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

Writer:

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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Storyline

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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The logo on the side of the Rug Suckers van reads, We clean carpets the ol' fashioned way. See more »

Goofs

As Lizardo discovers Banzai has infiltrated Yoyodyne, he yells to turn off the klaxon sounding the alarm. His mouth says "Goddam klaxon" but what is dubbed is "Gosh darn klaxon". See more »

Quotes

Buckaroo Banzai: You ever thought about joining me full time?
New Jersey: Whatya mean, you serious, do you have an opening?
Buckaroo Banzai: Uh huh. Can you sing?
New Jersey: A little, yeh, I can dance.
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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 »

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

References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

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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This Movie Is Great! Or is it?
8 July 2004 | by tzer0See 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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1984 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai See more »

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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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