!!The movie

* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Jeff Bridges' Best Actor nomination represents the '''''only''''' nomination a John Carpenter film ''ever'' received.
* ActorAllusion: Bridges stated he based his performance on CLU from ''{{TRON}}'', at least before he was captured by the MCP.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/{{Tron}} Kevin Flynn]] and [[Franchise/IndianaJones Marion Ravenwood]], the ultimate '80s nerd CrossoverShip
* LifeImitatesArt: GPS is fairly common these days, and heads-up displays for cars are rare yet not unheard of. A ''GPS heads-up display'' could be improvised with a smartphone or tablet and a few parts to simulate the map that "Starman" calls up in one scene.
* PlayingAgainstType: Some people are surprised to know that this was directed by Creator/JohnCarpenter. In a DVD commentary, Carpenter reveals that the main reason he chose ''Starman'' was because he really wanted to do something different to revitalize his career, after the box-office failure of ''Film/TheThing1982'' damaged his reputation in Hollywood.
* RecycledTheSeries: The short-lived TV show of the same name.

!!The Series
* HeyItsThatVoice: Scott Hayden is [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Prince Eric]] and [[SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries Spider-Man]]!
** Paul Forrester is WesternAnimation/IronMan.
* RecycledTheSeries