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The Last Starfighter (1984)

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A video-gaming boy, seemingly doomed to stay at his trailer park home all his life, finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay E. Kuter ...
Dan Mason ...
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Norman Snow ...
Xur
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Chris Hebert ...
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George McDaniel ...
Charlene Nelson ...
Rylan Technician
John Maio ...
Friendly Alien
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Underling
Al Berry ...
Rylan Spy
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Alex Rogan lives in a trailer court where his mother is manager and everyone is like a big extended family. He beats the Starfighter video game to the applause of everyone in the court and later that day finds he has been turned down for a student loan for college. Depressed, he meets Centauri, who introduces himself as a person from the company that made the game, before Alex really knows what is going on he is on the ride of his life in a "car" flying through space. Chosen to take the skills he showed on the video game into real combat to protect the galaxy from an invasion. Alex gets as far as the Starfighter base before he really realized that he was conscripted and requests to be taken back home. When he gets back home, he finds a Zando-Zan (alien bounty hunter) is stalking him. Unable to go home and live, Alex returns to the Starfighter base to find all the pilots have been killed and he is the galaxy's only chance to be saved from invasion. To defeat the invaders, who are ... Written by John Vogel <jvogel@dgs.dgsys.com> & Spokavriel updated

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Alex Rogan is a small town teenager with big time dreams. Dreams of college... of success... of marrying his girlfriend, Maggie. He's just like everybody else, except Alex has a very special talent... that no one on Earth can appreciate. But, tonight, a mysterious stranger has called on Alex. He's come from a galaxy that's under attack from an alien force. And Alex's unique ability is their last hope. See more »


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13 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último guerrero espacial  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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In 2009, it was announced that a long-awaited sequel which was to be titled "Starfighter" which took place 25 years after the original film, which Norman Snow was confirmed to return as Xur. But, the sequel was not made and did not to go into production. The sequel may had followed Louis Rogan, all grown up, whom misses Alex and is brought to Rylos to become a Starfighter himself or the sequel may had followed Alex and Maggie's Rylos-born son or daughter who sets out to settle a score with Xur when Alex is killed during a Ko-Dan attack. See more »

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When Alex and Centauri return to Rylos the second time, and as the Star Car is about to stop, you can see the ceiling of the set reflected on the side of the Star Car. See more »

Quotes

Alex Rogan: Store's closed, mister.
Centauri: I'm not here for cigarettes or bubble gum, my boy. Can you tell me the name of the person who broke the record on that game over there, and where I might find him?
Alex Rogan: Alex Rogan, and you're looking at him.
Centauri: Alex Rogan. Ha ha ha!
Alex Rogan: Who are you?
Centauri: Centauri's the name. I invented Starfighter, which is why I'm here.
Alex Rogan: It is?
Centauri: It is. We have to talk about a matter of utmost importance. Step into my office.
[gestures toward the back seat of his car]
Centauri: Step into my office.
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Never Crossed My Mind
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Clif Magness
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Silly, enjoyable, fun
18 September 1999 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Granted, I'm a child of the 80s, so there's some nostalgia at work here, but I'm surprised at how interesting and enjoyable this movie is. It sounds like a turkey when you read the main plot line, but it's very well-done and charming for what it is. Sure, it has its problems, but it never claims to be anything other than teenage sci-fi. A good ride.


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