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The Last Starfighter (1984)

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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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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He didn't find his dreams... his dreams found him. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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13 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último guerrero espacial  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,011,695, 15 July 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,733,290
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Galoob created prototype action figures for the movie, but they were never produced, because retailers didn't believe the film would be successful. The figures included Alex (trailer park and Starfighter outfits), Maggie, Centauri, Grig, Xur, Kril, a Kodan, the tentacled Starfighter, the two Xandoxans, and Endurian. They were planned to be released in two-figure packs. Ultimately, the film was a modest success, but by then, it was too late to produce the toys. See more »

Goofs

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

[Lord Kril is receiving the broken Zando-Zan transmission]
Lord Kril: The last Starfighter...
Xur: [confidently] Is dead! The last Starfighter is dead! Nothing can stop us now! Ahead full to Rylos!
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Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Cracked China (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Satisfy The Night
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Karen Blake & Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
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Silly, enjoyable, fun
18 September 1999 | by 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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