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The Last Starfighter Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Kodan forces. Guest's principal ally is the lizardlike Grig (Dan O'Herlihy--and we didn't recognize him either). His great rival is the traitorous Xur (Norman Snow). The contrast between Guest's earthbound life as the son of single-mother Barbara Bosson and his new position as Starfighter is daunting at first, but soon the boy is manning a spacecraft and zapping the baddies as though he's been doing it all his life. The Last Starfighter was clearly designed with "sequel" in mind: giveaways include the resurrection of a "dead" character and the surprisingly casual escape of the villain. While the film didn't stir up enough business to warrant a sequel, the Starfighter video game remained a much-sought-after commodity by joystick-happy "warriors" all over the country. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Lance Guest
as Alex Rogan
Robert Preston
as Centauri
Dan O'Herlihy
as Grig
Catherine Stewart
as Maggie
Norman Snow
as Xur
Kay Kuter
as Enduran
Dan Mason
as Lord Kril
Maggie Cooper
as Rylan Sergeant
John Maio
as Friendly Alien
Suzanne Snyder
John O'Leary
as Rylan Bursar
George McDaniel
as Kodan Officer
Charlene Nelson
as Rylan Technician
Robert Starr
as Underling
Vernon Washington
as Otis
Peggy Pope
as Elvira
Meg Wyllie
as Granny Gordon
Ellen Blake
as Clara Potter
Britt Leach
as Mr. Potter
Bunny Summers
as Mrs. Boone
Owen Bush
as Mr. Boone
Marc Alaimo
as Hitchhiker
Cameron Dye
as Andy
Geoffrey Blake
as Gary
Wil Wheaton
as Louis' Friend
Bob Kenaston
as Uncle Bob
Ed Berke
as Cop #1
Bruce Abbott
as Alien soldier
Peggy Pope
as Elvira
Meg Wyllie
as Granny Gordon
George McDaniel
as Kodan Officer
Bob Kenaston
as Uncle Bob
Charlene Nelson
as Rylan Technician
Ellen Blake
as Clara Potter
John O'Leary
as Rylan Bursar
Wil Wheaton
as Louis' Friend
Cameron Dye
as Andy
Bunny Summers
as Mrs. Boone
Robert Starr
as Underling
Marc Alaimo
as Hitchhiker
Ed Berke
as Cop #1
Owen Bush
as Mr. Boone
Britt Leach
as Mr. Potter
John Maio
as Friendly Alien
Maggie Cooper
as Rylan Sergeant
Geoffrey Blake
as Gary
Vernon Washington
as Otis

Crew

Nick Castle, Jr.
Director
Gary Adelson
Producer
Jonathan Betuel
Screenwriter
King Baggot
Cinematographer
Craig Safan
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Solomon
Musical Direction/Supervision
Melissa Manchester
Songwriter
C. Timothy O'Meara
Editor
Ron Cobb
Production Designer
James D. Bissell
Art Director
Linda Spheeris
Set Designer
Jim Teegarden
Set Designer
Robert Fletcher
Costume Designer
Jack Solomon
Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Frankish
First Assistant Director
Glenn Wilder
Stunts
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