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.Written by
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. See more »
Producer Michael Douglas couldn't have been more pleased with the choice of' John Carpenter to direct the film. Douglas said: "John's a great choice for 'Starman'. He's got a great sense of style and deals with action masterfully. I knew he was looking forward to directing a film that's essentially a love story, one that depends exclusively upon handling the relationships between people and their character development". Carpenter was known at the time largely for his great success as a director of horror films such as Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), and Christine (1983), but had the opportunity to flex new muscles with "Starman". Douglas added: "Of course, people haven't seen this side of John, and they will be surprised to see how well he handles a love story, a comedy, a tender touching romance, and [an] adventure". See more »
In a journey over several days and with no overnight bag, despite being in a human body Starman remains clean shaven throughout. See more »
What's it like up there?
It is beautiful. Not like this, but it is beautiful. There is only one language, one law, one people. There is no war, no hunger. The strong do not victimize the helpless. We are very civilized, but we have lost something, I think. You are all so much alive, all so different. I will miss the cooks and the singing and the dancing. And the eating! - - And the other things.
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Starman is certainly a bit of a departure for director John Carpenter. It seems that after the box-office disappointment of The Thing (1982) he decided that his next return to the alien film should be something less scary and more in line with the E.T. (1982) template. The result is a John Carpenter film that is decidedly more gentle natured than we had seen up to that point. After learning about humanity from the space probe Voyager 2 an alien crash lands on Earth and assumes the identity of a dead man. He enlists the reluctant help of the wife of this deceased individual in his mission to return home. Needless to say, the authorities pursue him, hell bent on preventing his departure.
This change of pace for Carpenter is another film which shows the care he gave to all his movies. The story is solid, if nothing especially great. But it's nicely shot and paced, with some engaging performances, especially from Karen Allen as the bemused woman taken along for the ride by the alien. Jeff Bridges puts in an original enough turn as the starman, although it is definitely quite surprising he was Oscar nominated for it. In essence this is a road movie with a romantic sub-plot that is based around a sci-fi premise. It's fairly successful in each of its sub-genres and is a very likable piece of work overall. And for what it's worth, I much preferred it to E.T.
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