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 original director of photography of the film was Jordan Cronenweth, who famously shot Blade Runner a few years earlier. The filmmakers specifically wanted their film to be rich in color and texture, which Cronenweth was specifically known for. However, several weeks into filming, producer David Begelman had Jordan Cronenweth replaced with Fred J. Koenekamp against the wishes of the crew, including the director, in order to give the film its campy, flat visual appearance, which the filmmakers had never originally intended. Scenes shot by Jordan Cronenweth still remain in the final cut, including the famous nightclub scene featuring the line, "Wherever you go, there you are." See more »
During Buckaroo's guitar solo at the night club, he steps over next to the two saxophone players. As they sway together, the camera cuts to a tighter shot of the two sax players. On the left Buckaroo swings his guitar around behind his back (the guitar body visible over his shoulder) getting ready to grab his trumpet, while his solo riffs continue for another five seconds. 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 »
If you like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy or Red Dwarf, chances are you'll enjoy Buckaroo Bonzai. It is full of subtle/dry humor and has an overall upbeat mood. The subtly dry humor is found in the background audio as well as the odds and ends that find their way into the set decor and dialog. These offer a nice array of silliness to punctuate the story with their own unique twists of humor.
The cast is definitely All Star! Peter Weller (Robocop), John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun), Robert Ito (Quincy MD), Clancy Brown (Highlander), Ellen Barkin (Wild Bill), and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) all have fun and amusing roles. Even the minor roles are covered well by perhaps lesser known yet veteran cast members such as Rosalind Cash and Matt Clark.
If you're a fan of British humor, you should definitely enjoy this one, even though it may take more than one viewing to catch all the subtleties. If you haven't been exposed to this style of humor, this certainly isn't a bad place to start! If, on the other hand, this style of humor is not what you enjoy, it may not be the one for you. For everyone else, kick back and enjoy! If it weren't a bit of a cult classic, I doubt it would be available on DVD. I give it a 7 out of 10 since it may not be for everyone. Personally, I rate it a notch higher.
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