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
Just found this on line and it was for sale. It wasn't easy looking for this since it came out in 1984 and I usually don't see it in any stores nor on line. I was just browsing and found it and thought I should buy it now. I was glad I did.
This is one of those movies that the video game era of the 8's just loved. Defend against Zir and the Kodan Armada. I actually have this game for old my Atari 800XL. Great movie about adventure and taking the leap of faith.
The earth is threatened with destruction by an alien force. Defensive force are minimal. A great warrior hero is needed to save the day. He is found by his skillful playing of an arcade game. The game the tactics, forms and weapons of the aliens while the hero uses the defenders of Earth's best armament, a starfighter. Of course there is only one against thousands. Also features one of my favorite actresses, Catherine Mary Stewart.