Trivia / The Last Starfighter

  • Acting for Two: Lance Guest plays both Alex and Beta, who show up together on screen a few times.
    Beta: Wait a minute, what are you doing back?!
    Alex: Are you kidding? It's war up there!
  • Actor Allusion: Robert Preston essentially plays an alien version of Harold Hill from The Music Man.
  • Casting Gag: In either this or a very weird case of timing, Catherine Mary Stewart played a video game-obsessed girl in Night of the Comet, which was made and released around the same time.
  • The Danza: If you listen real carefully, there is exactly one scene in the entire movie where Mrs. Boone is referred to by her first name, Bunny, which is the same first name as the actress who plays her, Bunny Summers.note 
  • Follow the Leader: Star Wars, which director Nick Castle admits in the DVD Commentary, and that there was some work to try to distance the movie from both those movies and movies by Steven Spielberg.
  • Referenced by...:
    • Star Control makes the Death Blossom (the manouver where the Starfighter spins and fires wildly) a special ability of the Pkunk Fury (the Fury's weapon configuration is intended to take advantage of this).
    • Universe at War makes it the special of the Novus Dervish fighter.
    • An episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command has the crew tipped off that something's wrong because Buzz trips over the "foot" of an octopus-man who's not supposed to be there, parrallelling a scene where Alex trips over a Ko-Dan spy, who's also an octopus-man.
  • What Could Have Been: Atari did develop a full The Last Starfighter video game and cabinet, but it was never released to the public.
    • There was a licensed game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, but it was nothing like the game in the movie.