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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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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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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 »


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13 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último guerrero espacial  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

As Alex leaves the Starfighter's briefing to chase after Centauri, just before he runs into Grig, an announcer with a folksy-sounding voice says: "Now, Starfighters, if you will reach underneath your seats, you will find a packet which contains..." in an apparent parody of the survival kit briefing given by Major Kong aboard the B-52 in the film "Dr. Strangelove." 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

Alex Rogan: Centauri! I thought you were dead.
Centauri: Me, die? And miss all the excitement? Ha-ha, no. I was merely dormant while my body repaired itself. Ah well, enough with the details. Suffice it to say, you're on Rylos, my boy. Stop thinking human, that's lesson number one. Lesson number two...
[leans in]
Centauri: You've got a good thing going here. Keep smiling, don't blow it. Lesson number three: Always trust Centauri...
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Referenced in Robot Chicken: Walking Dead Lobster (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Satisfy The Night
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Karen Blake & Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
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Juvenile Space Opera Fun
19 August 2003 | by See 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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