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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.

Director:

W.D. Richter

Writer:

Earl Mac Rauch
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Cast

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. 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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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA) 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,254,148
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Sherwood Productions See more »
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Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "jet car" shown in the film (reportedly a 1982 Ford F-350 pick-up truck) included an actual Cold War-era General Electric turbo jet engine that was borrowed from Northrop University in Inglewood, California. 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

Ed: President's calling, Buckaroo.
Buckaroo Banzai: The president of what?
Ed: The President of The United States.
Buckaroo Banzai: Oh.
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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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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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Get over it, junior Eberts!
28 January 2004 | by sober_gaijinSee all my reviews

I've read several comments by people under the age of 30 who trash on this film, call it crap, and characterize us fans as vapid, thorazine-addled retards. Whatever makes you happy, folks! If trashing on a film that was seminal in the annals of low-budget cinematic resourcefulness makes you feel special then I'm happy for you.

There is a reason we love this film. The script is clever, a veritable mosaic of silly twists and throwaway jokes so layered that it takes multiple viewings to keep up with it all (favorite line: "It's not my ******* planet, Monkey Boy!"). And the direction and approach is equally exciting: rather than annoy us with underfinanced special effects that pretend to be Lucasfilm quality, the director revels in his low budget, using conk shells as models for space ships and populating alien ship interiors with tubes, pipes, rods and duct tape. The aliens come off as resourceful-albeit-goofy packrats, bumbling about and managing to stay just a few steps ahead of Buckaroo until the very end.

For many of us over 30, this film was something special. We caught it at midnight movie houses and relished in the warm presence of a movie made by people who shared our dark, twisted senses of humor. In college, it was a regular rental; we held Bonzai parties, dressed as characters, turned it into our private video Rocky Horror. No, it's not Citizen Kane ... but what do you want from a movie called Buckaroo Bonzai?


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