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Spaceballs -- Planet Spaceball's 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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Planet Spaceball's 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Brooks ... President Skroob / Yogurt

John Candy ... Barf

Rick Moranis ... Dark Helmet

Bill Pullman ... Lone Starr

Daphne Zuniga ... Princess Vespa

Dick Van Patten ... King Roland

George Wyner ... Colonel Sandurz

Michael Winslow ... Radar Technician

Joan Rivers ... Dot Matrix (voice)
Lorene Yarnell Jansson ... Dot Matrix (as Lorene Yarnell)

John Hurt ... John Hurt

Sal Viscuso ... Radio Operator
Ronny Graham ... Minister

Jim J. Bullock ... Prince Valium (as JM J. Bullock)
Leslie Bevis ... Commanderette Zircon
Jim Jackman ... Major Asshole

Mike Pniewski ... Laser Gunner (as Michael Pniewski)

Sandy Helberg ... Dr. Schlotkin

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Captain of the Guard
Jeff MacGregor ... Snotty
Henry Kaiser ... Magnetic Beam Operator
Denise Gallup ... Charlene
Dian Gallup ... Marlene
Gail Barle ... Waitress

Dey Young ... Waitress

Rhonda Shear ... Woman in Diner

Robert Prescott ... Sand Cruiser Driver

Jack Riley ... TV Newsman

Tom Dreesen ... Megamaid Guard
Rudy De Luca ... Vinnie (as Rudy DeLuca)
Tony Griffin ... Prison Guard
Rick Ducommun ... Prison Guard
Ken Olfson ... Head Usher
Bryan O'Byrne ... Organist
Wayne Wilson ... Trucker in Cap
Ira Miller ... Short Order Cook
Earl Finn ... Guard with Captain
Mitchell Bock ... Video Operator
Tommy Swerdlow ... Troop Leader

Tim Russ ... Trooper

Ed Gale ... Dink
Antonio Hoyos ... Dink

Felix Silla ... Dink

Arturo Gil ... Dink

Tony Cox ... Dink
John Kennedy Hayden ... Dink
Dee Booher ... Bearded Lady (as Deanna Booher)

Johnny Silver ... Caddy

Brenda Strong ... Nurse

Dom DeLuise ... Pizza the Hutt (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Camille Hagen ... Woman in Diner (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... (uncredited)
Terence Marsh ... Spaceball Drum Beater (uncredited)
Thomas Meehan ... King Roland's Aide (uncredited)

Rob Paulsen ... Spaceball with Comb (uncredited)
Julie Pitkanen ... Self-Destruct Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Cary Stratton ... (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... Vulcan Pinch Guard (uncredited)

Michael York ... Ape #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Brooks 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (written by) &
Thomas Meehan (written by) &
Ronny Graham (written by)

Produced by
Mel Brooks .... producer
Ezra Swerdlow .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Nick McLean (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Conrad Buff IV 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Bill Shepard 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
Art Direction by
Harold Michelson 
Set Decoration by
John Franco Jr. 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Ken Diaz .... makeup artist
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist (as Melanie Elaine Levitt)
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup designer
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitchell Bock .... second assistant director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... additional second assistant director
Dan Kolsrud .... assistant director
Art Department
Camille Abbott .... illustrator
Jerry Gadette .... stand-by painter
Arthur Gelb .... property illustrator
Peter J. Kelly .... set designer (as Peter Kelly)
Bill King .... assistant property master
Guy A. MacLaury .... general foreman (as Guy Allan MacLaury)
William S. Maxwell III .... leadman (as William Maxwell III)
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
James J. Pickering .... drapery man
Ken Reed .... construction foreman
Jacques Valin .... set designer
Dianne Wager .... assistant art director (as Diane Wager)
Steve Willis .... propmaker foreman
S. Bruce Wineinger .... construction coordinator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Joseph Perugini .... plasterer foreman (uncredited)
Christopher Windisch .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... sound effects editor
Michael John Bateman .... supervising dialogue editor
Richard Beggs .... re-recording mixer
David Franklin Bergad .... assistant sound editor (as David Bergad)
Bob Bowman .... assistant sound editor (as Robert Bowman)
Sue Breitrose .... assistant sound editor
Scott Chandler .... assistant sound editor
Don Coufal .... production sound mixer
Ken Fischer .... sound effects editor
Ernie Fosselius .... sound effects editor
Laja Holland .... assistant sound editor
Ronald Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Tom Johnson .... foley recordist
Glad Pickering .... dialogue editor
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Paige Sartorius .... assistant sound editor
George Simpson .... dialogue editor
Ronald Sinclair .... dialogue editor
David Slusser .... assistant sound editor
Jim Stuebe .... production sound mixer (as Jim Steube)
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jeff Wexler .... production sound mixer
Pamela Jule Yuen .... assistant sound editor (as Pamela J. Yuen)
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (uncredited)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects supervisor
Trevor Cripps .... special effects technician
Rick Lazzarini .... Barf ear animatronics
Richard Ratliff .... special effects
Monty Shook .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Alexander .... effects technician: Apogee, Inc.
Percy Angress .... special visual effects producer: Apogee, Inc.
David Beasley .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Mat Beck .... motion control camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... optical camera assistant: Apogee, Inc.
Craig Boyajian .... visual effects coordinator
Stephen David Brooks .... motion control camera assistant: Apogee, Inc. (as Stephen Brooks)
Rae Burkland .... model department special design: Apogee, Inc.
Glenn Campbell .... motion control camera assistant: Apogee, Inc.
Clint Colver .... effects animation supervisor: Apogee, Inc.
Stephen Dane .... visual effects art director: Apogee, Inc. (as Steven Dane)
Peter Donen .... visual effects supervisor
Dennis Dorney .... optical camera assistant: Apogee, Inc.
Roger Dorney .... optical supervisor: Apogee, Inc.
Syd Dutton .... matte painting effects (as Sid Dutton)
John Eaves .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Jonathan Erland .... visual effects matte technician: Apogee, Inc.
Cory Faucher .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Rick Gilligan .... optical camera assistant: Apogee, Inc.
Ron Goldstein .... effects technician: Apogee, Inc.
Mark Gredell .... motion control camera assistant: Apogee, Inc.
Peter Gruskoff .... visual effects production assistant
Rhonda C. Gunner .... video and graphic displays: Video Image
David R. Hardberger .... motion control camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as David Hardberger)
Richard E. Hollander .... video and graphic displays: Video Image
Robert Jason .... chief set lighting technician: Apogee, Inc. (as Bob Jason)
Paul D. Johnson .... motion control programmer: Apogee, Inc. (as Paul Johnson)
Grant McCune .... chief model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Susan McGuire .... effects production publicist: Apogee, Inc.
Gregory L. McMurry .... video and graphic displays: Video Image (as Gregory L. McMurray)
Alvah J. Miller .... motion control electronics engineer: Apogee, Inc.
Debbi Nikkel .... chief production auditor: Apogee, Inc.
Tom Pahk .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Jerry Pooler .... optical camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Ron Robinson .... motion control camera assistant: Apogee, Inc.
Christopher S. Ross .... model maker: Apogee, Inc. (as Chris Ross)
Jay Roth .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Suzie Schneider .... model maker: Apogee, Inc. (as Suzy Schneider)
Robert Shepherd .... executive in charge of production: Apogee, Inc.
John R. Shourt .... animation illustrator: Apogee, Inc. (as John Shourt)
William Shourt .... effects technician: Apogee, Inc. (as Bill Shourt)
Douglas Smith .... motion control camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as Doug Smith)
David Sosalla .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Smokey Stover .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
John E. Sullivan .... motion control camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as John Sullivan)
Bill Taylor .... matte painting effects
Ron Thornton .... model department special design: Apogee, Inc.
Don Trumbull .... visual effects engineer: Apogee, Inc.
Michael Van Himbergen .... production coordinator: Apogee, Inc.
John C. Wash .... video and graphic displays: Video Image
Harry Weinmann .... animation illustrator: Apogee, Inc.
Albert Whitlock .... matte painting supervisor
Joseph Yanuzzi .... assistant editor: Apogee, Inc. (as Joe Yanuzzi)
Charles Bailey .... creature shop manager: ILM (uncredited)
David Cornelius .... motion control technician (uncredited)
David Johnson .... dancing alien puppeteer: ILM (uncredited)
Sam Longoria .... visual effects machinist: Apogee Inc. (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects still photographer (uncredited)
Mark Setrakian .... dancing alien animatronics: ILM (uncredited)
Eben Stromquist .... dancing alien supervisor: ILM (uncredited)
Joseph Thomas .... animation cameraman (uncredited)
Lauren Vogt .... dancing alien sculptor: ILM (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunt coordinator (as Richard Warlock)
Mike Washlake .... stunts
Jack West .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer : uncredited
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts (uncredited)
Dane Farwell .... stunt double: Bill Pullman (uncredited)
Denney Pierce .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: for Mel Brooks (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen E. Bridge .... camera operator (as Steve Bridge)
Michael A. Chavez .... first assistant camera
Lindsay P. Hill .... video playback operator
Gerald A. King .... second grip (as Jerry King)
George Llerena .... second assistant camera
Steve McLean .... first assistant camera
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Víctor Pérez .... assistant lighting technician (as Victor Perez)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Tom Stern .... chief lighting technician
Bill Young .... key grip (as William C. Young)
Frank Detone Jr. .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: special art (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Ericksen .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Charmaine Nash Simmons .... wardrobe supervisor: women (as Charmaine N. Simmons)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Debra Goldfield .... assistant editor
Jay Ignaszewski .... associate editor
Nicholas C. Smith .... additional editor
Clarinda Wong .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Eugene Marks .... music editor
Norman B. Schwartz .... vocal effects supervisor
Armin Steiner .... scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Michael Lloyd .... music arranger (uncredited)
Michael Lloyd .... song producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chet Brooks .... transportation captain
Jim Chesney .... transportation coordinator
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (uncredited)
William Hogue .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
James Caverly .... production assistant
Joanne Wetzel Caverly .... production assistant (as JoAnne Wetzel Caverly)
Mary Courtney .... production coordinator
Nyna Cravens .... assistant: Mr. Candy
Karen D'Arc .... assistant: Mr. Meehan & Mr. Graham
Ann Fisher .... assistant: Mr. Meehan & Mr. Graham
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Alison Harstedt .... accountant
Daren Hicks .... assistant: Ezra Swerdlow
Saul Kahan .... publicist
K. Lenna Katich .... production controller (as K. Lenna Kunkel)
Michael John Meehan .... location manager (as Michael J. Meehan)
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Louis Sapin .... french adaptation: dubbed version
Charles J.D. Schlissel .... production assistant (as Charles Schlissel)
Laurie Stuebe .... accountant (as Laurie Steube)
Leah Zappy .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Bob Greenberg .... the producer wishes to give special thanks to
Gerald B. Greenberg .... the producer wishes to give special thanks to (as Jerry Greenberg)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Spaceballs: The Video" - USA (video box title)
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96 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Malaysia:PG-13 | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (original rating) (cut) | UK:12 (2000) (re-rating) (uncut) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2000) (uncut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (cut) | USA:PG (#28661) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Steve Martin was the original choice for Colonel Sandurz.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: A dolly is visible in front of Dot's feet on the floor just as they approach the feet of the Yogurt Statue. After a cut to the statue and a cut back to them it's covered by the sand on the ground.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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Time for a nice, fun space-out!, 8 May 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

It seemed obvious for a long time that someone would do a "Star Wars" spoof, and it seems that only Mel Brooks could do it. "Spaceballs" starts off by showing us a spaceship...for a very long time. Then, we learn that the planet Spaceballs has used up all its air. So, Pres. Skroob (Mel Brooks) has sent the ultra-evil, ultra-dork Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) from the planet Druidia to extort their air.

Fear not! There are two people who can save her: space-traveling everyman Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-dog, half-human friend Barf (John Candy, and the character is his own best friend!). And they do it by jamming Dark Helmet's radar...with real jam.

From there, the whole thing is typical Mel Brooks stuff, with a gag every minute and parts where they admit that they're in a movie. I think that my favorite part is when they watch "Spaceballs: The Movie" ("But we're barely halfway through making it!"). But the scene where John Hurt spoofs one of his most famous scenes is also something. A laugh riot from beginning to end. Also starring Dom DeLuise, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, and the voice of Joan Rivers.

May the Schwartz be with us all!

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