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The Last Starfighter

Lance Guest , Robert Preston , Nick Castle    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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At the time of its original release in 1984, this modestly budgeted sci-fi excursion had the distinction of offering some of the first examples of purely computer-generated animation, an apt (and frugal) special-effects solution for a movie with a plot line rooted in computer games. Both the computer-generated visuals and the arcade game now look quaint, but writer-director Nick Castle's affable, good- hearted adventure holds up nicely, thanks to a clever premise--the title game is actually a test for prospective starship pilots, planted by embattled aliens under siege from an evil invader. When a restless teenager (Lance Guest) racks up an impressive score, he finds himself spirited away to the besieged planet and thrust into the midst of an intergalactic war. Apart from Castle's skill at contrasting his extraterrestrial settings with the mundane details of his hero's earthbound life, the movie gets lift-off from two thorough pros, Robert Preston, who makes the alien recruiter, Centauri, a planet-hopping cousin to The Music Man's Harold Hill, and Dan O'Herlihy, the alien copilot, who suggests a scaly Walter Brennan. Older fans will snicker, but kids and young teens will find this rite of passage absorbing, while their folks will savor Preston's brash charm. --Sam Sutherland

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my fondest memories... July 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
One of the fondest memories of my childhood was watching this movie while eating a Chef-Boy-Ardee sausage pizza. (remember those?) Many hot summer days were spent enjoying the adventure of Alex Rogan travelling to Rylos and realizing his dreams and his destiny as a Starfighter with his navigator, Grigg. This is one of those inexplicably optimistic films that popped up in the 80's. Despite the fact that the special effects may look dated now, the story is timeless and well written for this genre. The video presentation on this DVD is rather crisp and clear but the audio could be a "little" better. Still, this is a wonderful film for kids and nostalgic adults alike. Oh, the extras are nice as well. I hadn't seen the "Making of" documentary since it appeared on HBO when I was a kid. This is a wonderful film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You have been recruited by the Star League!" Jan. 10 2004
By M. Hart
Format:DVD
In 1984, Lorimar Film Entertainment and Universal Pictures joined forces to create a very engaging and entertaining sci-fi film entitled "The Last Starfighter". Directed by Nick Castle, the story begins in the dreary and dusty "Starlite Starbrite" trailer park where the teenager Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) lives with his mother Jane Rogan (Barbara Bosson) and his inquisitive little brother Louis Rogan (Chris Hebert). Alex has very little free time for himself as he has become the de facto trailer park maintenance man, repairing various problems in neighbors' trailers. He would like to go to college and leave the trailer park behind, but his mother's meager wages make that impossible. His girlfriend Maggie Gordon (Catherine Mary Stewart) also lives in the trailer park. When not with Maggie, Alex's favorite enjoys playing a videogame called Starfighter located next to the trailer park's office. Alex becomes very skilled at beating the videogame to the delight of trailer park residents. One night, a mysterious, fast-talking man named Centauri (Robert Preston, 1918-1987) pulls up in a fancy car. After asking about who beat the videogame, he invites Alex to join him in his car for a meeting. To Alex's dismay, Centauri drives them away from the trailer park and then into outer space, where he takes Alex to the planet Rylos so that he can become a real starfighter to fight the evil Xur (Norman Snow) and the Kodan armada. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Film, with a bit of film history Nov. 8 2002
Format:DVD
I remember seeing this film when it came out in 1984 and enjoying it. I liked it then, and I liked it again when I saw it recently on DVD. There are two reasons why you might enjoy The Last Starfighter:
(1) You are looking for a movie to watch with kids aged 8 to 14. This movie has a simple, straightforward storyline that holds attention and enjoyment for its 101 minutes. My daughters (10 and 12) loved it, though they noted that the special effects were a bit obvious (see also reason (2)). It was a nice family treat.
(2) You want to see a bit of film history; this one has two attractions. It was the first full-length motion picture to rely entirely on computer-generated graphics for its special effects, arguably blazing the way for the CGI industry of a decade later. From the perspective of 18 years later, these effects are pretty obvious, but they are not primitive. They work well. And they were done on computers that were less powerful than the laptop I'm typing this review on.
The second bit of film history in this movie is that it was one of the last films to co-star Robert Preston, in a role that is deliberately modeled on one his most famous (and enjoyable roles), that of the outrageous flim-flam man of The Music Man. "Centuri" (Preston) is the reincarnation of Professor Harold Hill in outer space. If you are a fan of Robert Preston, you'll enjoy his performance in this movie. It is obvious that he enjoyed doing it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Out There July 6 2002
Format:DVD
18 year old Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) wants some excitement to come his way. He is tired of living in a trailer park, and having nothing to look forward to, except beating his own score on his favorite arcade game. Then one day, adventure finally beckons, when an alien named Centauri (Robert Preston) comes to Earth. Centauri wants to recruit Alex to help fight the evil KO-DAN and keep them from destroying The Star League Of Planets. Starfighters are being called to duty from every corner of space. Alex will represent the last starfighter of earth...He accepts the mission.
THE LAST STARFIGHTER is an enjoyable space fantasy from director Nick Castle from 1984. The film has a cult film following, thanks to fine performances from Guest, Preston, and Dan O'Herlihy as Grig. The film was made just as CGI was being launched, which helped to emphasize the other worldly aspects. Sure, by today's standards, the FX may seem quaint, but that only adds to the film's appeal. For me, the film works, due to its likeable characters and story, rather than just its FX. If you have ne never seen the film before, do yourself a favor, and check it out.
The Collector's Edition DVD has a good commentary track with Castle and Production Designer Ron Cobb that is light and informative. The 35 minute retrospective pretty good too, but at times, rather redundant to the commentary. There are production photos, cast/crew info, and 2 theatrical trailers. All in all a solid disc for an often over-looked cult favorite. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Favorite - You Bet
Play this often.
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This movie was great I saw it years ago I thought it was worth owning it
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4.0 out of 5 stars The acting is pretty bad, the special effects are cutting edge (at ...
Nostalgia bomb! Some early popular sci-fi from the 1980s. And it shows! The acting is pretty bad, the special effects are cutting edge (at the time), and the fate of the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This is one of my favourite movies while growing up. Watched it more times than I can count. I got to share the movie with my 13 year old niece. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DLH
2.0 out of 5 stars Product was good. Prime was a waste.
I received the product, but the whole 'get it within the next 48 hours using Prime' was a bogus as one could endure. Days turned into well over a week and some. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Fun Movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic
this is a classic. still enjoy every moment. will always have a following in each generation. great for the kids
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