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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... See more »

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Enduran
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Lord Kril
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Alex Rogan / Beta Alex
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Grig
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Maggie Gordon
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Jane Rogan
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Xur
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Centauri
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Louis Rogan
John O'Leary ...
Rylan Bursar
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Kodan Officer
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Rylan Technician
John Maio ...
Friendly Alien
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Underling
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Rylan Spy
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Tentacle Alien
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Otis
Peter Nelson ...
Jack Blake
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Elvira
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Granny Gordon
Ellen Blake ...
Clara Potter
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Mr. Potter
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Mrs. Boone
Owen Bush ...
Mr. Boone
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Hitchhiker
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Andy
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Gary
Kimberly Ross ...
Cheerleader II
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Louis' Friend
Bob Kenaston ...
Uncle Bob
Ed Berke ...
Cop #1
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Rylan Sargent (uncredited)
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Cheerleader (uncredited)
Lee E. Stevens ...
Bogati (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nick Castle

Written by

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Jonathan R. Betuel ... (written by) (as Jonathan Betuel)

Produced by

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Gary Adelson ... producer
Edward O. Denault ... producer
John Whitney Jr. ... associate producer (as John H. Whitney Jr.)
Robert E. Swanson ... consulting producer (uncredited)

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Craig Safan

Cinematography by

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King Baggot ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Carroll Timothy O'Meara ... (as C. Timothy O'Meara)

Editorial Department

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Conrad M. Gonzalez ... assistant film editor
Frank E. Jimenez ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Irene Mariano
Barbara Miller

Production Design by

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Ron Cobb

Art Direction by

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Jim Bissell ... (as James D. Bissell)

Set Decoration by

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Linda Spheeris

Costume Design by

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Robert Fletcher

Makeup Department

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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

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Kim C. Friese ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Denault ... second assistant director
Brian E. Frankish ... first assistant director
Sharon Gerhard ... dga trainee

Art Department

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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

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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 ... re-recording mixer
Margie O'Malley ... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Lauren Palmer ... adr editor
B. Tennyson Sebastian II ... re-recording mixer
Michele Sharp ... sound editor
Jack Solomon ... production sound mixer
John J. Stephens ... re-recording mixer
James Thompson ... cable person (as James E. Thompson)
Al Yaylian ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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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

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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

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Glenn R. Wilder ... stunt coordinator (as Glen Wilder)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Dan Bronson ... wardrobe: men
Maritza Garcia-Roddy ... wardrobe: women (as Maritza Garcia)
James Linn ... costumer

Location Management

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Geoffrey Ryan ... location manager

Music Department

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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)
Wayne Coster ... copyist (uncredited)
Richard Gibbs ... synthesizer performer (uncredited)
Rick Riccio ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Joel Rosenbaum ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Craig Safan ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Wayne R. Campbell ... transportation captain (as Wayne Campbell)
Bill Cresant ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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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
Carole Sherman ... secretary: Gary Adelson
Debbie Smith ... production coordinator
Maureen White ... production liaison
Craig Miller ... marketing consultant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 paying the bounty on him, he must be victorious. Written by John Vogel & Spokavriel updated

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Taglines In his wildest dreams, Alex never suspected that tonight he would become... the Last Starfighter. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Starfighter (France)
  • Starfight (Germany)
  • Starfighter: La aventura comienza (Spain)
  • Starfight - Sieger über tausend Sonnen (West Germany)
  • O astromahitis (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,011,695, 15 Jul 1984

Did You Know?

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Trivia Used all visual effects (except make-up and explosions) on a computer. All shots of spacecraft and space were generated on a Cray X-MP computer. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into No Fate But What We Make: 'Terminator 2' and the Rise of Digital Effects (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Never Crossed My Mind See more »
Quotes Centauri: [voice in video game] Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.
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