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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension -- Buckaroo Banzai is a rock-star/brain-surgeon/comic-book-hero/samurai who along with his group, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil creatures from the 8th dimension (all named John) who are trying to conquer our dimension. He is helped by Penny Pretty, who is a dead ringer for his ex-wife, and some good extra-dimensional beings who look and talk like Jamaicans.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension -- Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.


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Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Weller ... Buckaroo Banzai

John Lithgow ... Lord John Whorfin / Dr. Emilio Lizardo

Ellen Barkin ... Penny Priddy

Jeff Goldblum ... New Jersey

Christopher Lloyd ... John Bigboote

Lewis Smith ... Perfect Tommy
Rosalind Cash ... John Emdall

Robert Ito ... Professor Hikita

Pepe Serna ... Reno Nevada

Ronald Lacey ... President Widmark

Matt Clark ... Secretary of Defense

Clancy Brown ... Rawhide
William Traylor ... General Catburd

Carl Lumbly ... John Parker

Vincent Schiavelli ... John O'Connor

Dan Hedaya ... John Gomez

Mariclare Costello ... Senator Cunningham
Bill Henderson ... Casper Lindley

Damon Hines ... Scooter Lindley
Billy Vera ... Pinky Carruthers
Laura Harrington ... Mrs. Johnson
Michael Santoro ... Billy Travers

Jonathan Banks ... Lizardo Hospital Guard
Robert Gray ... Radar Blazer
Gary Bisig ... Radar Blazer
Kent Perkins ... Mission Control

John Ashton ... Highway Patrolman (as John David Ashton)
Ken Magee ... Duck Hunter Burt (as Kenneth Magee)

James Keane ... Duck Hunter Bubba

Yakov Smirnoff ... National Security Advisor
Leonard Gaines ... Artie Duncan
Francine Lembi ... TV Anchorwoman
John Walter Davis ... Star Surgeon
Read Morgan ... Exhibitor

James Rosin ... John Yaya
Raye Birk ... Reporter
Jane Marla Robbins ... Reporter

Kevin Rodney Sullivan ... John Gant (as Kevin Sullivan)
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Black Lectroid Commander
Radford Polinsky ... Marine Lt.
Sam Minsky ... Kolodny Brother
Robert Hummer ... Kolodny Brother
Gerald Peterson ... Rug Sucker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Sandra Banzai - Buckaroo's Mother (scenes deleted)

James Saito ... Masado Banzai, Buckaroo's Father (scenes deleted)
Matthew Earnest ... Drunk niteclub patron (uncredited)

Michele Hess ... (uncredited)
Greg Mires ... Young Buckaroo (uncredited)
Matthew Mires ... Young Buckaroo (uncredited)

Directed by
W.D. Richter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Earl Mac Rauch 

Produced by
Sidney Beckerman .... executive producer
Neil Canton .... producer
Dennis E. Jones .... associate producer (as Dennis Jones)
W.D. Richter .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Boddicker 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Bowers 
Richard Marks 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
Art Direction by
Rick Carter  (as Richard Carter)
Stephen Dane 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers  (as Aggie Guerrard Rodgers)
Makeup Department
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... makeup supervisor (as Bari Dreiband)
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dennis E. Jones .... unit production manager (as Dennis Jones)
Michael G. Nathanson .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... first assistant director
Bryan Denegal .... dga trainee
Katterli Frauenfelder .... second assistant director (as Katterli A. Frauenfelder)
Art Department
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (as Erik Nelson)
David P. Newell .... assistant property master (as David Newell)
Virginia L. Randolph .... set designer (as Virginia Randolph)
Tom Southwell .... production illustrator
Mark Sparks .... propmaker
George Stokes .... construction coordinator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Chris Courtois .... model maker (uncredited)
Glenn Forbes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Scott L. London .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Doreen A. Dixon .... adr editor
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor (as Gordon Ecker Jr.)
Michael Evje .... production sound mixer
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist
Alan Howarth .... special synthesized sound effects
Bones Howe .... sound designer
James M. McCann .... boom operator (as Jim McCann)
Anthony Milch .... supervising sound editor
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gregg C. Rudloff)
Arne Schulze .... special synthesized sound effects: Bodifications
Allan Bromberg .... assistant: sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard E. Yawn .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Blitstein .... special effects
Henry Millar .... special effects
Cleve Hall .... special effects (uncredited)
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mike Beard .... SEM photography: Greenlite
Scott Beattie .... motion control assistant: DQI
James Belohovek .... animator: VCE
Beverly Bernacki .... optical effects: VCE
Michael Bigelow .... motion control animator: DQI
Layne Bourgoyne .... animator: VCE
Steve Burg .... animator: VCE (as Stephen Burg)
Glenn Campbell .... matte cameraman: DQI
Chris Casady .... additional effects animator
Colette Emanuel .... optical effects: VCE
Michael L. Fink .... special visual effects supervisor (as Michael Fink)
Linda Fleisher .... visual effects coordinator (as Linda Fleischer)
Mark Freund .... optical cameraman: DQI
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist: DQI
Ron Gress .... modelmaker
Steve Grumette .... computer video consultant (as Stephen Grummette)
Eric Guaglione .... motion control assistant: DQI
James Hagedorn .... optical effects: VCE
David R. Hardberger .... motion control technician: DQI (as David Hardberger)
William L. Hayward .... effects photography: Greenlite
Rick Heinrichs .... stop motion animator: Greenlite
Judith Herman .... computer graphics consultant
Thomas Hollister .... motion control technician: DQI
Michael Hosch .... modelmaker (as Mike Hosch)
Fred Iguchi .... motion control technician: DQI
Gregory Jein .... miniatures construction
Christopher Keith .... composite photography: Greenlite (as Christopher L. Keith)
Peter Kuran .... effects supervisor: VCE
Robin Dean Leyden .... electronics design
Thomas R. Polizzi .... effects manager: Greenlite
William Reilly .... motion control technician: DQI
R.J. Robertson .... animator: VCE
John Scheele .... effects supervisor: Greenlite
Dennis Schultz .... modelmaker (as Dennis M. Schultz)
David Schwartz .... modelmaker
Keith Shartle .... production coordinator: DQI
Scott Squires .... motion control supervisor: DQI
Mark Stetson .... miniatures supervisor
Rick Taylor .... animator: VCE
Rick Thompson .... electronic effects and props (as Richard L. Thompson)
John T. Van Vliet .... effects animation and design: Greenlite (as John Van Vliet)
Robert Wilcox .... video engineering consultant
Hoyt Yeatman .... motion control supervisor: DQI
Jacqueline Zietlow .... administrator: VCE
Dennis Dorney .... optical effects (uncredited)
Leslie Ekker .... model maker (uncredited)
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator
Chuck Cooper .... stunts
Mike De Luna .... stunts (as Mike Deluna)
Justin De Rosa .... stunts (as Justin Derosa)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts (as Alan Olney)
Mic Rodgers .... stunts (as Mic Rogers)
Michael Runyard .... stunts
Jerry Segal .... stunts
Frank James Sparks .... stunts (as Frank Sparks)
Rick Avery .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Richard Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Clevenger .... second assistant camera (as William G. Clevenger)
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Edward Morey III .... camera operator
John Murray .... key grip (as John J. Murray)
Sal Orefice .... gaffer (as Salvatore Orefice)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera
Wayne Baker .... aerial assistant camera (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... grip: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Henrikson .... costumer
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
Radford Polinsky .... costumer
Editorial Department
Cheryl Bloch .... assistant editor
John Bracken .... assistant editor
Jane Schwartz Jaffe .... first assistant editor
Lawrence Jordan .... apprentice editor (as Larry Fallick)
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Location Management
Michael Neale .... location manager
Music Department
Bones Howe .... music supervisor
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Alexandra Leviloff .... assistant music editor
John Vigran .... electronic music recording supervisor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator (as Gary M. Hellerstein)
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation captain
Craig Lietzke .... production driver
Other crew
Selma Brown .... production accountant: Zeiderman, Oberman & Associates
Chris Collins .... physical consultant: Mr. Weller
Dena Fischer .... production assistant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
David Gross .... production intern
Mark Homer .... production intern
Dan Lupovitz .... assistant: Mr. Canton and Mr. Richter
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor
Judi Rosner .... production coordinator
Kathryn Newbrough Sommer .... assistant: Mr. Beckerman
Robert Michael Steloff .... production assistant (as Robert Steloff)
Roberto Terminelli .... dialect coach: John Lithgow
Anne Thompson .... unit publicist
Dan Roth .... adr voice (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator/pilot (uncredited)
Dennis Tracy .... stand-in: Clancy Brown (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" - USA (short title)
"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension" - USA (DVD title)
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103 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (theatrical rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2003) | USA:PG (certificate #27437)

Did You Know?

The kanji lettering on Buckaroo Banzai's headband as he drives the jet car reads "seikatsu-bi", which appears to be Japanese, but does not make sense. The first two kanji mean living or lifestyle, but the second character, "bi" (not "bei" as has been reported elsewhere) or beautiful, does not add up to coherent Japanese. It seems to suggest the "beautiful life" but these 3 kanji together do not have a particular meaning in Japanese.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the two hunters are poking at the thermopod up in the tree, a shower of sparks falls when they hit the pod. You can see the power-cable they used to produce these sparks fall away as the pod slides out of the tree.See more »
Buckaroo Banzai:You can check your anatomy all you want, and even though there may be normal variation, when it comes right down to it, this far inside the head it all looks the same. No, no, no, don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to.See more »
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74 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
If you're looking for a predictable film, do not watch this, 14 March 2000
Author: sleeper-10 from New Jersey

TAOBBATED, as I will acronymize this film, is neither the stupid low-budget piece of excrement nor the sublimely original cult masterpiece you've been told it is, but it's a lot closer to the latter than to the former. Peter Weller plays Buckaroo, the titular neurosurgeon/inventor/modern-day samurai/Billy Joelesque rocker, and he plays him frightfully well, low-key and distant but with occasional glimmers of genius and intensity. The stellar supporting cast includes Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, and Ellen Barkin, and they're all pretty darn good.

I'm not even going to pretend to be rational or unbiased about this movie. It's too utterly offbeat and original and just damned _odd_ to not love. Some favorite scenes: the opening sequence of the Jet Car test run; Buckaroo's phone call with the Black Lectroids, and his subsequent detection of the sinister Red Lectroid agents in his midst; the eerie recorded message from the Black Lectroid leader, the "good guys" who threaten to blow up Earth unless Buckaroo stops their enemy, Dr. Lizardo (Lithgow, in a truly twisted scene-chewing performance). Yes, it looks cheesy and dated, but damn it, you have to take a stand somewhere in life, you have to roll up your sleeves and step up to the plate and put yourself on the line, and have the courage to say, "I don't care what anyone thinks of me, I love this movie." That's the way I feel about old Buckaroo and his Hong Kong Cavaliers, and I still consider myself a loyal Blue Blaze Irregular fifteen years after seeing this film.

As a post-script, I'd like to mention that the novelization of this movie, written by Earl Mac Rauch, is great, and actually contains about 3 times the information and plot that is in the movie. If you can find it on Amazon or at a garage sale somewhere, snap it up, it's worth the search. Also, there's a script for BUCKAROO BANZAI VERSUS THE WORLD CRIME LEAGUE floating around too, which should be made no matter the cost if only to film one priceless scene - the cameo appearance of Jack Burton, Kurt Russell's swaggering truck driver hero from John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, who appears as a Blue Blaze Irregular and gives Team Banzai a lift!

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