The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

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Sci-fi parodies like these usually struggle to work, but Buckaroo Banzai succeeds through total devotion to its own lunacy.

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Buckaroo Banzai is caught with his trusted allies, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, in a battle to the death between evil red aliens and good black aliens from Planet 10. Led by demonic dictator John Whorfin, who has taken over the body of Italian scientist Dr. Emilio Lizardo, the aliens try to get the Overthruster back from Buckaroo Banzai. But the good black aliens are willing to destroy Earth rather than let these renegades return to their planet.

Cast & Crew

Peter Weller
Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow
Doctor Emilio Lizardo, Lord John Whorfin
Ellen Barkin
Penny Priddy
Lewis Smith
Perfect Tommy
Rosalind Cash
John Emdall
Robert Ito
Professor Hikita
Pepe Serna
Reno Nevada
Ronald Lacey
President Widmark
Sidney Beckerman
Executive Producer
Dennis E. Jones
Associate Producer
Michael Boddicker
Original Music
Fred J. Koenekamp
Cinematographer
George Bowers
Film Editor
Richard Marks
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (13)

  • A state-of-the-art spaceship flying at the speed of light without narrative coordinates, Buckaroo Banzai is the very oddest good movie in many a full moon.

    August 20, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Richter's comic genre hybrid comes complete with its own mythology, and team of established superheroes, and is curiously appealing.

    August 16, 2007 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.

    June 5, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Buckaroo Banzai may well turn out to be a pilot film for other theatrical features, though this one would be hard to top for pure, nutty fun.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • The story is so incredibly bizarre - a mix of pulpy adventure, British-infused science-fiction zaniness, comic book character designs, dry humor, and awkward romance.

    August 31, 2020 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…
  • This is a chaotic, notably unfunny science-fiction spoof.

    January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

  • May 10, 2015
    crazy high concept film that died a horrible death at the box office thanks to some mishandling by the studio when it came to marketing. I really enjoyed the film and would've loved to have seen the sequel had the film done well enough. The cast is impressive and just how this film was made is really impressive. I had to hunt this film down and was extremely happy when the credits arrived, just watching that title credits alone is worth the watch. Peter Weller you have always been one of my favourite actors, criminally underrated.
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  • Sep 06, 2012
    Cult movies are called that because they appeal a small niche of viewers whose adoration borders on obsession. The <i>Buckaroo Banzai</i> cultists have to be among the most inscrutable; I have kept an open mind for brainwashing three times and have deflected each attempt, never managing to complete a single indoctrination. I haven't ruled out a fourth salvo yet though.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2012
    I hate to give anything a negative review that features the likes of Peter Weller and John Lithgow so prominently, but this film is kind of a disaster. I'm not opposed to camp, but it should actually be funny instead of just awkward.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2012
    Insane Dr. Lizado and his alien allies try to steal the secret of eighth dimensional travel from neurosurgeon/secret agent Buckaroo Banzai and his band of rock and roll scientists. It's pleasantly campy and crazy and features some great throwaway lines; the one problem is that star Peter Weller is far too reserved to play the larger-than-life Buckaroo. Jeff Goldblum is underutilized as a New Jersey cowboy sidekick; if the casting department had switched Weller and Glodblum's roles they could have made a masterpiece.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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