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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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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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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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Grig: Up to your old "Excalibur" tricks again, eh, Centauri? Did it ever occur to you that it is against the law to recruit from worlds outside the Star League?
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Incommunicado
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Performed by Clif Magness
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Fantastic Sci-Fi Movie that captures the spirit of 80's Cinema
23 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story is simple and has probably been retold in every heroic setting possible. It's also a bit of wish fulfillment for those of us that grew up pumping quarters into arcade video games.

In my opinion the acting is above average for a movie like this. It is much helped by veteran actors Robert Preston and Dan O'Herlihy. Lance Guest does a great turn as Alex as well.

The effects were not appreciated at the time, I think, but hold up fairly well. They were drawn on that Holy Grail of computers to us children of the 80's; a Kray Supercomputer.

The score is well done, the humor timed well and the overall good feeling I get from watching it never fades. You can't go wrong with this gem.


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