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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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... 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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Beings from Another Dimension have invaded your world. See more »


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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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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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President Widmark is clearly intended to look and sound like Orson Welles, who directed and starred in the radio presentation of "War of the Worlds" referenced in the film. See more »

Goofs

During the closing credit sequence with Buackaroo Banzai and the gang walking in the aqueduct, Perfect Tommy is first seen wearing a white jacket and black pants. As they take their final turn in front of the "Buckaroo Banzai" graffiti on the wall, Perfect Tommy is wearing a completely different outfit - gray jacket and red pants. See more »

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Penny Priddy: Uh, Dr. Banzai, you... you forgot your thruster.
Buckaroo Banzai: [smiles] Why don't you hold onto it for a while?
Penny Priddy: [looks at him suggestively as he leaves the room] Anytime...
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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 »

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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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A witty yet dry 'british stylized' comedy
5 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy or Red Dwarf, chances are you'll enjoy Buckaroo Bonzai. It is full of subtle/dry humor and has an overall upbeat mood. The subtly dry humor is found in the background audio as well as the odds and ends that find their way into the set decor and dialog. These offer a nice array of silliness to punctuate the story with their own unique twists of humor.

The cast is definitely All Star! Peter Weller (Robocop), John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun), Robert Ito (Quincy MD), Clancy Brown (Highlander), Ellen Barkin (Wild Bill), and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) all have fun and amusing roles. Even the minor roles are covered well by perhaps lesser known yet veteran cast members such as Rosalind Cash and Matt Clark.

If you're a fan of British humor, you should definitely enjoy this one, even though it may take more than one viewing to catch all the subtleties. If you haven't been exposed to this style of humor, this certainly isn't a bad place to start! If, on the other hand, this style of humor is not what you enjoy, it may not be the one for you. For everyone else, kick back and enjoy! If it weren't a bit of a cult classic, I doubt it would be available on DVD. I give it a 7 out of 10 since it may not be for everyone. Personally, I rate it a notch higher.


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