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

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Buckaroo Banzai
... Lord John Whorfin / Dr. Emilio Lizardo
... Penny Priddy
... New Jersey
... John Bigboote
... Perfect Tommy
... John Emdall
... Professor Hikita
... Reno Nevada
... President Widmark
... Secretary of Defense
... Rawhide
William Traylor ... General Catburd
... John Parker
... John O'Connor
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Storyline

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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You can't see them...but they can see you. See more »


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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$620,279, 12 August 1984, Limited Release

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$6,254,148
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2.35 : 1
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The original Director of Photography of the film was Jordan Cronenweth, who famously shot Blade Runner (1982). The filmmakers specifically wanted their film to be rich in color and texture, for which Cronenweth was specifically known. However, several weeks into filming, Producer David Begelman had Jordan Cronenweth replaced with Fred J. Koenekamp against the wishes of the crew, including Director W.D. Richter, in order to give the film its campy, flat, visual appearance, which the filmmakers had never originally intended. Scenes shot by Jordan Cronenweth still remain in the final cut, including the famous nightclub scene featuring the line, "Wherever you go, there you are." See more »

Goofs

During the musical march in the aqueduct, not only does Perfect Tommy's clothes change (including giving him a shirt), but Banzai goes from wearing a bow tie to not wearing one. See more »

Quotes

[after Buckaroo has been ionized]
Buckaroo Banzai: There they are.
Perfect Tommy: There who are?
Buckaroo Banzai: Don't you see them?
New Jersey: See who?
[Buckaroo points at the Lectroids]
Buckaroo Banzai: There! Evil PURE AND SIMPLE by way of the Eighth Dimension!
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

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Since I Don't Have You
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Written by Joseph Rock and James Beaumont with The Skyliners
Performed by Peter Weller
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This Movie Is Great! Or is it?
8 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

You will either love or hate this movie. If you get it it is a barrel of laughs. If you don't get it, you say . . . What the hell is this nonsense? It has been said that it's a comedy with all the punchlines removed. But they are there, you just have to read between the lines. It's kind of like one of those Magic Eye Puzzles. You have to look at it with the right kind of eyes. Otherwise you'll just see it as a crappy 80s sci-fi spoof. But trust me, there's more there than meets the eye. Some of the jokes aren't obvious on first viewing, or the 100th for that matter. You may want to consult the DVD extras or Pinky Caruther's 10,000 little known facts. With a bit of research, you can find out the reasons why that watermelon is there!


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