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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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10 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Beings from Another Dimension have invaded your world. See more »
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. 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
Earl Mac Rauch (written by)

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 .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Gregg Rudloff .... 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 | Australia:NRC (original rating) | 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?

When John Whorfin calls collect for John Bigboote, he tells the operator he is calling "Grovers Mill." Grovers Mill was a real-life community in New Jersey which was used in Orson Welles' famous radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" and is now a part of West Windsor Township in Mercer county.See more »
Plot holes: New Jersey explains that the Lectroids emit a chemical which humans breathe, and as a result they make us see them as human. However, at that same time, the President is seeing John Parker on television as a human, not a Lectroid, even though he cannot possibly be inhaling the chemical hundreds of miles away.See more »
Buckaroo Banzai:You ever thought about joining me full time?
New Jersey:Whatya mean, you serious, do you have an opening?
Buckaroo Banzai:Uh huh. Can you sing?
New Jersey:A little, yeh, I can dance.
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44 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Laugh While (If) You Can, Monkey Boy!, 19 November 2004
Author: Arriflex1 from Beyond The Cosmos

"So what? Big deal."- A Lectroid commander in THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI.

Greetings honorary members of the Hong Kong Cavaliers and to all you neutral observers and detractors as well. Hoping to clarify the mystery and purpose of this 1984 docudrama, I have scoured all available data (including movie reviews), scrutinized the musings of the film's director via the DVD's special features, and held extensive conferences with official representatives of the Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information. I hasten to point out that my findings are inconclusive and that many questions remain.

The film is (negatively) a rambling, disjointed pastiche of pseudo-hip, sci-fi/comic book inspired shenanigans that (positively) manages to generate inordinate amounts of charm and wonder through its fortuitous collusion of eccentric story line (battling aliens; a deeply depressed damsel-in-distress, (Penny Priddy); the actual Hong Kong Cavaliers honing their rock and roll chops; Buckaroo himself, pushing his new jet car- with the incredible Oscillation Overthruster -through the forbidding regions of the 8th dimension) and the glowing charisma of the actors at play: John Lithgow's Dr. Lizardo is hilarious and ingenious. W.D. Richter's nerdy persona obscures his inability to fashion Earl Mac Rauch's free-wheeling screenplay into a coherent whole. Still, the many facets of the story remain intriguing and Michael Boddicker's synthesized music is majestic and buoyant.

However, the questions persist. What did happen at Grover's Mill in October of 1938? Was Orson Welles part of an invasion plot that involved mass hypnosis? Are there extraterrestrial biological entities living among us? Documentation outlining an thorough governmental inquiry into these matters has reached this commentator. A report by the investigators, special agents Mulder and Scully, shall be made available to the public in due course. A final note: a page, supposedly torn from Welles' personal diary and written in a shaky, nearly illegible hand, carried the following, ominous message: keep watching the skies!

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