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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:
PG

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
 


Cast:

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
Rawhide
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
Reporter
Jane Marla Robbins
Reporter
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
(uncredited)
Matthew Mires
Young Buckaroo (uncredited)
Greg Mires
Young Buckaroo (uncredited)
 
 

Crew:

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
costumer
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
gaffer
H. Bud Otto
script supervisor
Radford Polinsky
costumer
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
opticals
 
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:
Panavision
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

Quotes:

  • Scooter Lindley: Dad! Dad! Buckaroo's in trouble!
    Casper Lindley: Say what?
     
  • Buckaroo Banzai: You can check your anatomy all you want, and even though there may be normal variation, when it comes right down to it, this far inside the head it all looks the same. No, no, no, don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to.
     
  • [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.
     

Trivia:

  • Peter Weller is really playing the guitar in the nightclub scene.
     
  • Many names and terms were taken from Thomas Pynchon's book "The Crying of Lot 49".
     
  • W.D. Richter wrote a screenplay for a sequel to this film. The never produced "Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League" was eventually re-tooled into Big Trouble in Little China.
     
  • Overall concept and several names appear to be taken from the Doc Savage pulp magazines of the 30's and 40's: both main characters are multi-talented surgeons, adventurers, and musicians; and both have an inner circle of sidekicks with nicknames (Renny, Ham, Monk, Long Tom, and Johnny, compared to Reno, New Jersey, Perfect Tommy, and Rawhide).
     
  • Jamie Lee Curtis played Buckaroo's mother in a flashback, but this scene was cut.
     

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


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