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Spaceballs (1987)



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The evil leaders of Planet Spaceball, having foolishly squandered their precious atmosphere, devise a secret plan to take every breath of air away from their peace-loving neighbour, Planet Druidia. They send the evil Dark Helmet to kidnap Princess Vespa on the day of her wedding, in the hope of holding Druidia to ransom. But the princess skips town and joins forces with a mercenary named Lone Starr and his sidekick, Barf.more
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


Mel Brooks
as President Skroob/Yog...
Rick Moranis
as Dark Helmet
Daphne Zuniga
as Princess Vespa
Bill Pullman
as Lone Starr
Joan Rivers
as Dot Matrix
Dick Van Patten
as King Roland
George Wyner
as Colonel Sandurz
Michael Winslow
as Radar Technician
Lorene Yarnell
as Dot Matrix
John Hurt
as John Hurt
Sal Viscuso
as Radio Operator
as Minister
Leslie Bevis
as Commanderette Zircon
Jim J. Bullock
as Prince Valium
Jim Jackman
as Major A.
Michael Pniewski
as Laser Gunner
Sandy Helberg
as Dr. Schlotkin
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Captain of the Guard
Henry Kaiser
as Magnetic Beam Operat...
Denise Gallup
as Charlene
Tom Dreeson
as Megamaid Guard
Dian Gallup
as Marlene
Rhonda Shear
as Woman in Diner
Robert Prescott
as Sand Cruiser Driver
Jack Riley
as TV Newsman
Tom Dreesen
as Megamaid Guard
Ken Olfson
as Head Usher
Bryan O'Byrne
as Organist
Ira Miller
as Short Order Cook
Earl Finn
as Guard with Captain
Mitchell Bock
as Video Operator
Tommy Swerdlow
as Troop Leader
Tim Russ
as Trooper
Deanna Booher
as Bearded Lady
Gail Barle
as Waitress
Dey Young
as Waitress
Tony Griffin
as Prison Guard
Rick Ducommun
as Prison Guard
Ed Gale
as Dink
Dom DeLuise
as Pizza the Hutt
Henry Kaiser
as Magnetic Beam Operat...
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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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Spaceballs Quotes

Princess Vespa: What's happening?
Dot Matrix: It's either the 4th of July or someone is trying to kill us!
– Submitted by Jimmy G (6 months ago)
Col. Sandurz: Lord Helmet!
Lord Dark Helmet: What?
Col. Sandurz: We need you sir!
Lord Dark Helmet: Knock on my door next time!
Col. Sandurz: Yes sir!
Lord Dark Helmet: Did you see anything?
Col. Sandurz: No sir, I didn't see you playing with your dolls again!
Lord Dark Helmet: Good!
– Submitted by Hunter H (3 years ago)
Lord Dark Helmet: Keep firing, assholes!
– Submitted by Jarryd R (3 years ago)
Lord Dark Helmet: [just as Spaceball One goes into Ludicrous Speed mode] WHAT HAVE I DONE? MY BRAINS... ARE GOING INTO MY FEET!
– Submitted by David E (3 years ago)

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