• The Last Starfighter (1984)

The Last Starfighter

Release Date: July 13th, 1984

DVD Release Date: June 8th, 1999

PG |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

After finally achieving the high score on Starfighter, his favorite arcade game, everyday teenager Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) meets the game's designer, Centauri (Robert Preston) -- who reveals that he created Starfighter as a training ground for developing and recruiting actual pilots to help fight a war in space. Whisked away from the banality of his trailer park life to a distant alien planet, Alex struggles to use his video game-playing skills to pilot a real ship, with real lives at stake.

Cast: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Barbara Bosson, Norman Snow, John O'Leary, Chris Hebert

Director: Nick Castle

Genres: Science Fiction

Keywords: Mother, Rise, Growing up, 1980s, Brother, Underdog, Transformation, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Variety

    With The Last Starfighter, director Nick Castle and writer Jonathan Betuel have done something so simple it's almost awe-inspiring: they've taken a very human story and accented it with sci-fi special effects, rather than the other way around. show more

  • 50
    Miami Herald

    Video-game-come-true plot is corny, but somehow it works. [13 July 1984, p.D10]

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Last Starfighter is a well-made movie. The special effects are competent. The acting is good, and I enjoyed Robert Preston's fast-talking The Music Man reprise (we've got trouble, right here in the galaxy) and the gentle wit of Dan O'Herlihy's extraterrestrial. But the final spark was missing, the final burst of inspiration that might have pulled all these concepts and inspirations and retreads together into a good movie. show more

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