Starman is a 1984 American science fiction romance drama film directed by John Carpenter that tells the story of a non-corporeal alien who has come to Earth and cloned a human body (portrayed by Jeff Bridges) in response to the invitation found on the gold phonograph record installed on the Voyager 2 space probe. The original screenplay was written by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, with Dean Riesner making uncredited re-writes.
The Voyager 2 space probe, launched in 1977, carries a gold phonographic disk with a message of peace, inviting alien civilizations to visit Earth. The probe is intercepted by an alien planet which then sends a small scout vessel to establish first contact with Earth. Instead of greeting the alien craft, the U.S. government shoots it down. Crashing in Chequamegon Bay, Wisconsin, the lone alien occupant, looking like a floating ball of glowing energy, finds the home of recently widowed Jenny Hayden. The alien uses a lock of hair from her deceased husband, Scott, to clone a body for himself as Jenny watches in terror. The alien "Starman" has seven small silver spheres with him which provide energy to perform miraculous feats. He uses the first to send a message to his people stating that Earth is hostile and his spacecraft has been destroyed. He arranges to rendezvous with them in three days' time. He then uses the second sphere to create a holographic map of the United States, coercing Jenny into taking him to the rendezvous in Arizona.
|author||Bruce A. Evans Dean Riesner Raynold Gideon|
|genre||drama romance science fiction|
|keywords||alien alien civilization alien planet baby barringer crater boxcar chequamegon bay civilization credit card dead husband deer first contact float gas carrier gas tanker gold phonographic disk government official greet how to las vegas meteor crater mobile home national security agency new car plan police officer quarter roadblock seti slot machine spacecraft surround understand vivisect vivisection voyager 2 voyager golden record widow|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor|
|producer||Larry J. Franco|
|productionCompany||Industrial Light & Magic|
|recordedAt||Arizona Colorado Las Vegas Valley Utah|