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The Last Starfighter (1984)

A video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test.He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

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Xur
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Charlene Nelson ...
Rylan Technician
John Maio ...
Friendly Alien
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Underling
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Rylan Spy
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

13 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último guerrero espacial  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to screenwriter Jonathan Beutel, the idea for "The Last Starfighter" came about, because he wandered into a video arcade and saw a young boy playing a video game and also at that time, he read the book "The Once and Future King" by T.H White and it occurred to him, that what if a video game had been a sword in a stone and a boy had scored an incredible number in the video game, which sent out a ripple effect across the universe. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kril's Controller: ...We have a break in the Frontier.
Lord Kril: Fire the meteor gun!
Xur: MY *DEAR* KODAN FRIENDS... Lest we forget, it was your own Emperor who charged me with command of this armada... For only *I* hold the secret to the Frontier... Just as only *I* know the location of the Starfighter base... And therefore, ONLY *I* WILL GIVE THE ORDER TO FIRE!
Lord Kril: Forgive me, Xur.
Xur: You are forgiven, Kril. Meteor gunner... Ready... And FIRE AT WILL!
[He does so, destroying the Starfighter base]
Xur: ... At last it is done! Soon the ...
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Soundtracks

Red Eyes
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Clif Magness
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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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