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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.



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Brain surgeon, rock musician, adventurer Buckaroo Banzai is a modern renaissance man and has made scientific history. Shifting the Oscillation Overthruster into warp speed, he's the first man to travel to the eighth dimension - and come back sane. But when his sworn enemy, the demented Dr. Emilio Lizardo, devises a plot to steal the device and bring an evil army back to destroy Earth, Buckaroo goes cranium to cranium with the madman in a battle that could spell doom for the universe. With the help of his uniquely qualified team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo is ready to save the world on a moment's notice. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


When the Lectroids in the Yoyodyne van do a 180 to head back to Route 3, their headlights turn on. In the very next scene, when they run Buckeroo's Harley off the road, they are off again. [about 35 minutes in] See more »


John Parker: [as the pod-ship is in a free-fall] I'm a diplomat! I failed flight school!
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The credits end with the announcement of the upcoming sequel "Buckaroo Banzai Versus The World Crime League". As of 2007, that film has yet to be made, pending approval from the film's current rights holders, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. See more »


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Since I Don't Have You
Written by Joseph Rock and James Beaumont with The Skyliners
Performed by Peter Weller
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Best viewed while wearing an aluminum foil helmet
17 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the most bizarre movie I've ever seen - and it is one of my absolute favorites. The jokes are deeply embedded, and you have to pay close attention. The super-car that breaks sound (and dimensional) barriers idles when the ignition is turned off... the test code for the oscillation overthruster jet car is a spelling variation of "signed, sealed, delivered"... The high-tech, alien-technology visi-glasses are made of pink bubble wrap...amidst the deafening screams of fans and the jazz playing horn section of the Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo hears one single person crying.... It's these bizarre little jokes are that make the movie great, but they are not every one's cup of tea. It's good to have a very strange sense of humor - otherwise, you just won't understand why it's funny when... well, you just won't get why the movie is funny at all!

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