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High schooler Alex Rogan conquers the Starfighter video game, only to find out it was just a test, and is transported to another planet. He has been recruited to join a team of the best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.


  • Kay E. Kuter
  • Dan Mason
  • Lance Guest
  • Dan O'Herlihy
  • Catherine Mary Stewart
  • Barbara Bosson
  • Robert Preston
  • Chris Hebert
  • John O'Leary

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A sweet, unabashedly corny, matinee-friendly science-fiction adventure starring Lance Guest as a trailer-park videogame prodigy, and Robert Preston as the alien who recruits him to save the day from some space-baddies.

Metacritic review by Keith Phipps
Keith Phipps
The A.V. Club

The Last Starfighter is a well-made movie. The special effects are competent. The acting is good, and I enjoyed Robert Preston's fast-talking The Music Man reprise (we've got trouble, right here in the galaxy) and the gentle wit of Dan O'Herlihy's extraterrestrial. But the final spark was missing, the final burst of inspiration that might have pulled all these concepts and inspirations and retreads together into a good movie.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times