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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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MGM

Cast

Mel Brooks
as President Skroob/Yogurt
Rick Moranis
as Dark Helmet
Daphne Zuniga
as Princess Vespa
Bill Pullman
as Lone Starr
John Candy
as Barf
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
RONNY GRAHAM
as Minister
Jim J. Bullock
as Prince Valium
Leslie Bevis
as Commanderette Zircon
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 Operator
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
Rudy De Luca
as Vinnie
Ken Olfson
as Head Usher
Bryan O'Byrne
as Organist
Jonathan Wayne Wilson
as Trucker in Cap
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
Tony Cox
as Dink
Arturo Gil
as Dink
Dom DeLuise
as Pizza the Hutt
Henry Kaiser
as Magnetic Beam Operator
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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
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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
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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 25, 2009
Variety
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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 23, 2006
Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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The jokes in the films are all pretty much in the same vein -- you might call it borsch-belt postmodern -- and they're all on about the same level, too.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Spaceballs

½

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

Christian C
Christian C

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½

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

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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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