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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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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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Expect the unexpected. He does. 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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Trivia

The white helicopter is an example of the Bell 206 Jet Ranger/Long Ranger series. 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 »

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[repeated line]
John Bigboote: BigbooTAY!
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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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Referenced in The Goldbergs: Lainey Loves Lionel (2016) 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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Witty Sci-Fi Spoof
6 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

W.D Richter's Buckaroo Banzai succeeds on many levels, thanks to a wonderfully droll sensibility and inspired casting. Peter Weller lends a perfect, dead-pan seriousness to the very 'out there' proceedings, while John Lithgow chews up the scenery as the fiendish Dr. Lizardo. Ellen Barkin is particularly fetching as Penny Priddy, while Jeff Goldblum stakes out his turf with an engaging feverishness that is all his own. Christopher Lloyd takes a relatively low-key approach to his role and does well for it, allowing for Lithgow's extravagance. Welding the pieces together is a delirious, kinetic script by Earl M. Rauch.The film, although essentially a spoof of science fiction films and comic book superheroes, remains a delightful, inventive enigma of eighties cinema. The look of the picture is quite good, and (considering it's meager budget) highly-digestible. Given that the film never found a mass audience, it is surprising that so many individuals seem to remember it as vividly, and as fondly as they do. I can only hope that after everyone has gotten their fill of a certain "galaxy far, far away", that a return to the more substantial basics of storytelling and characterization is deemed imperative. Meanwhile sit back, relax, and laugh yourself silly with a charming, 'little' film that tends to be so much more.


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