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The Last Starfighter -- When Alex conquers the Starfighter video game, he is recruited to be part of an elite legion of fighters and battle for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worlds - including Earth.


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Release Date:
13 July 1984 (USA) See more »
In his wildest dreams, Alex never suspected that tonight he would become... the Last Starfighter. See more »
A discouraged video-gaming boy finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kay E. Kuter ... Enduran
Dan Mason ... Lord Kril

Lance Guest ... Alex Rogan / Beta Alex

Dan O'Herlihy ... Grig

Catherine Mary Stewart ... Maggie Gordon

Barbara Bosson ... Jane Rogan
Norman Snow ... Xur

Robert Preston ... Centauri
Chris Hebert ... Louis Rogan

John O'Leary ... Rylan Bursar

George McDaniel ... Kodan Officer
Charlene Nelson ... Rylan Technician
John Maio ... Friendly Alien

Robert Starr ... Underling
Al Berry ... Rylan Spy

Scott Dunlop ... Tentacle Alien
Vernon Washington ... Otis
Peter Nelson ... Jack Blake

Peggy Pope ... Elvira

Meg Wyllie ... Granny Gordon
Ellen Blake ... Clara Potter
Britt Leach ... Mr. Potter
Bunny Summers ... Mrs. Boone
Owen Bush ... Mr. Boone

Marc Alaimo ... Hitchhiker

Cameron Dye ... Andy

Geoffrey Blake ... Gary
Kimberly Ross ... Cheerleader II

Wil Wheaton ... Louis' Friend
Bob Kenaston ... Uncle Bob
Ed Berke ... Cop #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Abbott ... Rylan Sargent (uncredited)

Suzanne Snyder ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Lee E. Stevens ... Bogati (uncredited)

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)
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
John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
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
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Lyle J. Burbridge .... music recording mixer (uncredited)
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Gibbs .... synthesizer performer (uncredited)
Rick Riccio .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Joel Rosenbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Craig Safan .... conductor (uncredited)
Craig Safan .... orchestrator (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

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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?

The film is called "The Last Starfighter" because Alex becomes the only Starfighter left, when the Starfighters and the navigators are massacred when the base is destroyed by an Ko-Dan meteor attack.See more »
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 »
Centauri:I must congratulate you on your virtuoso performance, my boy. Centauri is impressed. I've seen 'em come, and I've seen 'em go, but you're the best, my boy. Dazzling! Light years ahead of the competition! Centauri's got a little proposition for you. Are ya interested?See more »
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How is Alex Rogan The Last Starfighter?
Wasn't there a sequel?
Why didn't Centauri tell Alex that he wasn't really dying, when they got back to the destroyed Starfighter base?
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72 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
A "gem" from the 80's, 13 January 2004
Author: dirvine-2 from Selma, North Carolina

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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