The Last Starfighter
He didn't find his dreams... his dreams found him.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 4, 2009
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Subtitles - English, SDH, French, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Director Nick Castle and Production Designer Ron Cobb
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailer
- Heroes of the Screen
- Crossing the Frontier: Making The Last Starfighter
- Image Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lance Guest & Catherine Mary Stewart|
|Performer:||Robert Preston, Suzanne Snyder, Barbara Bosson & Dan O'Herlihy|
|Directed by||Michael Pressman|
|Edited by||C. Timothy O'Meara|
|Screenwriting by||Jonathan R. Betuel|
|Composition by||Craig Safan|
|Director of Photography:||King Baggot|
Rating: 3/5 -- the rousing kind of kid flick that inspires ten-year-old boys to grab broomsticks, storm the neighborhood hill, and go nuts on pretend aliens with ridiculous faux karate moves. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- full of 80s cheese, but for someone like me who grew up with this kind of stuff, it was the perfect escape Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- 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. Full Review
...[It] taps its sources with the zest of a vampire, and the result, if unoriginal, is nevertheless buoyant....Good-humored, bent on action and even touching...
New York Times
Rating: B -- One of the few successful Spielberg clones, administering the usual routine of aliens and mouth-agape wonder with friendly determination and a perfect, just perfect, game boy screenwriting hook. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- If you're going to shamelessly rip off Star Wars, make sure you do it with as much spirit as this film.
Flipside Movie Emporium
Rating: 5/5 -- Overlooked sci-fi tale. Great fun.
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Teenager Alex Rogan lives and works in the trailer-park that his mother owns. His life consists of contemplating his rather bleak future, and waiting for word on his college loan application to arrive. One night all this changes forever. Alex possesses an extraordinary skill at video games, and when this skill attracts a space-travelling recruiter looking for pilots to protect the galaxy from outside forces, he suddenly finds himself on another planet in the middle of an inter-galactic war. It seems that his game-playing abilities are an invaluable military asset to the embattled "Star League of Planets."
Adventure | Kids Adventure | Science-Fiction | Thriller | Recommended | Space Opera | Theatrical Release
- "The Last Starfighter" was actor Robert Preston's last film.
- Star Car was built by Gene Winfield Special Projects.
- Filmed in Technicolor and Panavision, with a projected aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
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