Lunchtime Movie Review

Starman (1984)

Episode #73

Columbia Pictures Corporation released Starman to theaters on December 14, 1984. John Carpenter directs the film which stars Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, and Charles Martin Smith.

‘Starman’ Movie Summary

Voyager themed subplots seemed to be en vogue in the late 1970/early 80’s. For those of you who don’t know, the Voyager space program released two satellites in 1977, and the Voyager 1 just recently exited our solar system – it took about 34 years to get there.

Our movie starts off with Voyager 2 flying through an unknown region of space and crashing into a mysterious planet or spaceship of some sort filled with creatures made of electric light. In this opening scene, the alien ship seems far enough away from Earth that us humans don’t know they are out there. Now, the Voyager missions carried on them gold disks with a message of peace and inviting visitors to come to the planet Earth, and our space friends decide to send a scout ship to establish first contact with us.

This is an 80s movie. This is an 80s John Carpenter movie, so what does he have the clever U.S. government do when it detects the UFO? Well, they assume it’s a Russian threat and shoot the thing out of the sky. The craft crashes in Wisconsin and an alien in the form of a blue floating ball exits the ship. It stumbles across grieving widow, Jenny Hayden played by Karen Allen who is now 3 years removed from Raiders of the Lost Arc.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation released Starman to theaters on December 14, 1984. John Carpenter directs the film which stars Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, and Charles Martin Smith.

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  1. Midnight Special which was a critically claimed film from 2016 was basically a remake of Starman, have you seen it? The director talked about being influenced by it.

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