The Last Starfighter

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Synopsis

Local high school student, Alex Rogan, finds himself transported to another planet after conquering the Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join a team of the best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Cast

  • Lance Guest
  • Robert Preston
  • Dan O'Herlihy
  • Catherine Mary Stewart
  • Barbara Bosson
  • Norman Snow
  • John O'Leary
  • Chris Hebert

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Metacritic

75

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
63

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