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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W.D. Richter

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Earl Mac Rauch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow ... Lord John Whorfin / Dr. Emilio Lizardo
Ellen Barkin ... Penny Priddy
Jeff Goldblum ... New Jersey
Christopher Lloyd ... John Bigbooté
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 William Traylor ... General Catburd
Carl Lumbly ... John Parker
Vincent Schiavelli ... John O'Connor
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Brain surgeon, rock musician, adventurer Buckaroo Banzai is a modern renaissance man and has made scientific history. He perfected the Oscillation Overthruster, which allows him to travel through solid matter by using the eighth dimension. But when his sworn enemy 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. Along with his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo must stop the evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer our dimension. He is helped by Penny Pretty, the long-lost twin sister of his late wife, and some good extra-dimensional beings who look and talk like they are from Jamaica. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Jamie Lee Curtis played Buckaroo's mother in a flashback, but this scene was cut. The scene is available on the recent DVD release as an optional prequel to the theatrical version, and as a special feature. Jamie Lee Curtis is visible in a photo on the dashboard of the jet car in the wide-screen version. See more »

Goofs

During Buckaroo's guitar solo at the night club, he steps over next to the two saxophone players. As they sway together, the camera cuts to a tighter shot of the two sax players. On the left Buckaroo swings his guitar around behind his back (the guitar body visible over his shoulder) getting ready to grab his trumpet, while his solo riffs continue for another five seconds. See more »

Quotes

John Bigbooté: Damn John Whorfin and the horse he rode in on.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, Buckaroo's team assembles, one by one, walking along. Included in the group is Clancy Brown, whose character, Rawhide, dies during the film. (There is a claim that his character is not dead but in a coma under constant supervision and that was simply never dealt with in the film.) Also in the Closing Credits, Perfect Tommy's (played by Lewis Smith) outfit changes See more »

Alternate Versions

The Special Edition DVD contains 14 deleted scenes and an extended introduction, several of which make reference to Hanoi Xan, the leader of the World Crime League, who murdered Buckaroo's parents and his wife, Peggy. As mentioned in the "Crazy Credits" section, the World Crime League was mentioned at the end of the film as the focus of a planned sequel, but as of 2010 that film has yet to be made. See more »

Connections

Featured in That Sci-Fi Guy: 5/5 Jeff Goldblum Roles (2012) See more »

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Since I Don't Have You
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph Rock and James Beaumont with The Skyliners
Performed by Peter Weller
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I had forgotten how good this was!
1 January 2003 | by emswifeSee all my reviews

What a great way to start the New Year! I just watched this flick for the first time in ages and remember now why I agree that it is a "cult classic"!

Made in 1984 way before most of the actors achieved real star status, this movie has so many "inside" references and jokes, it's a wonder that more isn't made of it! And if you are a real Star Trek fan, you will know that Yoyodyne Propulsion is on the commissioning plaque for the Enterprise as well as other Star Fleet vessels. The references to Grover's Mill and Orson Wells along with the whole deadpan tone of the film makes this an unbelievably funny experience. I only wish that "Buckaroo Banzai versus The World Crime League" had been produced.

Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Dan Hedaya, the entire cast must have had a great time making this movie. It is full of technojargon, double speak and just plain funny stuff that pokes fun at every bad B-movie scifi thriller/comic book/Saturday serial ever made. There is no bad language and no skin and lots to hear and see in this great movie!

It has one redeeming quality above all else for me... it makes the effects on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and all of those other poor excuses for Saturday kid's entertainment look ridiculous. If the producers of this crap on TV that passes for action need some pointers on how to take useless stuff and make a cool, funny scifi flick, they need look no further that "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension"!


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1984 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$620,279, 12 August 1984

Gross USA:

$6,254,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,254,148
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Company Credits

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Sherwood Productions See more »
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Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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