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The Last Starfighter (13-Jul-1984)

Director: Nick Castle

Writer: Jonathan Betuel

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Video Game

Trailer park handyman Alex Rogan, anticipating college but denied a student loan, passes time playing the arcade video game Starfighter; after a particularly high score, he is recruited by alien agents to help guard the Star League against invading Xur. Tongue-in-cheek, with good characters though dated special effects; now a cult film. Received a Hugo nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Barbara Bosson
1-Nov-1939   Fay Furillo on Hill Street Blues
Cameron Dye
13-Dec-1959   Joy of Sex
Lance Guest
21-Jul-1960   The Last Starfighter
Dan O'Herlihy
1-May-1919 17-Feb-2005 The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Robert Preston
8-Jun-1918 21-Mar-1987 The Music Man
Catherine Mary Stewart
22-Apr-1959   The Last Starfighter
Wil Wheaton
29-Jul-1972   Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG
Meg Wyllie
15-Feb-1917 1-Jan-2002 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters


Kay E. Kuter   ...   Enduran
Dan Mason   ...   Lord Kril
Lance Guest   ...   Alex Rogan
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   ...   Rylan Bursar
George McDaniel   ...   Kodan Officer
Charlene Nelson   ...   Rylan Technician
John Maio   ...   Friendly Alien
Robert Starr   ...   Underling
Al Berry   ...   Rylan Spy
Scott Dunlop   ...   Tentacle Alien
Vernon Washington   ...   Otis
Peter Nelson   ...   Jack Blake
Peggy Pope   ...   Elvira
Meg Wyllie   ...   Granny Gordon
Ellen Blake   ...   Clara Potter
Britt Leach   ...   Mr. Potter
Bunny Summers   ...   Mrs. Boone
Owen Bush   ...   Mr. Boone
Marc Alaimo   ...   Hitchhiker
Cameron Dye   ...   Andy
Geoffrey Blake   ...   Gary
Kimberly Ross   ...   Cheerleader
Bob Kenaston   ...   Uncle Bob
Ed Berke   ...   Cop


Review by anonymous (posted on 15-Jan-2007)

Seeing this film as a child, I recently relived the moments recreated on DVD. The hero, Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), feels destined to live out his boring life in a trailer park, when he unwittingly makes the highest score on the "Starfighter" video game. While thinking of his future plans, he is met by Centauri (Robert Preston) in an unusual car who whisks him off to outer space to help "defend the frontier from the evil emperor Zur and the Kodan Armada." While on the planet Rylos, Alex feels he's been tricked and wants to return to earth, not knowing that Kodan fighters have already been sent to earth to kill him. After learning of the situation, Alex calls on Centauri to bring him back to Rylos to join the Starfighters. However, upon his return, Alex finds that the starfighters have all been killed in an attack on the base. Against all odds, Alex joins with his navigator, Grig (Dan O'Herlihy) to become The Last Starfighter. Claiming to have the highest quality special effects and digital imaging of the day, The Last Starfighter is very entertaining, though predictable and lacking quality acting in many areas. Defintely not an award winner but absolutely a cult classic and worth the watch.

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