The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
MGM/UA (1984)
Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction
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IMDB   6.4
103 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG (Parental Guidance)
Peter Weller Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow Lord John Whorfin/Dr. Emilio Lizardo
Ellen Barkin Penny Priddy
Jeff Goldblum New Jersey
Christopher Lloyd John Bigboote
Lewis Smith Perfect Tommy
Rosalind Cash John Emdall
Robert Ito Professor Hikita
Pepe Serna Reno Nevada
Ronald Lacey President Widmark
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
John Ashton
Jonathan Banks
Raye Birk
W.D. Richter
Michael Arick
Producer Neil Canton
W.D. Richter
Sidney Beckerman
Writer Earl Mac Rauch
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Musician Michael Boddicker

Peter Weller plays that Renaissance Man, Buckaroo Banzai, a neurosurgeon, car racer, rock singer, and alien chaser in this overdone sci-fi adventure from 1984. After crashing his nuclear-fueled race car and causing a disturbance in the eighth dimension, Banzai releases some extremely unappealing aliens into our atmosphere. First-time director W.D. Richter (Late for Dinner) pulls out all the stops, resulting in a manic dash that is often incoherent. The intent may have been to re-create old-time serials with a pulp-fiction bent, but the screenplay, full of macho dialogue and cool poses, tries too hard. We could have done with a less complicated story and more character development. Still, consider this flawed fun, because it may be silly, but it is also clever. Originally released as The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. -- Rochelle O'Gorman
Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Chapters 16
Release Date 1/1/2002
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Theatrical Widescreen (2.35:1)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned); French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital Mono [French]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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