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The Last Starfighter (1984)

A discouraged video-gaming boy finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force.

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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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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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Trivia

As Alex leaves the Starfighter's briefing to chase after Centauri, just before he runs into Grig, an announcer with a folksy-sounding voice says: "Now, Starfighters, if you will reach underneath your seats, you will find a packet which contains..." in an apparent parody of the survival kit briefing given by Maj. Kong aboard the B-52 in the film "Dr. Strangelove." See more »

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When Alex first meets Grig in the space station, he is wearing a translator that allows him to hear English when an alien language is spoken, which leads us to assume that when Grig first speaks to Alex, he's speaking an alien language. Yet at the end of the movie when he greets the residents of the trailer park, they are able to understand and respond to him even though none of the residents have translating devices. See more »

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Centauri: Alex! Alex! You're walking away from history! History, Alex! Did Chris Columbus stay home? Nooooo. What if the Wright Brothers thought that only birds should fly? And did Galoka think that the Ulus were too ugly to save?
Alex Rogan: Who's Galoka?
Centauri: Never mind.
Alex Rogan: Listen, Centauri. I'm not any of those guys, I'm a kid from a trailer park.
Centauri: If that's what you think, then that's all you'll ever be!
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Satisfy The Night
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Karen Blake & Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
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Cool really cool
8 June 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Another film from my youth and fabulous. A kid from a trailer park is recruited to fight in an intergalactic battle against an evil madman and his unstoppable armada in a star fight to the death. And he doesn't want the job. I really got into this one it's totally enjoyable. There is a lot of humor and action mixed quite well. Robert Preston is like butter he's good no matter what. He delivers the quips and jokes with just the right amount of wit and energy. And he warms your heart. I miss that guy I was very sorry to find out he had passed on. I remember him from many films like Beau Geste and the Music Man. I simply cherish this film and many other people do too.


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