The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter was released in 1984. It was directed by Nick Castle and stars Lance Guest. The film was one of the pioneers of computer-generated special effects.

Computer graphics replaced the method of physical models. The spacecraft was 3D rendered by Digital Productions on a Cray X-MP supercomputer. Ron Cobb designed the spaceship graphics and also worked on films like Alien, Star Wars, and Conan The Barbarian. The film earned $28.7 million at the US box office on a budget of $15 million.

The Movie

Starring Lance Guest as Alex Rogan/Beta Alex, Robert Preston as Centauri, and Catherine Mary Stewart as Maggie Gordon.

Alex with the arcade game

Lance Guest plays the role of Alex Rogan. The trailer park teenager finds it difficult to excel at life, with failed scholarship applications. Disgruntled he spends most of his time on an arcade game, Starfighter, located at the park’s store.

Catherine Mary Stewart

With all the time spent on the game, he eventually sets up the high score. This attracts the attention of the inventor of the game. A character called Centauri (Robert Preston) invites Alex for a drive in his car. It is revealed that Centauri is actually an alien commander that noticed Alex’s gaming abilities and Alex is swiftly abducted into another world to fight as a pilot.

Robert Preston as Centauri

The Cast

  • Lance Guest as Alex Rogan / Beta Alex
  • Robert Preston as Centauri
  • Dan O’Herlihy as Grig
  • Catherine Mary Stewart as Maggie Gordon
  • Norman Snow as Xur
  • Kay E. Kuter as Enduran
  • Barbara Bosson as Jane Rogan
  • Chris Hebert as Louis Rogan
  • Dan Mason as Lord Kril
  • Vernon Washington as Otis
  • John O’Leary as Rylan Bursar
  • George McDaniel as Kodan Officer
  • Charlene Nelson as Rylan Technician
  • John Maio as Friendly Alien
  • Al Berry as Rylan Spy
  • Scott Dunlop as Tentacle Alien
  • Peter Nelson as Jack Blake
  • 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
  • Wil Wheaton as Louis’ friend
  • Cameron Dye as Andy
  • Geoffrey Blake as Gary

Movie Trailer


The Last Starfighter – Wikipedia