The Last Starfighter (1984)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 7
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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 1
Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Trailer-park teenager Lance Guest regularly escapes from his humdrum existence by playing the video game Starfighter. His expertise at this recreational endeavor attracts the attention of affable stranger Robert Preston. Before he knows what's happening, Guest is whisked by Preston into the outer reaches of the galaxy! It turns out that the Starfighter game is being played in deadly earnest in outer space, and that Guest is expected to join Preston's Star League, then do battle with the wicked
Jul 13, 1984 Wide
Jun 8, 1999
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Great fun, with some truly comical moments; a must for pulp-heads and video-junkies.
It embraces its derivativeness and runs with it to deliver a fun kids space opera that's simple, but exciting.
full of 80s cheese, but for someone like me who grew up with this kind of stuff, it was the perfect escape
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.
The simplistic plot and simple story work thanks to the energy and light touch of director Nick Castle.
Charmingly hokey...takes the suburban-working-class-folks-meet-space-aliens paradigm of early Spielberg and marries it to Lucas' Star Wars. [Blu-ray]
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.
Definite "Star Wars" influenced, this trailer park adventure takes off, succeeds on own.
Overlooked sci-fi tale. Great fun.
If you're going to shamelessly rip off Star Wars, make sure you do it with as much spirit as this film.
A cult classic long overdue its proper respect!
A children's movie. Good visuals...plot no so good.
It's not an award-winner or cult classic, but The Last Starfighter is certainly one of the coolest "cable flicks" you're likely to come across.
Audience Reviews for The Last Starfighter
- Lord Kril: Forget the guns. Ramming speed!
- Alex Rogan: Hold it! There's no fleet? No Starfighters, no plan? One ship, you, me, and that's it?
- Grig: Exactly! Xur thinks you're still on Earth. Classic military strategy, surprise attack.
- Alex Rogan: It'll be a slaughter!
- Grig: That's the spirit!
- Alex Rogan: No, *my* slaughter!
- Alex Rogan: [to an alien] Sorry, I didn't mean to step on your, uh, whatever that is.
- Grig: Up to your old 'Excalibur' tricks again, eh, Centauri?
- Alex Rogan: Teriffic. I'm about to get killed a million miles from nowhere with a gung-ho iguana who tells me to relax.
- Centauri: [voice in video game] Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.
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