Trailer Tuesday: The Last Starfighter (1984)

Back in the days of 1984 at the age of twelve I firmly believed I was destined for great things…as a gamer. Something that my Father with his wisdom realized was a very great folly, so while my hours of gaming were sadly cut short to study things like Civics and Algebra, I couldn’t help but continuously doodle video game characters on my homework and on my folders. My math teachers were less than supportive of this fascination I held with all things video game related, but luckily for me my Civics teacher, perhaps sensing a kindred soul, showed me a magazine with a picture for an upcoming Summer film called the Last Starfighter.

That Summer, it is an understatement to say that I fell in love with this film. While every actor does an outstanding job of portraying their character, the two standout performances come from the Music Man himself, Robert Preston, and a soon to be head of Omni Consumer Products in Old Detroit, Dan O’Herlihy. Oh, for what is worth I did in fact bump into my Civics teacher while attending a matinee, she seemed to enjoy it as much as I did.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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