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The Last Starfighter [1984] (1 disc)
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Director:Nick Castle
Writer:Jonathan R. Betuel
Composer:Craig Safan
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Family
  • CG
  • Action
  • Drama
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Synopsis: A young man begins to feel trapped in a life not of his choosing, when a game and a visitor open the universe to him.


Reaction: Great movie. Classic


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
Nick Castle => Director
Jonathan R. Betuel => Writer
Craig Safan => Composer
Barbara Bosson => Jane Rogan
Cameron Dye => Andy
Catherine Mary Stewart => Maggie Gordon
Charlene Nelson => Rylan Technician
Chris Hebert => Louis Rogan
Dan Mason => Lord Kril
Dan O'Herlihy => Grig
Geoffrey Blake => Gary
George McDaniel => Kodan Officer
John O'Leary => Rylan Bursar
Kay E. Kuter => Enduran
Lance Guest => Alex Rogan / Beta Alex
Marc Alaimo => Hitchhiker
Meg Wyllie => Granny Gordon
Norman Snow => Xur
Peggy Pope => Elvira
Robert Preston => Video Game Narrator (voice) / Centauri
Vernon Washington => Otis
Wil Wheaton => Louis' Friend

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The first movie to do all special effects (except makeup and explosions) on a computer. All shots of spacecraft, space, etc were generated on a Cray X-MP computer.
  • Although Wil Wheaton's speaking scenes were cut, he can be seen in two scenes - running around the trailer park early in the film (wearing a red football jersey), and in the final scene, where he is obscured, standing behind Louis (wearing a blue jacket, possibly over the red jersey).
  • This was Robert Preston's last movie appearance.
  • The alien script seen on the computer screens in the movie is actually Hebrew with some variations.
  • During the pilots briefing, when Lance Guest is exiting the room, you can hear Slim Pickens describing the contents of the pilot's survival kit. This is an audio clip taken from Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
  • The "Star Car" that Centauri drives is based on the DeLorean automobile, including its gull wing doors and its stainless steel construction.
  • In addition to the major "[Star Trek] universe" roles later played by "Starfighter" cast members Wil Wheaton and Marc Alaimo, several others in the movie's cast guest starred in various [Star Trek] franchises. They include Dan Mason, Barbara Bosson, Norman Snow and Geoffrey Blake. But notable among them is Meg Wyllie ("Granny Gordon") who played one of the Talosian "keepers" in the [Star Trek] pilot, {The Cage}.
  • Robert Preston and Dan O'Herlihy had never met before this movie. When they finally met on the set, O'Herlihy was already in Grig makeup with a full-head mask. O'Herlihy introduced himself and Preston jokingly replied that of course he recognized O'Herlihy because he had "one of those faces."
  • The translator given Alex on Rylos is the circuit board of a digital watch.
  • 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 the director 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 obviously wearing a wig - he had cut his hair by the time those scenes were shot.