The Last Starfighter
DIRECTOR: NICK CASTLE
CAST: LANCE GUEST, DAN O'HERLIHY, CATHERINE MARY STEWART
In the same year that Red Dawn depicted renegade jocks saving America, The Last Starfighter countered with nerd joystick jockeys as the last line of defense in warfare on an intergalactic scale. Teenager Lance Guest discovers that his hours at the arcade were all an audition when he’s recruited to protect the Rylan Star League from invasion by the Ko-Dan Empire in far-flung space. With TRON, a crucial film in rolling out nascent CGI technology.