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The Last Starfighter (1984)




Critic Consensus: The plot is as barebones a space movie will allow, but The Last Starfighter captures an era and eager style of filmmaking well.

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Trailer-park teenager Lance Guest regularly escapes from his humdrum existence by playing the video game Starfighter. His expertise at this recreational endeavor attracts the attention of affable stranger Robert Preston. Before he knows what's happening, Guest is whisked by Preston into the outer reaches of the galaxy! It turns out that the Starfighter game is being played in deadly earnest in outer space, and that Guest is expected to join Preston's Star League, then do battle with the wicked Kodan forces. Guest's principal ally is the lizardlike Grig (Dan O'Herlihy--and we didn't recognize him either). His great rival is the traitorous Xur (Norman Snow). The contrast between Guest's earthbound life as the son of single-mother Barbara Bosson and his new position as Starfighter is daunting at first, but soon the boy is manning a spacecraft and zapping the baddies as though he's been doing it all his life. The Last Starfighter was clearly designed with "sequel" in mind: giveaways include the resurrection of a "dead" character and the surprisingly casual escape of the villain. While the film didn't stir up enough business to warrant a sequel, the Starfighter video game remained a much-sought-after commodity by joystick-happy "warriors" all over the country. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Lance Guest
as Alex Rogan
Barbara Bosson
as Jane Rogan
Kay E. Kuter
as Enduran
Chris Hebert
as Louis Rogan
Dan Mason
as Lord Kril
John O'Leary
as Rylan Bursar
George McDaniel
as Kodan Officer
Charlene Nelson
as Rylan Technician
John Maio
as Friendly Alien
Robert Starr
as Underling
Al Berry
as Rylan Spy
Maggie Cooper
as Rylan Sergeant
Bruce Abbott
as Rylan Sergeant
Scott R. Dunlop
as Tentacled Alien
Peter W. Nelson
as Jack Blake
Peggy Pope
as Elvira
Meg Wyllie
as Granny Gordon
Ellen Blake
as Clara Potter
Britt Leach
as Mr. Potter
Bunny Summers
as Mrs. Boone
Owen Bush
as Mr. Boone
Marc Alaimo
as Hitchhiker
Kimberly Ross
as Cheerleader
Wil Wheaton
as Louis' Friend
Bob Kenaston
as Uncle Bob
Chris Herbert
as Louis Rogan
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Critic Reviews for The Last Starfighter

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (3)

Great fun, with some truly comical moments; a must for pulp-heads and video-junkies.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

The special effects are competent. The acting is good, and I enjoyed Robert Preston's fast-talking The Music Man reprise and the gentle wit of Dan O'Herlihy's extraterrestrial. But the final spark was missing.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

On paper -- at least on one the size of a Post-it Note -- The Last Starfighter sounds like the same-old same-old. So the surprise regarding this film is how it deviates from the expected paths in interesting ways.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Nearly four decades later, Arrow Video releases a 4k restoration that not only offers an impressive audio/visual presentation but is jam-packed with bonus features any fan of the cult classic will be unable to resist.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The result is of so much mediocrity that prevents 'The Last Starfighter' from catching up with other 'children' of the eighties. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The quintessential '80s artifact -- though in this case I mean that in the best way possible. It arrived at a time when earnestness hadn't yet been overwhelmed by cynicism.

November 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Starfighter

The Last Star Fighter is an entertaining Sci Fi action adventure that I quite enjoyed. Although not perfect, the film is very entertaining from start to finish. Many critics have said that this is similar to Star Wars, and I can see why, but there is still plenty of originality to the film to make it a memorable viewing experience. Though not perfect, The Last Star Fighter is still a film with plenty of charm, and nostalgia value, and for that it works very well. Director Nick Castle crafts a Sci Fi adventure with heart, and the cast do a great job in their performances to really make this an amusing ride. Although not as great as others in the genre, this is a film worth seeing if you're a fan of Sci Fi. The film's flaws are that it does look a bit dated by today's standards, but if you grew up watching it, you won't mind that much. Some areas could have been improved upon as well, and I felt that this film could have been great, instead it's a film that's good, but never realizes its potential. Overall, the film is entertaining and it is a film that manages to work around its shortcomings to create something memorable. The cast keep you engaged and there are some impressive effects that are a highlight of the picture. I found this one to be much better than what I thought it was going to be. If you're looking for a good Sci Fi film, then give this one a shot, you may be surprised by how good this one is.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Despite the obvious Star Wars overtones/wholesale rip-offs, this is a fun film with some great scenes. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Even for a sci-fi movie the story is really out there, and not in a good way. This movie is corny and predictable. I didn't care for it.

Aj V
Aj V

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