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Spaceballs (1987)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  24 June 1987 (USA)
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Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dot Matrix (voice)
Lorene Yarnell Jansson ...
Dot Matrix (as Lorene Yarnell)
John Hurt
Ronny Graham ...
Prince Valium (as JM J. Bullock)
Leslie Bevis ...


King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a _LOT_ of famous SF movies. Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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Release Date:

24 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planet Moron  »

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$22,700,000 (estimated)


$38,119,483 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In the DVD commentary, Mel Brooks talks about how difficult it was playing the Yogurt character. The gold-colored makeup gave him a terrible rash on his face and neck (necessitating the shooting of all of Yogurt's scenes out of sequence), also his knees were hurting constantly since he had to walk around on his knees even though he was wearing kneepads. Brooks also goes on to say that in spite of the difficulties, he enjoyed playing as Yogurt tremendously and that it was all worth it. See more »


In various scenes when Vespa and Dot Matrix are in the Mercedes, you can see the blue screen reflecting off Dot's casing. See more »


[first lines]
Radio Operator: Colonel Sandurz!
Colonel Sandurz: What is it, Sergeant Ricco?
Radio Operator: You told me to let you know the moment Planet Druidia was in sight, sir.
Colonel Sandurz: So?
Radio Operator: Planet Druidia's in sight, sir.
Colonel Sandurz: You're really a Spaceball. You know that, don't you?
Radio Operator: Thanks, sir.
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Crazy Credits

In the style of the "Star Wars" movies, there are no opening credits, only the title followed by a crawl. See more »


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Hello! Ma Baby
from One Froggy Evening (1955)
Music by Joseph E. Howard
Lyrics by Ida Emerson
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Very funny "Star Wars" spoof
15 June 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Spaceballs" is one of my favorite Mel Brooks comedies. Brooks has made some of the funniest movies of our time ("The Producers", "Brazing Saddles", "High Anxiety", etc.) and I think "Spaceballs" is up there in the same league. This film spoofs the "Star Wars" movies in general, but there's also references to "Star Trek", "Alien", and "Planet of the Apes" just to name a few. The actors are all very funny, with Brooks in two roles: President Skroob and Yogurt (his version of Yoda); the late John Candy as Barf the mawg (half man, half dog); Rick Moranis as the Darth Vader clone Dark Helmet; Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, the Luke Skywalker takeoff; Daphne Zuniga as Princess Vespa, similar to Princess Leia; and Dot Matrix, the robot with the voice of Joan Rivers who's obviously in the C-3P0 role. There's plenty of silly gags throughout "Spaceballs", and I laughed most of the time. Very funny, entertaining sci-fi comedy from one of the great comedic filmmakers of all time.

***1/2 (out of four)

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