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Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, The
Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, The - Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Peter Weller Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow Dr. Emilio Lizardo / Lord John Whorfin
Ellen Barkin Penny Priddy
Jeff Goldblum New Jersey
Christopher Lloyd John Bigboote
Lewis Smith Perfect Tommy
Rosalind Cash John Emdall
Robert Ito Prof.Hikita
Pepe Serna Reno Nevada
Ronald Lacey President Widmark
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Comedy; Romance; Sci-Fi
Director W.D. Richter
Producer Neil Canton; W.D. Richter
Writer Earl Mac Rauch
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 103 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.1
Despite mixed reviews and a disastrous initial release that dumped the film into theaters for a week in the midst of the 1984 Summer Olympics, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension went on to become one of the major cult films of the 1980s, developing a rabid following after its release on videotape. Drifting between satire and improbable sci-fi adventure, the film stars Peter Weller as Buckaroo Banzai, the son of an American mother and Japanese father who is a combination physicist, neurosurgeon, martial arts master, secret agent, and rock star who travels with his band of assistants/backing musicians, The Hong Kong Cavaliers. As the story opens, Buckaroo is driving his car through a mountain to test his new invention, the Oscillation Overthruster. However, a race of boorish aliens called the Red Lectroids have been waiting for such an item to become a reality, as they need it to return to the distant planet they call home. One of Buckaroo's arch-enemies, Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow), who has been possessed by the Red Lectroids, attempted to created a similar device decades before; now escaped from an insane asylum, he is back at work with the Lectroids on a plan to control the world. Throw in Rastafarian aliens, unscheduled travel between dimensions, and the odd inexplicable watermelon, and you get a film that defies conventional synopsis. With its fast pace, quotable dialogue ("No matter where you go, there you are"), and barrage of gags (subtle and otherwise), you won't be bored even when you're not sure what's going on. The supporting cast includes Jeff Goldblum as New Jersey, a Cavalier with a snappy cowboy outfit, and Ellen Barkin as Penny Priddy, the twin sister of Buckaroo's late wife. — Mark Deming
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 67
Collection Status In Collection
Location Main
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 027616862785
Chapters 16
Release Date 6/8/2004
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby