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Spaceballs (1987)

A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs.

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Mel Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... President Skroob / Yogurt
John Candy ... Barf
Rick Moranis ... Dark Helmet
Bill Pullman ... Lone Starr
Daphne Zuniga ... Princess Vespa
Dick Van Patten ... King Roland
George Wyner ... Colonel Sandurz
Michael Winslow ... Radar Technician
Joan Rivers ... Dot Matrix (voice)
Lorene Yarnell Jansson Lorene Yarnell Jansson ... Dot Matrix (as Lorene Yarnell)
John Hurt ... John Hurt
Sal Viscuso ... Radio Operator
Ronny Graham Ronny Graham ... Minister
Jim J. Bullock ... Prince Valium (as JM J. Bullock)
Leslie Bevis ... Commanderette Zircon
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Storyline

After squandering the fresh air in the distant planet Spaceball, the good-for-nothing President Skroob orders the arch-villain henchman, Dark Helmet, to abduct the adjacent planet Druidia's Princess Vespa to strong-arm her father, King Roland, to provide them with the code to the planet's atmosphere. Under those circumstances, the seasoned mercenary, Lone Starr, and his trusty half-human, half canine sidekick, Barf, will attempt to save the princess in distress, while at the same time, the ruthless loan shark, Pizza the Hut is after them. But in the end, only he who can harness the mystical and mighty force known only as "The Schwartz", will be able to save the day. Written by Nick Riganas

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Once upon a time warp in deep space, the struggle between the nice & the rotten goes on... See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet Moron See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,600,000, 28 June 1987

Gross USA:

$38,119,483
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The escape pod launch sequence is an unused clip from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) provided to Mel Brooks by Lucasfilm. See more »

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Whenever Pizza the Hutt speaks, the chin of the person in the costume can be seen where Pizza's tongue is supposed to be. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Radio Operator: Colonel Sandurz!
Colonel Sandurz: What is it, Sergeant Ricco?
Radio Operator: You told me to let you know the moment Planet Druidia was in sight, sir.
Colonel Sandurz: So?
Radio Operator: Planet Druidia's in sight, sir.
Colonel Sandurz: You're really a Spaceball. You know that, don't you?
Radio Operator: Thanks, sir.
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Heartstrings
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Mel Brooks is a genius!
10 November 2003 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

Spaceballs is one of my favorite comedies of all time, it's actually one of those few movies that I know every single line too. I know that seems a bit sad, but this film has so many memorable lines that it came so natural. I've watched this movie since I was a little girl and the strange thing is that every time I watch it, it just seems to get funnier and funnier. I don't understand how a person could not laugh with this film, it just has perfect humor that I'm sure could make the emotionally stunted person laugh. How could you not laugh at Rick Morannis as Lord Helmet? He was beyond a perfect choice for Helmet, he was the complete opposite of what Darth Vadar was, and he didn't have a problem making fun of himself. In fact, the whole cast looked like they had the ultimate blast making this film, everyone clicked so well. The story is one of Mel's finest parades, of course, this one is of Star Wars or pretty much any space film.

Lord Helmet and President Skroob wish to steal all of Planet Druidia's fresh air and transfer it onto their own, but they must get the combination to the air shield that is protecting it. King Roland's daughter, Princess Vespa, runs away from her wedding, since King Roland is the king of Druidia, Lord Helmet kidnaps her to get the combination. King Roland asks space rebel, Lone Starr and his faithful side kick Mog(half-man half-dog) Barf, to save the princess. But things quickly turn bad when Helmet does get the combination and now Lone Starr must use the "schwartz" and defeat Lord Helmet and Skroob before they suck all the air from Druidia.

Spaceballs is seriously just a great comedy, I guarantee you that you will have a good laugh by watching this film. Every scene is just so funny, my favorite is always the one with Lord Helmet playing with his dolls and Corinel Sanders walks in on him, you'll just have to see what I mean, but it's the funniest scene in my opinion. But there isn't one scene that isn't funny. If you are a fan of Mel Brooks, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't love this film, it's my second favorite just behind Young Frankenstein, but that was a tough choice. I highly recommend Spaceballs for anyone, please see this film, you won't regret it.

10/10


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