Spaceballs (1987)



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Movie Info

This film is a spoof of "Star Wars" involving the rescue of a princess and saving a planet from the ruthless "Spaceballs."

Rating: PG
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, RONNY GRAHAM
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 2, 2000


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as Lord Dark Helmet

as Princess Vespa

as Lone Starr Space Bum

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as Dot Matrix

as Col. Sandurz

as Radar Technician

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as Himself

as Radio Operator

as Minister

as Commanderette Zircon

as Prince Valium

as Maj. Asshole

as Laser Gunner

as Dr. Schlotkin

as Captain of the Guard

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as Charlene

as Megamaid Guard

as Marlene

as Woman in Diner

as Pizza the Hutt

as Sand Cruiser Driver

as TV Newsman

as Megamaid Guard

as Vinnie

as Head Usher

as Organist

as Short Order Cook

as Guard with Captain

as Video Operator

as Troop Leader

as Trooper

as Bearded Lady

as Waitress

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as Prison Guard

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as Dink #1

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Critic Reviews for Spaceballs

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7)

The crew flings itself energetically through space in search of laughs, but it will never penetrate the galaxy where Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein traced their giddy orbits.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The film's low-tech styling is roughly the cardboard inversion of the cinematic machines it parodies, and Brooks seems less inclined than usual to push the overkill urges too far.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mel Brooks will do anything for a laugh. Unfortunately, what he does in Spaceballs, a misguided parody of the Star Wars adventures, isn't very funny.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Typically, the best conceits end in pratfalls, and non-Brooks fans may find that the gravitational pull towards the thumpingly obvious outweighs the wit.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If it isn't likely to generate what Mr. Brooks himself refers to as 'Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money, neither is it anything less than gentle, harmless satire that occasionally has real bite.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The jokes about the more calculating aspects of George Lucas's franchise are particularly telling. Remember, the Schwartz will be with you always.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011

Audience Reviews for Spaceballs


Moments of real humor, but it relies to heavily on the cornball schtick.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


It's just great. The unique movie which you see John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks and John Hurt! A great Star Wars spoof.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Spaceballs is downright bad filmmaking, but it's OK because it's a parody, right? Well, it's certainly not as funny as the Mel Brooks classic range which includes films as witty and downright hilarious as "Blazing Saddles". Therefore, I sadly noticed the flaws with the direction, writing, acting and production values of this nostalgic parody following the eye rolling mishaps going on in a galaxy far far away. What really depresses me about Spaceballs is how desperate it is, there are many jokes in the film that are repeated supposedly because Brooks ran out of ideas. The talented comedian Rick Moranis plays a knock off of Darth Vader with an unnaturally enormous helmet, named Dark Helmet. The central gag with the parody of Vader is that he struggles to maneuver with the helmet on. Funny the first time, yes, funny any other time, not really. Also if this is parodying "Star Wars", why wasn't their much parody? I think it's down to the fact it just wishes to be a delightfully goofy slapstick comedy and nothing more, that just happens to have an all star cast and a massive budget. Which brings me to the most mind boggling aspect of watching this film, all the way through I thought to myself why the film looked so cheap. After all, it was made 10 years after the original "Star Wars" film, and also had 3 times the budget. Why the special effects were worse and the set designs more cardboard, i'll never know. Perhaps because the money went into the writing and convincing John Candy to get in a fur-suit. I personally find that hilarious, and especially the opening, but as a whole it could have been funnier, and should have been another Mel Brooks classic. I am sad to report that it isn't, but it's undeniably fun, if quite tiresome. Only by the inch of it's life does it carry just about enough material for a generic parody. However a cast this talented should have been able to pull off something a little better than this.

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