Perfect Tommy: Emilio Lizardo. Wasn't he on TV once? Buckaroo Banzai: You're thinking of Mr. Wizard. Reno: Emilio Lizardo is a top scientist, dumbkopf. Perfect Tommy: So was Mr. Wizard.
John Bigboote: Let's go back up to my office and talk about this like two reasonable beings.
Orderly: Who are you today, Doc? Einstein? Lord John Whorfin: Lord John Worfin. If there's one thing I hate, it's to be mistaken for somebody else.
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.
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".
Jamie Lee Curtis played Buckaroo's mother in a flashback, but this scene was cut.
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.
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.
DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)
Edition: MGM Special Edition
Description: Multiple hidden features
a. If you select the middle Jet Car image on the first menu screen, you will be able to scroll through a selection of quotes from Doctor Banzai.
b. If you select the yellow circle in the top left corner of the first menu screen, you will be able to scroll through 36 alternate DVD menu designs.
c. If you select the Banzai Institute logo on the Banzai Institute Archive Menu screen, you will be able to scroll through two alternate DVD cover designs.
d. If you select the watermelon image on the first Deleted Scenes Menu screen, you will be taken to an article called "Food from the Skies?" which discusses why the Banzai Institute was putting watermelons in high guages.
e. If you select the BB logo on the second screen of the "Food from the Skies?" article, you will be taken to a video clip of W.D. Richter called "Why?" where he discusses watermelons and shows a recipe for Chicken in a Watermelon.