An enjoyable mash-up of western-styled action and John Hughes-styled coming of age drama, Nick Castle's The Last Starfighter was also, according to a 2003 article in the humor newspaper The Onion, the film that inspired former President George W. Bush to seek the presidency. While that's funny, like many of The Onion's satirical articles, it's also fairly believable -- The Last Starfighter is the rousing kind of kid flick that inspires ten-year-old boys to grab broomsticks, storm the neighborhood hill, and go nuts on pretend aliens with ridiculous faux karate moves.
This was also the first film to use CGI for much of its special effects work (all the spaceships and space battles). Programmed on a now Jurassic Cray X-MP supercomputer, in 1984 the digital effects shots were stunning. It was, for kids of the '80s, Space Invaders come to life.
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