IMDb > The Last Starfighter (1984)
The Last Starfighter
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Last Starfighter (1984) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 10 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   23,626 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 10% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Jonathan R. Betuel (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Last Starfighter on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
13 July 1984 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
In his wildest dreams Alex never suspected that tonight he would become... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Father of all CGI movies See more (127 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Nick Castle 
 
Writing credits
Jonathan R. Betuel (written by) (as Jonathan Betuel)

Produced by
Gary Adelson .... producer
Edward O. Denault .... producer
John Whitney Jr. .... associate producer (as John H. Whitney Jr.)
Robert E. Swanson .... consulting producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Craig Safan 
 
Cinematography by
King Baggot (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
 
Casting by
Irene Mariano 
Barbara Miller 
 
Production Design by
Ron Cobb 
 
Art Direction by
James D. Bissell 
 
Set Decoration by
Linda Spheeris 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Fletcher 
 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... mechanical effects makeup
Werner Keppler .... technical makeup
Audrey Levy .... key hair stylist
Terry Smith .... design makeup
Gerald Solomon .... assistant hair stylist (as Gerald Salomon)
Rick Stratton .... makeup lab sculptor (uncredited)
Brian Wade .... makeup effects technician: Greg Cannom (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kim C. Friese .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Denault .... second assistant director
Brian E. Frankish .... first assistant director
Sharon Gerhard .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Carl Aldana .... illustrator
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator
Beverli Eagan .... set designer (as Beverli Egan)
Tracy Farrington .... property master
Don High .... set designer
Robert Inklekofeer .... leadman
John L. Jensen .... production illustrator (as John L. Jenson)
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as Jim Teegarden)
Michael Wiegand .... assistant props
Chris Courtois .... model maker (uncredited)
Peg McClellan .... illustrations (uncredited)
Lee N. Sforza .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Michael Walsh .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Juno J. Ellis .... assistant sound editor
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as David Gray)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recording mixer
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Lauren Palmer .... adr editor
B. Tennyson Sebastian II .... sound re-recording mixer
Michele Sharp .... sound editor
Jack Solomon .... production sound mixer
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer
James Thompson .... cable person (as James E. Thompson)
Al Yaylian .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
James Camomile .... special effects (as James Dale Camomile)
Michael Lantieri .... special effects
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor
Darrell Pritchett .... special effects (as Darrell D. Pritchett)
Joseph C. Sasgen .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Peggy Baker .... digital post-production coordinator: Digital Productions
Fred Bradford .... software developer: Digital Productions
Allison Brooks .... digital editorial: Digital Productions
Michael Busch .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Philip Chen .... software developer: Digital Productions
Andy Davidson .... software developer: Digital Productions
Brad deGraf .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Gary Demos .... technical executive: Digital Productions
Ken Dozier .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Tom Earnist .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Michelle Feraud .... software developer: Digital Productions
Kathleen Fisken .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Noah Gans .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Gordon Garb .... software developer: Digital Productions
Walter Gish .... software developer: Digital Productions
Jack Green .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Erin Rae Hoffer .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Brad Hunt .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Paul Isaacs .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Bob Kensinger .... digital editorial: Digital Productions
Michael Kory .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Shelley Lake .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Beth Leitner .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Larry Luther .... software developer: Digital Productions
Stephanie Mardesich .... assistant to production executive: Digital Productions
Sherry McKenna .... production executive: Digital Productions
Malcolm McMillan .... software developer: Digital Productions
Mary Ann Morris .... software developer: Digital Productions
Ron Moszkowski .... technical manager: Digital Productions
Emily Nagle .... software developer: Digital Productions
Jeffrey A. Okun .... visual effects coordinator
Kevin Rafferty .... senior drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
David Ruhoff .... software developer: Digital Productions
Jim Rygiel .... senior technical mananger: Digital Productions
Stephen Skinner .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Donald Smith .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Claudia Sumner .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Productions
John Tilton .... drafter/encoder: Digital Productions
Larry Yaeger .... software developer: Digital Productions
Roger Dorney .... optical supervisor (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... Vistavision scan plate cinematography: Kenimation/Digital Productions (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects: Digital Productions (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects still photographer (uncredited)
John Scheele .... visual effects consultant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (as Glen Wilder)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard J. Beban .... second assistant camera (as Richard Beban)
Stephen E. Bridge .... camera operator (as Stephen Bridge)
Roger Gebhard .... first assistant camera
Marlin Hall .... key grip
Charles Hatcher .... dolly grip (as Chuck Hatcher)
George Holmes .... gaffer
Larry Keys .... best boy electric
Rodney Veto .... best boy grip
Richard Clark .... video playback supervisor (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Joe Kelly .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... wardrobe: men
Maritza Garcia-Roddy .... wardrobe: women (as Maritza Garcia)
James Linn .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Conrad M. Gonzalez .... assistant film editor
Frank E. Jimenez .... apprentice film editor
 
Music Department
David Franco .... music supervisor
Daniel J. Johnson .... music editor (as Dan Johnson)
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Rick Riccio .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Wayne R. Campbell .... transportation captain (as Wayne Campbell)
Bill Cresant .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Bea Blondell .... production auditor
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor
Linda Foster .... assistant: Nick Castle
Gary Gero .... animal handler
Don Hamblen .... craft service
Gwen Johnson .... animal handler
Susan Kobata .... secretary: E. O. Denault
Jack Lyons .... unit publicist
Linda Poster .... assistant: Nick Castle
Geoffrey Ryan .... location manager
Carole Sherman .... secretary: Gary Adelson
Debbie Smith .... production coordinator
Maureen White .... production liaison
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
101 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:10 | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Nick Castle specifically chose Craig Safan to compose the score.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Lord Kril:Damage report!
Kodan Officer:Guidance system out. Auxiliary steering out.
Lord Kril:Divert! Divert!
Kodan Officer:She won't answer the helm! We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull. What do we do?
[sound of Lord Kril's eyepiece swinging over left eye]
Lord Kril:We die.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Satisfy The NightSee more »

FAQ

Has there ever been a "Starfighter" game released?
See more »
18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Father of all CGI movies, 25 January 2009
Author: XweAponX from United States

If you run through the end credits you will see names like Jeffery Okun (Independence Day) and Jim Rygiel (Lord of the Rings and Starship Troopers) as well as several other people for whom this might have been their first film- It is certainly the first feature length film with a lot of CGI... Considering that the Macintosh had not even been invented yet, and the only PC was the IBM PC/XT, it is an incredible feat of CGI for the time, this was a time when "computer" did not mean a PC with XP or Vista installed, it meant a Box with Plugs, and you had to buy peripherals and hook them up, and some computers did not even have a monitor, the Printers just echoed what you typed on the keyboard- Hence the term in a DOS "Autoexec.Bat" file- "Echo On" which was the command to tell the PC to "print" what you typed onto the printer, which was likely a huge Dot-matrix monstrosity.

When you think of the State of the Art in 1983 and the SOA Now... It is amazing that the special effects department ever was able to get this done. At that time, there were not even any Hard Disk Drives for storage medium. So it is not surprising at all that they had to borrow a Cray for this.

This is a very fine film... I rented it from Von's back in 1984 on a beta tape and watched it with my mom, and she liked it as well. She really liked the characters of Grig and Centauri.

Just to make a comment here about the look of the "aliens" - Which look like Minbari from Babylon-5. But if you look close, you can virtually detect pieces of set that ended up in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and in Star Trek: The Next Generatiion. I refer to the Table on the Command ship around which the commanders are clustered, and also, in the Starfighter base, there is a little gizmo that lies on it's side, with two long glass tubes through which Ruby laser is being fed- This was part of Beverly Crusher's Apparatus on the Enterprise D. So in a way, if this film had not been made, a lot of the look of some of the places in ST:TNG would have been different, including Engineering in ST:TNG, which ended up with that Table from the Command Ship. I would know those set pieces anywhere... And if anyone has seen "Bladerunner: Dangerous Days" They would see that indeed, lots of pieces made for other films end up in unlikely places, and in Bladerunner, whenever the Spinners fly over a city scene, if you look carefully you can see, The Millennium Falcon, pointed upright.

The non-cgi parts of this story are filmed just as well as any of the scifi fare of the day... The only weakness in my opinion is the blending of the CGI shots to the filmed stock. It is amazing the the CGI work was done on a Cray Supercomputer- And it is far from the hero work on LOTR, King Kong, Iron Man... But for its time, it was great. I remember when I first saw it, I actually liked the look... If you think about it, the stark CGI look of the starfighters, and the Frontier, and the base, and the command ship: It is all very much like a video game, and so this fits in very well with the plot of an alien man parking a "Starfighter Test" disguised as a video game in a trailer park in order to find Starfighters for this little episode.

It is as if Alex's whole POV is as if the video game has been expanded to a much larger scale. I immensely enjoyed the "Death Blossom" gag, it had humor and class. The HUD probably was influential for games like Descent Freespace and Mech Warrior 2.

The idea of having a personal robot to take ones place in uncomfortable circumstances is explored in this film, much to Alex's chagrin with his girlfriend.

I find the character actors in this well chosen, including Meg Wylie (One of the Talosians from the Pilot Star Trek Episode "The Cage") as Maggie's Grandmother, who at the end of the film gives a kind of "Salute" from Trek to Starfighter- Of you look close for it.

It would please me, and a large amount of fans no end to have a new "Special Effects" version of this film where the CGI could be run through a few things to give it a bit more realism, but that may spoil the FPS (First Person Shooter) effect of the film.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (127 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Last Starfighter (1984)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The Translator chip (error) royale69
The music...my God the music... Professor_Fate_86
Doesn't have the same flame for me........ MartinBlank05
Who would you cast for the sequel? JohnDylan6
NEW Starfigher movie! mmka1
If they were to do a reboot....my cast... supercbm7997
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Star Wars Green Lantern Transformers Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.