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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.

Director:

Nick Castle

Writer:

Jonathan R. Betuel (as Jonathan Betuel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John O'Leary ... Rylan Bursar
George McDaniel ... Kodan Officer
Charlene Nelson ... Rylan Technician
John Maio John Maio ... Friendly Alien
Robert Starr ... Underling
Al Berry ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último guerrero espacial See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Atari programmed games for its 5200 SuperSystem, and 400 and 800 series home computers, as a tie-in with this movie. The games never went past the prototype phase (though copies do survive). Also, the game was nothing like the arcade machine Alex played in the film. The technology did not exist at the time to produce real-time 3-D polygonal graphics on a home machine. Rumor also has it, that Atari produced one prototype Last Starfighter arcade machine, but it since has been lost. An early Atari 2600 program was revamped into the game released as "Solaris". 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

Centauri: Alex, I want you to know that it was for the greatest good that I brought you back. Of course... it never hurts to be rich.
[dies]
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Alternate Versions

On the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray and DVD, a brief musical cue is missing from the soundtrack. In previous versions, the reveal of Beta's half-formed face as he pulls the bed covers away (about a half-hour into the film) is accompanied by a string/cymbal crescendo, followed by a loud, low brass/percussion sting, which then crescendos into the next scene. This cue is completely absent on the 25th Anniversary Edition (though it is audible on the commentary track). See more »

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Incommunicado
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Clif Magness
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Juvenile Space Opera Fun
19 August 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

This video game/ STAR WARS inspired space opera epic is more fun than it probably has any right to be. While there is an instant or two where the film suffers greatly from a case of the "cutes", the great casting here makes this one remain worthwhile. In particular Dan O' Herlihy, with his performance as Alex Rogan's alien friend Grig, absolutely steals this movie and gets to deliver most of the best lines. And when he's not stealing the picture, another veteran character actor named Robert Preston (Centauri) is. Good stuff especially suitable for teenage sci-fi fans but even as an adult I cannot help but have a soft spot for this cast...even Lance Guest and Catherine Mary Stuart do alright here.


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