Year: 1984

Production: Delphi Productions II / Columbia

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Screenwriter: Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon (and Dean Riesner, uncredited)

Novelization (1984) by Alan Dean Foster

115 minutes; Color

Carpenter ventured into Speilberg territory in this sweet - possibly saccharine - story of a wide-eyed inncent arriving from space. The Starman (Bridges), first seen as a ball of light, exactly recreates himself in the image of young Jenny's dead husband, kidnaps Jenny (Allen) in the nicest possible way, learns about human customs, is pursued by government forces who want to study or kill him, raises a deer and Jenny (separately) from the dead like an affably dopy Christ, impregnates Jenny, and leaves again. Most of Starman is a protracted chase sequence across the USA, and, though it has rewarding moments and touching performances from its leads, it is too long and slight. The subtext (What would happen to Christ if He came again? We'd crucify Him) is serious enough, but evoked only playfully.

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