Friday, 7 January 2011

The Last Starfighter Review (Updated)

The Last Starfighter

Release Date: 13th December 1984 Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Lorimar Film Entertainment

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 101 minutes

Budget: $15,000,000

Box Office Gross: $28,733,290 (USA)

Plot Summary
“Greetings, Starfighter! You
have been recruited by the
Star League to defend the
frontier against Xur and the
Kodan Armada.” So begins
an adventure of galactic
proportions in The Last
Starfighter. After Earthling
Alex conquers the Starfighter
video game, he is recruited
by alien Centauri to be part
of an elite legion of fighters.
Leaving behind his trailer
park home for the outer
regions space, Alex becomes
the last hope for the
beleaguered Star League
and hundreds of worlds –
including Earth.

Lance Guest – Alex Rogan/Beta Alex
Dan O'Herlihy – Grig
Catherine Mary Stewart – Maggie Gordon
Norman Snow – Xur
Robert Preston – Centauri
Kay E. Kuter – Enduran
Barbara Bosson – Jane Rogan
Chris Hebert – Louis Rogan
Dan Mason – Lord Kril
Vernon Washington – Otis
John O'Leary – Rylan Bursar
Peter Nelson Jack Blake 
Meg Wylie Granny Gordon
Peggy Pope Elvira
Ellen Blake Clara Potter
Britt Leach Mr. Potter
Bunny Summers Mrs. Boone
Owen Bush Mr. Boone
Cameron Dye Andy
Geoffrey Blake Gary
Will Wheaton Louis' Friend

Director – Nick Castle
Writer – Jonathan R. Betuel
Associate Producer – John Whitney Jr.
Producers – Gary Adelson 
and Edward O. Denault
Production Designer – Ron Cobb
Costume Designer – Robert Fletcher
Mechanical Effects Makeup – Lance Anderson
Design Makeup – Terry Smith
Cinematography – King Baggot
Special Effects Supervisor – Kevin Pike
Visual Effects Supervisor: Digital Productions – 
Claudia Summer
Film Editor – Carroll Timothy O'Meara 
Music – Craig Safan

THE LAST STARFIGHTER was a rare science fiction film that was released in 1984. Its plot was a bit like the STAR WARS franchise, but it was an interesting step of approaching a video game concept. I do enjoy its early computer graphic effects since it was the second movie to use it. The first being TRON (click here) and was only the beginning to try out the new things. The acting by Lance Guest was rather great and I know it is bad that he's never been a well-known actor with a prolific experience. The late Robert Preston shines his star in his final role as Centauri and it could be true that he nodded the comparison to a different character he played in THE MUSIC MAN. The humour is very amusing and never stops been awfully low if it seems to identify it as a teen/sci-fi comedy movie. I also praise the music score by Craig Safan which I thought that it sounded similar to the one out of STAR WARS by John Williams. 

I admit that this has been a cherished good movie, I would have to wait for THE LAST STARFIGHTER to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Australia. Of course for any Aussie who only has seen it in digital television, it will have to wait until the near-future.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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