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3.5
807 Ratings

Starman

Directed by John Carpenter
United States, 1984
Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy

Synopsis

An alien lands in Wisconsin, arriving at the cabin of Jenny Hayden, a young widow. The alien, Starman, convinces her to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he is not picked up by his mothership he will die. En route, Starman finds universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human passion.

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Starman Directed by John Carpenter

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1985 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1985 | 2 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

As odd as it may sound, the use of pre-Beatles pop music forms the clearest bridge between Christine and the film that followed it: 1984’s Starman, an extraterrestrial romance and one of Carpenter’s best films.
May 04, 2017
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Carpenter leans back a bit with the ticking-clock structure, and in its best moments, STARMAN uses its hokey, new-agey story to gaze out upon and muse on the American countryside. So the film’s portrait of the American mid and south-west in the 80’s takes on a documentary quality, similar to TWO-LANE BLACKTOP in the early 70’s.
March 04, 2016
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Carpenter’s camera maintains utter fidelity to [Karen Allen’s] emotions, whether heartbreakingly rendering her loneliness and loss at the film’s outset, or chronicling her journey with Bridges’ mysterious, benevolent being. The effect is beautiful and totally reliant on Allen’s performance, surely among the strongest in the director’s filmography, as she conveys pain, depression, love, and, most movingly, healing.
February 06, 2015
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