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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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Television adaptation of the cult favorite film from W.D. Richter about a space-traveling rock star named Buckaroo Banzai.

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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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Expect the unexpected. He does. See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1984 (Australia) 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

Gross USA:

$6,254,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,254,148
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sherwood Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many names and terms were taken from Thomas Pynchon's book "The Crying of Lot 49", most notably the company name Yoyodyne. To this day, there is a yoyodyne.com, which serves as a fan site for the film. "Yoyodyne" itself was Pynchon's thinly veiled reference to Rocketdyne, a major defense industry contractor and manufacturer of rocket engines, founded just after World War II to reverse-engineer German V-2 rockets, thereby also making this a further veiled reference to Pynchon's novel "Gravity's Rainbow". See more »

Goofs

When the two hunters are poking at the thermopod up in the tree, a shower of sparks falls when they hit the pod. You can see the power-cable they used to produce these sparks fall away as the pod slides out of the tree. See more »

Quotes

Perfect Tommy: Be cool. She'll hold.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

One TV version features some voice-over narration at the beginning to set up the story, and shortens the end credits by several minutes. (This also leaves out the reference to any upcoming sequel in the end credits) See more »

Connections

References The Night That Panicked America (1975) See more »

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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Cult movie or seminal?
4 December 2009 | by moxie-7See all my reviews

There are, and always will be, differences of opinion about every movie. After reading the existing comments on this one I decided that one of the things causing those differences is the question of how many movies you've seen. I grew up in the 40s of the last century so I've seen an awful lot of movies. Maybe for that reason or maybe just because I'm a wacko, I tend to judge every movie at least partly for its relation to all the other movies I've seen.

Take "Buckaroo," for example. It came out in 1984 containing some elements suggested by "Dr. Strangelove" (1964) and "Superman II" (1980).On the other hand, its driving force shows up again in "Men In Black" (1997). "Sneakers" (1992) shamelessly copies one of its principal sets, the background of one of the characters, its technological McGuffin and one scene right down to the dialog. One line by John Bigboote is hilariously adapted in every single episode of the BBC comedy series "Keeping Up Appearances." Top that, "Citizen Kane!"


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