The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
You Can't See Them...But They Can See You.
( Adventure / Comedy / Sci-Fi )

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Poster

MPAA Rating:

US Runtime: 103 min

Premiere Date:
Aug 15, 1984   [USA]
Director: W.D. Richter
Writer: Earl Mac Rauch
Producers: Sidney Beckerman   [Executive Producer]
Neil Canton   [Producer]
W.D. Richter   [Producer]
Dennis E. Jones   [Associate Producer]
Music by Michael Boddicker
Cinematography: Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by: George Bowers
Richard Marks
Production Company: Sherwood


Peter Weller
Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow
Lord John Whorfin
Ellen Barkin
Penny Priddy
Jeff Goldblum
New Jersey
Lewis Smith
Perfect Tommy
Rosalind Cash
John Emdall
Robert Ito
Professor Hikita
Pepe Serna
Reno Nevada
Matt Clark
Secretary of Defense McKinley
Clancy Brown
William Traylor
General Catburd
Carl Lumbly
John Parker
Vincent Schiavelli
John O'Connor
Dan Hedaya
John Gomez
Mariclare Costello
Senator Cunningham
Bill Henderson
Casper Lindley
Damon Hines
Scooter Lindley
Billy Vera
Pinky Carruthers
Laura Harrington
Mrs. Eunice Johnson
Michael Santoro
Billy Travers
Jonathan Banks
Jack the Orderly
Robert Gray
Radar Blazer
Gary Bisig
Radar Blazer
Kent Perkins
Mission Control
John Ashton
Highway Patrolman
Kenneth Magee
Duck Hunter Burt
James Keane
Duck Hunter Bubba
Yakov Smirnoff
National Security Advisor
Leonard Gaines
Artie Duncan
Francine Lembi
TV Anchorwoman
John Walter Davis
Star Surgeon
James Rosin
John Ya Ya
Raye Birk
Jane Marla Robbins
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
John Ganty
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson
Black Lectroid Commander
Radford Polinsky
Marine Lt.
Sam Minsky
Kolodny Brother
Robert Hummer
Kolodny Brother
James Saito
Masado Banzai (scenes deleted)
Jamie Lee Curtis
Sandra Banzai (scenes deleted)
Michele Hess
Matthew Mires
Young Buckaroo (uncredited)
Greg Mires
Young Buckaroo (uncredited)


James Belohovek
animator: VCE
Steve Burg
animator: VCE
Billy Clevenger
second assistant camera
Wayne Fitzgerald
title designer
Dave Friedman
still photographer
Rick Heinrichs
stop motion animator: Greenlite
Gary Hellerstein
transportation coordinator
Steve Hellerstein
transportation captain
Linda Henrikson
Bones Howe
music supervisor
Jane Schwartz Jaffe
first assistant editor
Gregory Jein
minatures: Greenlite
Peter Kuran
effects supervisor: VCE
Robin Dean Leyden
electronics designer
Bruce McBroom
still photographer
Edward Morey III
camera operator
John Murray
key grip
Michael G. Nathanson
executive in charge of production
Sal Orefice
H. Bud Otto
script supervisor
Radford Polinsky
Tony Rivetti
first assistant camera
R.J. Robertson
animator: VCE
Judi Rosner
production coordinator
Dan Roth
adr voice
John Scheele
effects supervisor: Greenlite
Rick Taylor
animator: VCE
Robert Wilcox
video engineering consultant

Special Effects:

Dream Quest Images
motion control photography and matte paintings
Dreamstate Effects
Greenlite Inc.
8th dimension sequence
The Burman Studio Inc.
special make-up design
Visual Concept Engineering (VCE)
animated visual effects

Miscellaneous Companies:

Bodifications, Inc.
special synthesized sound effects
Compact Sound Services
re-recording services
Modern Film Effects
Thrust Racing
jet car manufacturer
Zeiderman, Oberman & Associates, Inc.
production accounting

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

Color Info:
Color (Metrocolor)
Cinematographic Process:
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track / the double-d symbol Dolby
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm


  • [intro to a flashback]
    Television voice: Nineteen thirty-eight! Can you imagine what it must have been like then... then... then...
  • Lord John Whorfin: May I pass along my congratulations for your great interdimensional breakthrough. I am sure, in the miserable annals of the Earth, you will be duly enshrined.
  • Rawhide: Dr. Banzai is using a laser to vaporize a pineal tumor without damaging the parthogenital plate. A subcutaneous microphone will allow the patient to transmit verbal instructions to his own brain.
    Observer: Like, "raise my left arm"?
    Rawhide: Or "throw the harpoon." People are gonna come from all over. This boy's an Eskimo.
  • Perfect Tommy: Pictures don't lie.
    Reno: The hell they don't. I met my first wife that way.
  • Lord John Whorfin: Where are we going?
    Red Lectroids: Planet Ten!
    Lord John Whorfin: When?
    Red Lectroids: Real soon!


  • Many names and terms were taken from Thomas Pynchon's book "The Crying of Lot 49".
  • The latitude and longitude recited by the technicians during the "alignment" of the Oscillation Overthruster are the coordinates of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • When it came time to film the end titles sequence, where Buckaroo and pals are walking around a dry LA aqueduct in step to the music, the music wasn't ready. Composer Michael Boddicker told the film crew to use "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel as a placeholder because it was the exact same tempo. Those scenes were filmed with "Uptown Girl" blaring from a boom box tied to the back of the camera truck.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis played Buckaroo's mother in a flashback, but this scene was cut.
  • The "oscillation overthruster" device reappeared as a "spectral analyzer" in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Pen Pals."

DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)

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