The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

DVD - 2009
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Alex is an 18-year old Earthling who has an extraordinary talent for video game wizardry and conquers the Starfighter game. He is then recruited by alien Centauri to be part of an elite legion of fighters. Leaving behind his trailer park existence, he heads to the outer regions of space. Alex becomes the last hope for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worlds, including Earth.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2009]
Edition: 25th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD LAS


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DCLadults Aug 21, 2017

After finally achieving the high score on Starfighter, teenager Alex Rogan is recruited by the game designer to fight a war in space. An '80's classic.

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Jul 16, 2018

Board games such as chess and go have been used for centuries to develop strategic thinking and gamification is a real concept with many practical applications. To put this film into context, The Last Starfighter (1984) was released after Tron (1982) and Return Of The Jedi (1983), and it clearly riffs off of the original Star Wars (1977). The first episode of the Stargate Universe series also included recruitment by video game. Ready Player One (2018) is probably roughly equivalent to what this film was back then.

Sep 14, 2017

I watched this movie when it was first released and then bought the DVD when it came available. If you rated the movie by todays standards it would probably get 2 1/2 stars. I bought my first Apple II computer in 1981 and the graphics for this movie were top notch for what was available at the time. The acting had some tongue-in-cheek moments but Robert Preston was great in his role.

If you are going to compare this movie to the last release of Star Wars you will likely be disappointed. If you watch with an open mind, thinking about the technology of the day you will be entertained.

Apr 03, 2017

A very good movie, with some impressive cinematic history behind it. Well worth watching.

Jan 15, 2017

Average film considering no-name ensemble cast & thin plot.
However, it was miles ahead compared to video games adapted to movies.

A cheezy good spacetastical time with some heart & some decent laughs.

Jun 26, 2016

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May 23, 2015

OK. If this were 1984 (the year of The Last Starfighter's theatrical release), you can be sure that I'd most likely be raving about this Sci-Fi/Comedy, kiddies' film with a little bit more enthusiasm, and, yes, rating it with a higher score than just 1.5 measly stars, as well.

But, as things stand - Now 30 years later (after being thoroughly saturated for the past 3 decades by an onslaught of CGI effects in every single alien-related movie around), one can't help but see how totally inferior The Last Starfighter is in so many, many ways.

Had I been able to somehow relate to the youthful characters in the story, I might have leaned a little less critically on this film, which I view as a blatant rip-off of Star Wars.

But, as it stood - The Last Starfighter's story was a pretty well-worn tale that held no surprises and quickly got stale within its first half-hour.

Yes. I will admit that some of the visual effects here were quite good - But this didn't come anywhere near to compensating for the rest of The Last Starfighter which, pretty much, sucked to infinity, and beyond.

Apr 29, 2014

A fun, excitement filled sci fi movie with just a touch of romance, make this one a winner. For the time it was made, you see some of the innovation behind much of the CGI that is used (and overused) today. You also get a chillingly delightful villain in Xur and Robert Preston's role as Centauri holds it's own. An almost unrecognizable Dan O Heirily plays Grig, the alien commander who is Alex Rogan's ( the character played by Lance Guest) comrade in his battle against the evil threatening the heroic space frontier. Especially loved Catherine Mary Stewart as Maggie, Alex's girlfriend. Delightful entertainment.

Mar 16, 2014

This is dreadful! Possibly highly entertainingly dreadful if you're into 80s camp, but even my husband, who loves just about any action movie, conceded that it was really bad. Of course the special effects are terrible, but so is the plot.

kevfarley Feb 11, 2014

Great fun !! A low-key well-told gem. (... saw it twice.)

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Mar 27, 2011

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DanniOcean Dec 07, 2009

By today’s CGI blood n’ guts standards, The Last Starfighter might seem a little tame. Consider, however, that it was made in 1984 – it was one of the first movies to use modern computer animation – and this little gem of a science fiction movie holds up pretty well. It is a classic story: a young man named Alex has big dreams and is desperate to escape his small town life. He has a particular talent with an arcade videogame called Starfighter, and once he beats the game, his destiny comes to call - in a tricked-out Lamborghini. But the game was actually a test, revealing Alex’s gift as a gunner, and before you can say “Centauri” the car turns into a space-ship that whisks him off to fight in an actual intergalactic war, one that threatens the future of Earth as well.


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Mar 27, 2011

Alex Rogan: Store's closed, mister.
Centauri: I'm not here for cigarettes or bubble gum, my boy. Can you tell me the name of the person who broke the record on that game over there, and where I might find him?
Alex Rogan: Alex Rogan, and you're looking at him.


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