Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1984. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Industrial Light & Magic, Delphi II Productions. Screenplay by Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon. Cinematography by Donald M. Morgan. Produced by Larry J. Franco. Music by Jack Nitzsche. Production Design by Daniel A. Lomino. Costume Design by Robin Michel Bush, Andy Hylton. Film Editing by Marion Rothman. Academy Awards 1984. Golden Globe Awards 1984.
After an alien crash lands on Earth, he finds himself in the home of a young widow (Karen Allen) and takes on the form of her dead husband (Jeff Bridges) based on what he sees in photos. She is understandably surprised at the whole affair, but willing to help when he packs her into her car and tells her to drive him to a rendezvous point in Arizona where he plans on meeting a ship that will take him home. With the authorities hot on their tail, the two go across the country while he learns more about humans, his taking on her husband’s qualities making Allen feel more comfortable with him. A romantic science-fiction film is definitely not something you’d expect from John Carpenter, but this enjoyable tale has genuine feeling to it and deep performances that really sell the relationship.