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 Posted:   Feb 12, 2019 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I didn't mind the similarities to ET, but having the final shot be a literal recreation was a little much.

I completely agree! That the last shot was identical to E.T. was kind of stunning.

It's pretty well known that Columbia Pictures was developing "Starman" for years along with "E.T." (at the time called "Night Skies"), and abandoned the latter in favor of the former. Of course, "E.T." wound up being the biggest hit ever at the time.





Even stranger is the finale features the exact same kind of round, reflective spacecraft that was used in the low budget sci fi Wavelength, which came out a year earlier . The exact same thing !

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2019 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

Even stranger is the finale features the exact same kind of round, reflective spacecraft that was used in the low budget sci fi Wavelength, which came out a year earlier . The exact same thing !

I was not familiar with that one, Mike, but I found a blurry picture, and that is surprising! If we add Michael Crichton's burnished extra-terrestrial globe in "Sphere," 15 years later, that makes four shiny alien balls. Depicting a spaceship as a reflective sphere is difficult to realize, as it can be visually confusing – I liked Nitzsche's score in "Starman," and Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges were wonderful, but I felt that Carpenter bungled the finale, and his big shiny ball didn't quite work. In my book, E.T.'s bauble was the most successful. And beautiful.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2020 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   SpaceMind   (Member)

I'm definitely in for a remastered expanded version. I love this score.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2020 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

Even stranger is the finale features the exact same kind of round, reflective spacecraft that was used in the low budget sci fi Wavelength, which came out a year earlier . The exact same thing !



For being "the exact same thing" it sure lacks the ring that the one in Starman had. wink

In seriousness, I enjoyed Starman when I last saw it over a decade ago but I doubt it would hold up for me again. Something about the alien knowingly impregnating her and that being a good thing just comes off as bizarre at best and a violation at worst. "I was screwing an alien that looks like my dead husband and now I'm knocked up. Boy, is this cathartic!"

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2020 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

The deer resurrection is a wonderful scene with music.

 
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