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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 #57. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by SRBoone
Ever had one of those toons you couldn't get out of your head? I had one for nearly two decades. I'd forgotten where it came from over the years, but after buying this on DVD I have exorcised my demons.  It was the theme from BB.

This and another Weller movie "Of Unknown Origin" are his best. (that one is out also--check it out.)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #58. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mog
Possibly the most intelligent movie ever made.  BB reigns.  Anyone who hasn't read the book should do it now -- it has extra stuff -- like a DVD.  More characters, more in-depth background.  Footnotes even!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #59. Posted on February 12, 2005, 04:30:49 AM by dave
Excellent..................someone finally recoginized one of the truly great films of our time....................JOHN SMALLBERRIES!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #60. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Pedeka
I wore out a VHS of this movie high school. A wonderful good time of a movie, and don't forget, "Wherever you go, there you are."
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #61. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jonny Lugnuts
Does anyone realise that the movie wasn't supposed to be any good?

I mean, I love this film too, but the movie was supposed to be a flop, a big loss, a money pit. It was a slightly shady attempt to lose money by the production company
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Reply #62. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by

I love this movie.

It's the only film I know of that takes longer to explain than it does to watch.

I need to go and watch it again tonight.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #63. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by IT
Seen this one when I was in highschool and it was one of the funniest movies that I'VE ever scene.Me and my friends was tearing up the town trying to find one of those PERFECT TOMMY jackets but never did damn.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #64. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Lark Logan
I remeber catching this film when it first came out with one of my totally "out there artsy type" friends in Boston.  There were a handful of people in the theatre at the Prudential Center and all of us...absolutely cheered and raved during the film.  Peter Weller and Jeff Goldblum were terrific, the other charcters were fascinating, and Perfect Tommy was a walking Armani ad, bleached hair and all.

I have always loved this film and can only imagine it's failure at the box office was its extremely surreal nature.  I have to say, I was disappointed the hinted sequel was never made.  

I think the line I loved the most occured during the scene were Buckaroo first sees Penny and he says something like, "No matter where you go, there you are."  That one always stayed with me.  It was just the epitome of cool!
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