Star Kid

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Star Kid
Star Kid.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byManny Coto
Produced byJennie Lew Tugend
Written byManny Coto
Music byNicholas Pike
CinematographyRonn Schmidt
Edited byBob Ducsay
Distributed byTrimark Pictures Inc.
Release date
November 13, 1997
January 16, 1998
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million[1]
Box office$7,029,025[2]

Star Kid is a 1997 independent science fantasy-family film directed and written by Manny Coto and starring Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland, and Corinne Bohrer.


Spencer Griffith (Joseph Mazzello) is a shy boy in seventh grade. He has a crush on a school girl named Michelle (Lauren Eckstrom). Spencer's life changes one night when a mysterious meteorite crashes into a nearby junkyard. Investigating the site, he finds that the "meteorite" is actually a small rocket carrying a "Cyborsuit.", a prototype exoskeletal-suit with AI (short for Artificial Intelligence) from another galaxy. Spencer then decides to try the suit on and melds with the suit AI, who Spencer calls "Cy". After testing most of the functions and abilities of the suit, he then goes around town doing whatever he wants, such as getting back at a school bully Turbo (Joey Simmrin), rescuing Michelle 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 part of his house after getting his head stuck in a refrigerator, figuring out how to eat his drive-thru food 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 Broodwarrior (Brian Simpson), a member of an alien race of insectoids. They are currently waging a war against the creator of the Cyborsuit, Tenris De'Thar and his fellow Trelkins, who created the Cyborsuit to develop a weapon to turn the tide of the war, but was forced to launch it into space due to a Broodwarrior attack. The Broodwarrior's mission is to capture the Cyborsuit so his race can analyze it. After his first encounter with the Broodwarrior, Spencer escapes, forces Cy to eject him out of the suit and abandons Cy telling him he's afraid he might not live to see his next birthday if he "engages" the Broodwarrior. Back at home, after Spencer looks over one of his comic books titled MidKnight Warrior and thinks about what the comic's titular main character, in his situation, would do, he goes back out to find Cy only to find that Cy was captured by the Broodwarrior. Spencer begins searching for Cy, and is unexpectedly accompanied by Turbo, now becoming his friend. As they head to the junkyard, where Cy is about to be taken off-world by the Broodwarrior, they create a plan to distract the Broodwarrior long enough for Spencer to rescue Cy. Spencer gets Cy back and begins battling with the Broodwarrior.

During the battle, the Broodwarrior gets the upper hand and defeats Cy and Spencer. After getting bashed multiple times by the Broodwarrior'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 Broodwarrior, takes a piece of the suit and continues to fight the Broodwarrior, who was later trying to chase down Turbo. Spencer confronts the Broodwarrior before getting chased himself and is suddenly cornered in a junked RV. Just when the Broodwarrior is about to dispose of Spencer, Turbo finds a control panel and activates the car crusher the RV is sitting in, revealing the chase into the RV to be part of a trap. Spencer escapes while the Broodwarrior is compressed along with the RV into a solid metal cube, killing the Broodwarrior.

With the Broodwarrior now destroyed, they return to Cy but it appears they were too late to save him. Just when Spencer begins to lose hope, Cy's creator Tenris De'Thar and Trelkin soldiers appear from a giant UFO orbiting Earth and quickly repair him, bringing him back to life. After Cy and Spencer say goodbye to one another, the head alien soldier gives Spencer a badge for his bravery and courage before their departure back to their home-world, and the long, eventful night finally comes to an end. The next day at school, a now confident Spencer, with encouragement from his new friend Turbo, starts up a conversation with Michelle.



The film grossed a domestic total of $7,029,025, making the film a box office bomb from its estimated $12 million budget.

Home media[edit]

In the United States, Star Kid was released on VHS and DVD format in 1998. It was also released on VHS in the UK and is now available on DVD.[3]


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.

Track Listing
1."Magic Carpet Ride"Steppenwolf cover by Edgar Winter4:22
2."Shadow in the Shade"Performed by Theresa Musser4:21
3."Battle on Trelkas" 5:07
4."Another Fun Day at School" 1:04
5."Turbo Trouble" 4:19
6."The Cybersuit Arrives" 6:20
7."Turbo Takes a Spin" 3:07
8."In the Fairground" 4:41
9."Mom" 2:03
10."Rearranging the Kitchen" 1:58
11."Broodwarrior Arrives" 1:43
12."On the Bridge" 4:40
13."Anyone for Tennis" 1:31
14."Home Improvement" 6:31
15."Joyride in the Junkyard" 3:35
16."Cy Runs Out of Steam" 6:49
17."Trelkins Arrive" 2:46
18."Farewell to the Trelkins" 2:35
19."Finale" 2:41


A prequel was released in comic book form, written by Manny Coto with art by John Stokes. It was published by Dark Horse Comics.[4]

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