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: The character of Centauri is clearly based on Robert Preston's most famous character, 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...:
    • The Pkunk Fury from Star Control can spin very fast, and has three short-range weapons firing three different directions. A popular move with this ship is to spin wildly while emptying the weapons battery, which is frequently called the "Death Blossom" by fans.
    • 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.
    • Armada is a Whole Plot Reference. In fact, Zack lampshades the similarity. This is actually his first clue that all is not what it seems.
    • Reaper's Ultimate move in Overwatch is called "Death Blossom" which involves him spinning while firing his dual shotguns in a 360° arc.
    • In an episode of South Park, Kenny gets a high score on a PSP game, meaning he's worthy to lead the armies of heaven to stave off an invasion from hell.
    • Similar to the South Park version, in Clerks: The Animated Series, Randall plays a game about being a slave building pyramids, and then is recruited to do the same. Unfortunately for Randall, pushing bricks on screen and IRL are vastly different things.
  • 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.