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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rick Moranis suggested John Candy for the role of Barf. See more »

Goofs

When Commanderette Zircon calls Skroob in the bathroom, her image and that of her surroundings is not properly perspective-shifted to match the camera angle and perspective of the wall on which her transmission appears. 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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Crazy Credits

In the style of the "Star Wars" movies, there are no opening credits, only the title followed by a crawl. See more »

Alternate Versions

The British version also excluded a brief scene where President Scroob is taking a pee. Spaceball Commanderett Zircon contacts the President during the act on what is referred to as an 'unlisted wall'. Also shown is a roll of Spaceballs the Toilet Paper. The 'unlisted wall' scene, cut from the original British release, is included in the version shown on the BBC. The F-word is still ommitted from this version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Good Enough
Performed by Van Halen
Produced by Van Halen, Mick Jones and Donn Landee
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Of course it is my dear... I guarantee it!
17 November 2005 | by thrasyllusSee all my reviews

A joyous, hilarious fairy-tale (which just happens to be set in a galaxy resembling one far, far away, a long time ago)! Many cheap, childish, utterly irresistible gags. Special effects of sufficient quality that they don't distract. Excellent ensemble acting with Rick Moranis a real highlight. And a space Winnebago...

One of Mr. Brooks's finest efforts! When the cod-seriousness of Episodes I, II and III gets too much for you, just imagine Mace Windu with his Schwartz tangled and pop this movie on.

Now, it's getting a bit stuffy in here so I'm off to inhale some delightful Perri-air.


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