The Last Starfighter

With The Last Starfighter, director Nick Castle and writer Jonathan Betuel have done something so simple it's almost awe-inspiring: they've taken a very human story and accented it with sci-fi special effects, rather than the other way around.

With:
Lance Guest Robert Preston Dan O'Herlihy Catherine Mary Stewart Barbara Bosson Norman Snow

With The Last Starfighter, director Nick Castle and writer Jonathan Betuel have done something so simple it’s almost awe-inspiring: they’ve taken a very human story and accented it with sci-fi special effects, rather than the other way around.

Lance Guest is a teenager with a talent for a lone video game that was somehow dropped off at his mother’s rundown, remote trailer park when it should have been delivered to Las Vegas. And when he breaks the record for destroying alien invaders, Guest not only excites the whole trailer park, he attracts a visit from Robert Preston.

There is never a moment that all of this doesn’t seem quite possible, accompanied by plenty of building questions about what’s going to happen next.

The Last Starfighter

Production: Universal/Lorimar. Director Nick Castle; Producer Gary Adelson, Edward O. Denault; Screenplay Jonathan Betuel; Camera King Baggot; Editor C. Timothy O'Meara; Music Craig Safan; Art Director Ron Cobb

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Lance Guest Robert Preston Dan O'Herlihy Catherine Mary Stewart Barbara Bosson Norman Snow

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