Neurosurgeon/Rock Star/Superhero Buckaroo has perfected the oscillation overthruster, which allows him to travel through solid matter by using the eighth dimension. The Red Lectroids from Planet 10 are after this device for their own evil ends, and it's up to Buckaroo and his band and crime-fighting team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to stop them. Written by
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The New Jersey license plate on the jet car reads "Rokit 88", a real treasure trove of information. The spelling of "rokit" comes from "rocket", and Rocket 88 was an Oldsmobile model equipped with a Rocket V8 engine and considered the first muscle car. The car inspired an R&B song Rocket 88 recorded in 1951 by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, sometimes considered the first rock & roll song (a tribute in a way to Buckaroo's musical prowess). The sax riff beginning around 39 seconds into the song is nearly identical to that in the bar scene. It would be fun to imagine that the license plate spelling was intentionally done with "i" instead of "e" so suggest it could also have been meant to sound like "rock it", for the music Buckaroo's band played. The jet car itself was powered by "electro-nuclear carburetion" (something as inventive as the Olds' Hydra-Matic automatic transmission) and appeared to be powered in the field experiment by a flaming jet engine similar to but larger than that on the Batmobile of comic fame. The BB symbol on the side of the vehicle is also shaped to resemble 88 instead of just the initials for Buckaroo Banzai. See more »
Dr Hikita marks the wall through which Dr Lizardo tries to access the 8th Dimension with a chalk "X". After Dr Lizardo bashes his assistants' heads together, the "X" is missing from the wall. See more »
During the closing credits, Buckaroo's team assembles, one by one, walking along. Included in the group is Clancy Brown, whose character, Rawhide, dies during the film. (There is a claim that his character is not dead but in a coma under constant supervision and that was simply never dealt with in the film.) Also in the Closing Credits, Perfect Tommy's (played by Lewis Smith) outfit changes See more »
You will either love or hate this movie. If you get it it is a barrel of laughs. If you don't get it, you say . . . What the hell is this nonsense? It has been said that it's a comedy with all the punchlines removed. But they are there, you just have to read between the lines. It's kind of like one of those Magic Eye Puzzles. You have to look at it with the right kind of eyes. Otherwise you'll just see it as a crappy 80s sci-fi spoof. But trust me, there's more there than meets the eye. Some of the jokes aren't obvious on first viewing, or the 100th for that matter. You may want to consult the DVD extras or Pinky Caruther's 10,000 little known facts. With a bit of research, you can find out the reasons why that watermelon is there!
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