Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Manny Coto|
|Produced by||Jennie Lew Tugend|
|Written by||Manny Coto|
|Music by||Nicholas Pike|
|Editing by||Bob Ducsay|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures Inc.|
|Release dates||January 16, 1998|
|Running time||101 minutes|
Shy seventh grader and 10 year old boy Spencer Griffith's (Joseph Mazzello) life changes when a mysterious meteorite, which turns out to be a small rocket, crashes into a nearby junkyard. Investigating the site, he finds a "Cybersuit", a prototype exoskeletal-suit with AI (Artificial Intelligence) from another galaxy, cased inside the rocket. Spencer then decides to try the suit on and meld's with the suit's AI who Spencer later calls him "Cy". After testing most of the suit's functions and abilities, he then goes around town doing whatever he wants, such as getting back at a school bully Turbo (Joey Simmrin), rescuing a school girl Michelle (Lauren Eckstrom) and her friends from a damaged ferris wheel and ordering food from a fast-food restaurant drive-thru, along with a few hilarious antics, such as trashing his house while getting his head stuck in a refrigerator, figuring out how to eat a hamburger through the suit and wanting to get out of the suit to pee when Cy wouldn't let him.
During this time, Earth gets visited by a Brood Warrior (Brian Simpson), a member of an alien race of insectoids waging a war against the creators of the Cybersuit. The Brood Warrior's mission is to capture the Cybersuit so his race can analyze it. After his first encounter with the Brood Warrior, Spencer escapes, forces Cy to eject him out of the suit and then abandons Cy telling him that he's afraid that he might not live from "engaging" the Brood Warrior to see his next birthday. Back at home, after Spencer looks over his comic book titled "The Midnight Hero" and thinking about what kind of person he wants to be, he goes back out to find Cy, only to find out that Cy was captured by the Brood Warrior. Spencer begins searching for Cy accompanied by Turbo, now becoming his friend. As they head to the junkyard, where Cy is about to be taken off-world by the Brood Warrior, they create a plan to distract the insectoid long enough for Spencer to rescue Cy. Spencer gets Cy back and begins battling with the Brood Warrior.
During the battle, the Brood Warrior gets the upper hand and defeats Cy and Spencer. After getting bashed multiple times by the Brood Warrior's mace and severely damaging the suit, Cy is forced to eject Spencer out before going completely offline. Spencer covers the suit with scrap metal to hide it from the Brood Warrior, takes a piece of the suit and continues to fight the Brood Warrior, who was later trying to chase down Turbo. Spencer confronts the Brood Warrior before getting chased himself and is suddenly cornered in a junked RV. Just when the Brood Warrior is about to dispose of Spencer once and for all, Turbo finds a control panel and activates the car crusher the RV is sitting in. Spencer escapes while the Brood Warrior is compressed along with the RV into a solid metal cube, killing the insectoid.
With the Brood Warrior now history, they return to Cy, but it appears they were too late to save him. Just when Spencer begins to lose hope, Cy's creators appear in a giant UFO and quickly repair him, bringing him back to life. After Cy and Spencer say goodbye to one another, one of the aliens gives Spencer a badge for his bravery and courage before their departure back to their home-world. The next day at school, a now confident Spencer, with encouragement from his new friend Turbo, starts up a conversation with Michelle, who Spencer has had a crush on.
- Joseph Mazzello as Spencer Griffith
- Richard Gilliland as Roland Griffith
- Corinne Bohrer as Janet Holloway
- Alex Daniels (Arthur Burghardt, voice) as "Cy"
- Joey Simmrin as Manfred "Turbo" Bruntley
- Brian Simpson as the Broodwarrior
- Ashlee Levitch as Stacey Griffith
- Jack McGee as Hank Bruntley
- Danny Masterson as Kevin
- Lauren Eckstrom as Michelle Eberhardt
The film grossed a domestic total of $7,029,025, making the film a box office bomb from its estimated $12 million budget.
In the USA, Star Kid was released on VHS in 1997 and DVD format in 1998. It was also released on VHS in the UK and is now available on DVD.
All tracks (with the exception of the first two tracks) were composed by Nicholas Pike. The soundtrack was released on compact disc by Sonic Images (January 27, 1998) and further released for download through BSX Records (January 29, 2013) with modified cover art.
|1.||"Magic Carpet Ride"||Steppenwolf cover by Edgar Winter||4:22|
|2.||"Shadow in the Shade"||Performed by Theresa Musser||4:21|
|3.||"Battle on Trelkas"||5:07|
|4.||"Another Fun Day at School"||1:04|
|6.||"The Cybersuit Arrives"||6:20|
|7.||"Turbo Takes a Spin"||3:07|
|8.||"In the Fairground"||4:41|
|10.||"Rearranging the Kitchen"||1:58|
|12.||"On the Bridge"||4:40|
|13.||"Anyone for Tennis"||1:31|
|15.||"Joyride in the Junkyard"||3:35|
|16.||"Cy Runs Out of Steam"||6:49|
|18.||"Farewell to the Trelkins"||2:35|