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Millions of light-years away, a great frontier was constructed in the universe to protect the Star League of Planets from its enemy, the evil KO-DAN. But now a defector has given the key to the frontier to the KO-DAN, and Starfighters from throughout the galaxy are needed to defend the peace. One recruiter, the alien scalawag Centauri (Robert Preston), visits Earth to fill his quota of recruits and finds Alex (Lance Guest), an 18-year-old Earthling with extraordinary talent for video game wizardry. Alex is quickly propelled into regions of outer space to join others from planets throughout the Star League to fight a war to save the universe.
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
Cheesy 80s flick with lots of tron/ starwars/ startrek- type nuances, with bad acting... I like it!Published 21 hours ago by David Imhof
where can i find that machine to play ond so i can go on a tour in space and ending as a troper to defend a planet that would be invaded by alien and become himself as a real... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Kunde
You know how movies aren't the same from childhood to adulthood. I loved this as a child and thought it was fast paced and exciting. Read morePublished 5 days ago by CK
This is a fun movie from the 80's that really plays into my child hood. If you ever dreamed that playing video games would lead to something great and something epic in your life,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Christopher
Great story idea. We enjoyed it thoroughly. If you are simply looking for a sci-fi actioneer, the special effects are a little dated, but the plot and the story are well done and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by S. Petty
Way more fun watching this back in the day, amazing how far special effects have come.Published 7 days ago by Eugene Keller
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|The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition (F/X shots redone)||
That is a terrible idea. Why in the world would anyone out there want to ruin something that- while maybe not perfect- was pretty dang good already. Honestly!
George Lucas should be sent to the Spice Mines for what he did to the beloved films of my childhood. Leave it alone man! The effects... Read More
Jul 17, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 8 posts
|Run Time 60 Minutes??||
Yes it is an error. Amazon does that from time to time, and leaves it to us to fix.
Mar 26, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
|Hmmm I will wait untill I see reviews on this.||
I too will wait for a review on this one. I skipped the HD DVD version due to it being full screen. I hope they do what is right for this version. If not, I will stick with my DVD version I purchased several years back.
Aug 2, 2009 by K. Meyers | See all 6 posts
|Lance Guest? Mary Catherine Stewart? Dan O'Herlihy? Robert Preston?||
Except for mayble Robert Preston. He was great in the original(and best)movie adapation of the Music Man.
Aug 5, 2009 by E.H. Stevens | See all 2 posts
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