me he always did seem an alien in an unfamiliar human body, rather than the actor "Jeff Bridges". While there is certainly some over-simplification in the movie, and it can get a little sappy, I find the 'sap' in this case to be both touching and beautiful. How wonderful, how sad, how miraculous, to watch ourselves through the innocent and wise eyes of this alien being. A brilliant look at human beings, a sweet love story, and an excellent exploration of our spirit.


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