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Rated PG
Copyright 1984 Sherwood Productions
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Buckaroo Banzai - Peter Weller! Brilliant particle physist and neurosurgeon, he is also a martial arts master and plays in a band.
  • Lord John Whorfin - John Lithgow! Evil leader of the "Red Lectroids." Buckaroo vaporizes him.
  • Penny Priddy - Ellen Barkin! The lost twin sister of Buckaroo's deceased wife.
  • New Jersey - Jeff Goldblum! A cowboy at heart, this neurosurgeon partner of Buckaroo is joining The Hong Kong Cavaliers.
  • John Bigboote (Bigbooty! Hehehehe!) - Christopher Lloyd! Red Lectroid from planet 10, shot by Lord Whorfin for talking back.
  • Rawhide - Clancy Brown! (He played Kurgan in "Highlander.") Member of The Hong Kong Cavaliers, poisoned by a Red Lectroid.
  • Perfect Tommy and Reno - Two of The Hong Kong Cavaliers. Tommy has some serious bleached hair.
  • John Parker - Black Lectroid, sent to help Buckaroo save Earth before his people are forced to destroy it.
  • John O'Conner - Vincent Schiavelli! (He's been in lots of stuff, the teacher in "Better Off Dead" and the subway ghost in "Ghost.") A Red Lectroid. Vaporized.

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The Plot: 

This movie has more famous people in it than most blockbuster films! Look at them all! Just look at them! What we have here my friends is a seriously out in left field piece of work. Buckaroo Banzai and his partners have just perfected the "Oscillation Overthruster" and it allows them to travel into the 8th dimension. Why did we miss all the ones between? I dunno! How can a 3rd dimension being interact on the 8th? I dunno! Lord Whorfin is trapped on Earth with a select group of followers, he wants to steal the overthruster and free all the Red Lectroids from exile in the 8th dimension. Then they will return to their home on the 10th planet and defeat the Black Lectroids! Black Lectroids are the good aliens by the way, they're also all Jamaican oddly enough. Need a romance in here somewhere so Buckaroo runs into Penny while performing at a club, she's the lost twin sister of the woman he loved. (She died, we don't really know how.) Well, the Black Lectroids can't let Lord Whorfin escape Earth, they are fully prepared to precipitate a nuclear war if necessary. They do have the courtesy to shock (literally) Buckaroo so he can see the alien's true forms. With his elite band of six shooting scientists, The Hong Kong Cavaliers, Dr. Banzai is able to defeat Whorfin and save Earth. Do you get the idea? What more do you need? Okay, how about Christopher Lloyd running around and everyone calling him "John Bigbooty?" Or Jeff Goldblume as New Jersey, decked out like a cowboy - he even has black and white spotted luggage. Gateway 2000 luggage! Watch the film two or three times, the plot is there...

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Neurosurgeons shouldn't tug on things they don't recognize.
  • Rocket powered pickup trucks don't look right.
  • The 8th dimension looks a good deal like what you might see through an electron microscope.
  • New Brunswick, Maine is a tough town.
  • Aliens with bird like ships should stay well clear of Earth during duck season. Especially you, yeah you, darn Romulans.
  • Alien Lectroids have nads.
  • Hologram viewing glasses are made out of bubble wrap.
  • Girls: Never try to get intimate with some guy carrying a electric charge.
  • Bacteria can affect people via television.
  • Good aliens appear to hail from Jamaica.
  • Four star generals should not use the phrase, "I'm barely holding my fudge."
  • Alien thermal pods carry parachutes.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 7 mins - This is some serious high tech stuff!
  • 10 mins - Buckaroo is driving through a mountain?
  • 13 mins - John Lithgow is applying electric current to his tongue!
  • 23 mins - If Peter Weller was bawling out a song to me I'd do the same thing.
  • 32 mins - Somebody shut Penny up, damn blonde...
  • 48 mins - That little asian guy looks funny riding a Harley.
  • 50 mins - Awful lot of folks named John.
  • 53 mins - What the heck did the alien kill him with? Spit?
  • 60 mins - Yeah, why is there a watermelon there?
  • 78 mins - These guards don't notice a double decker bus?
  • 85 mins - Now that is a mad looking slug, um thing.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note buckaroo1.wav Buckaroo: "No,no,no,no. Don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to."
Green Music Note buckaroo2.wav Lord Whorfin: "Laugh while you can, monkey boy!"
Green Music Note buckaroo3.wav Lord Whorfin: "I wanna make a call to Mr. John Bigbooty at YoYodine Propulsion Systems."
Green Music Note buckaroo4.wav John Parker: "Wait a minute, I need see Buckaroo Banzai in person. My name is John Parker."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipbuckaroo1.mpg - 2.5m
Just a moment ago Vincent Schiavelli and Christopher Lloyd were sitting there, but now Buckaroo can recognize them as aliens from the 8th dimension! Lost? That's a normal reaction for people watching this the first time.

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Evil !!!! Pure and Simple from Planet 10!!!
HOO BOY!! I love Buckaroo Banzai.  I remeber saving up my allowance as a wee 7year old to buy the Marvel magazine adaption.  I also got the novelization for Christmas of 1984.  This movie is great fun.  Watch it back to back with Big Trouble in Little China and you have a super night.  BTW the sequel was to be called Buckaroo Banzai Vs. THe World Crime League!!

It's not my goddam planet monkeyboy!!!!!!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Aaron Agassi
Oh, screw any banal World Laugue of Crime rehash!  

L. Sprague de Camp's first published work: 'Isolinguals', Astounding, September 1937 later anthologized by Damon Knight in FIRST FLIGHT : MAIDEN VOYAGES IN SPACE AND TIME. Lancer, PB, in 1963, adapted into a Buckaroo Banzai Adventure, 'Buckaroo Banzai and the Isolinguals', would make a far better sequel.  
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Barb Stafford
Oh, those were the days.  Coldwar paranoia and $1.05 admission on Tuesday nights at the local movie theatre.  I saw BB 7 times on the big screen (countless on tape), and I married the man that sat through it with me 7 times.  Kids these days, they don't get it, 'cause the world's not going to blow up anymore, and noboday wears shoulderpads.  Have you ever seen so many shoulderpads in a movie?
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Yuug
I can't believe I hear all these comments about how stellar the cast was and everyone bringing up Goldblum, Lithgow, Birkin, and Weller's names... Everyone's forgetting the biggest name of them all: YACKOFF SMIRNOFF!! YEAH!! He totally made the movie. Even if he was in it for about 2 seconds.

That and the scene where Buckaroo is flying the spaceship at the end and says "Get off the knob and take the wheel!" and then the Jamacian alien lifts his head up with strange glazed looking eyes is classic. Even though the rest of the movie had me wanting to kill myself several times over. I'm sorry. I don't know what any of you see in this movie, but UGGGGGGHHHHH!!!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Neville
I really dig this movie. probably is the one which opened the door for me to watch more B-movies. I really had a great time watching it, and I don't know what I laughed at
the most, if the great John Lithgow in a Mussolinni parody or the disarming first line of the plot: A group of scientists who are also a r&r band. That's err original.

Anyway, here's some present for all the lovers of the movie,
the original script:

Courtesy of
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Andrew
This tidbit comes from Thomas Deja:

"Way back when the movie came out, I interviewed the writer,and he mentioned there never was a sequel intended; that tagline was put on to better simulate the idea that BB was like a Saturday Morning serial."
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #31. Posted on September 29, 2001, 12:30:10 PM by Richard Of Portland
Hey, I would not call this a bad movie, definatly it is a B-rated movie. The movie was fun.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by
"Buckaroo Banzai" is one of my favourite films ever.  Everything about this film is brilliant.  Plus, the synth music is amazing.  I actually acquired the CD soundtrack back in late '98.  No, it wasn't official, but it's still wonderful (there are even a few tracks that aren't present in the final print, or in the workprint).  And speaking of the workprint... ALL of you Buckaroo Banzai fans must see it.  It's a rough cut (VERY rough), but it's absolutely worth it for the extended/previously unseen footage.  And yes, the much rumoured death scene of Buckaroo's parents IS true; it is present in this version... and his mother is played by Jaime Lee Curtis.  Oh, and to those of you who love the Team March end theme (who doesn't?): it's present in the workprint as well, but once again, this version of the song found in the workprint is extremely rudimentary.  Also, the Team March footage of the cast marching down the drained aqueduct is extended as well.  This workprint will never be publicly released (not even in the upcoming DVD release).  They may show clips from it, but they'd never release the workprint in its entirety.  You guys have no idea what you're missing!        
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