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The Last Starfighter (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  13 July 1984 (USA)
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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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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:

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Soon after Alex meets Grig for the first time, we see Grig adjusting a device with red beams rotating - this prop is a mainstay of engineering sets, most notably seen in Airplane! 2. See more »

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When Centauri is driving the Star Car and removes Robert Preston's face to reveal an alien face, the glow of its eyes casts no reflection on the windshield nor the passenger partition. See more »

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Rylan Bursar: Return the money, Centauri.
Centauri: Return the money? Are you delirious? Do you know how long it took to invent the games? To merchandise them? To get them in the stores by Christmas?
Grig: It must be terribly embarrassing for you and I do sympathize, however...
Centauri: But I saw him fight! He could be the greatest Starfighter ever!
Alex Rogan: That was just a game, Centauri!
Centauri: A game! Well, you may thought it was a game, but it was also a test. Aha, a test. Sent out across the universe to find those with the gift to be ...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Guiron (1991) See more »

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Incommunicado
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Clif Magness
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A "gem" from the 80's
13 January 2004 | by (Selma, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This is a lost gem of a movie from the generation of "E.T.", Indiana Jones, Star Wars, etc...

When a friend showed it to me on VHS in 1984 I loved it for its originality, warmth & humor, as well as being impressed with the first-time computer-generated special effects for this kind of sci-fi film.

When I saw the 'special edition' DVD in Widescreen I snatched it right up and found that I enjoyed it as much as I did 20 years ago! The movie's special effects still looked good to me, especially the "Star Car" (my personal favorite).

But the special effects are not the centerpiece of this film. It has plenty of charm of its own to offer in plot, story, warmth, humor & good performances. Craig Safan's music score for this film is one of my all-time favorites. It almost outsizes this movie but it fits just the same.

"Starfighter" is a real gem from the 80's I will treasure in my movie collection.


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