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Starman

John Carpenter took a diversion from his usual fare to bring us this alien love story starring Jeff Bridges – he got an Oscar nomination for this – and Karen ‘Raiders’ Allen. Bridges plays an alien who comes to earth having come across the Voyager space probe having obviously been impressed by Chuck Berry’s on board music (would he have come if he had only found the Blur music in that last probe? Hmmmm…). Of course, when he arrives dastardly military types shoot him down and come after him and it transpires that he can only survive for three days, so it’s a race against the clock to get to Arizona for his rendezvous, helped by little Charles Martin Smith. On the way Bridges and Allen fall in love and…

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  1. Richard Davies

    August 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Supposedly Columbia Pictures turned down ET to make this, as they didn’t want more than one alien on earth film out too soon.

    This seemed to be shown about once every 9 months on BBC 1 on a Saturday night in the 1990s, but I’ve not seen it scheduled for years.

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