An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.
On the peaceful planet Druidia, King Roland attempts to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa and her loyal droid Dot Matrix escape during her wedding. After wasting the fresh air on the distant planet Spaceball, the good-for-nothing President Skroob orders the archvillain henchman Dark Helmet to kidnap Princess Vespa to force King Roland to provide them with the code to Druidia'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 Hutt 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
The filmmakers had to replace the original title of this movie, "Planet Moron", when they heard about the British science fiction spoof Morons from Outer Space (1985). Mel Brooks, Ronny Graham, and Thomas Meehan went through all of the letters of the alphabet to search for a word to add to "Space", which Thomas Meehan suggested. Mel Brooks spilled a drink and shouted, "Balls!" and Ronnie Graham said, "Spaceballs!", which became the movie's new and final title, and they came up with the idea that the villains, the Spaceballs, would wear ball-shaped helmets. Ironically, in Morons from Outer Space (1985), the name of the game of sport that the morons from outer space played in their spaceship was "Spaceball". Two years after that movie was released, Mel Brooks' science fiction comedy launched into theaters. See more »
When Dark Helmet and Sandurz are watching the tape of Spaceballs, the scrolling words shown at the beginning of the tape are in a different font and do not match what was actually shown at the beginning of the movie. On the tape, the letters are all capitals, but are upper and lower case at the start of the actual film. See more »
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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