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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

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He's got one extraordinary chance at the dream of a lifetime. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$28,733,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

A lot of the scenes with the Beta Unit were shot after main filming was complete, because the test audience liked the comic relief of the Beta Unit scenes, and Director Nick Castle decided they added more originality to the "boy gets to go to outer space" story. This is why in many of the Beta Unit scenes, Lance Guest is wearing a wig, he had cut his hair by the time those scenes were shot. 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

Alex Rogan: [calling out] Maggie! You're never going to believe this!
Maggie Gordon: [slaps him, angrily] I told you, Alex! Me and my, how did you put it, "strange sexual urges" aren't talking to you anymore!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Notes for a Nobleman: An Interview with Craig Safan (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Incommunicado
(Craig Safan & Mark Mueller)
Performed by Clif Magness
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A "gem" from the 80's
13 January 2004 | by dirvine-2See all my reviews

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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