The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

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Plot

Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.1/10 (11,538 voted)

Director:
W.D. Richter

Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin

Storyline
Neurosurgeon/Rock Star/Superhero Buckaroo has perfected the oscillation overthruster, which allows him to travel through solid matter by using the eighth dimension. The Red Lectroids from Planet 10 are after this device for their own evil ends, and it's up to Buckaroo and his band and crime-fighting team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to stop them.

Cast:

Peter Weller

Buckaroo Banzai


John Lithgow

Lord John Whorfin
/
Dr. Emilio Lizardo


Ellen Barkin

Penny Priddy


Jeff Goldblum

New Jersey


Christopher Lloyd

John Bigboote


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

General Catburd


Carl Lumbly

John Parker


Vincent Schiavelli

John O'Connor

Taglines:
Your only hope is Buckaroo Banzai.



Details

Official Website:
MGM |
TV series support site |

Release Date: 15 August 1984

Filming Locations: 609 E. Channel Rd., Rustic Canyon, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $620,279
(USA)
(12 August 1984)
(236 Screens)

Gross: $6,254,148
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Lord John Whorfin's line, "Character is what you are in the dark," is a quote from the 19th Century evangelist Dwight L. Moody.

Goofs:

Continuity:
After Buckaroo briefs the president on the situation, the president replies "I don't know what to say. Lectroids, Planet 10, nuclear extortion, a girl named John?" However, Buckaroo didn't mention John Emdall during his briefing and the president doesn't watch the video until later.

Quotes:

Lord John Whorfin:
John O'Connor, install my Oscillation Overthruster!



User Review

Get over it, junior Eberts!

Rating:

I've read several comments by people under the age of 30 who trash on this
film, call it crap, and characterize us fans as vapid, thorazine-addled
retards. Whatever makes you happy, folks! If trashing on a film that was
seminal in the annals of low-budget cinematic resourcefulness makes you
feel
special then I'm happy for you.

There is a reason we love this film. The script is clever, a veritable
mosaic of silly twists and throwaway jokes so layered that it takes
multiple
viewings to keep up with it all (favorite line: "It's not my *******
planet,
Monkey Boy!"). And the direction and approach is equally exciting: rather
than annoy us with underfinanced special effects that pretend to be
Lucasfilm quality, the director revels in his low budget, using conk
shells
as models for space ships and populating alien ship interiors with tubes,
pipes, rods and duct tape. The aliens come off as
resourceful-albeit-goofy
packrats, bumbling about and managing to stay just a few steps ahead of
Buckaroo until the very end.

For many of us over 30, this film was something special. We caught it at
midnight movie houses and relished in the warm presence of a movie made by
people who shared our dark, twisted senses of humor. In college, it was a
regular rental; we held Bonzai parties, dressed as characters, turned it
into our private video Rocky Horror. No, it's not Citizen Kane … but
what
do you want from a movie called Buckaroo Bonzai?