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I’d recently told my blogging friend Mikey over at Wolfmans Cult Film Club that, being a fan of science fiction, he might get a kick out of the The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, a sci-fi/comedy/adventure released in 1984 that, at the time, went nowhere, but which now has a fervent cult following. I’ve already seen it a bazillion times, but chatting with him about it got me interested in watching it yet again this past week (which I did, twice in one night!), and when he posted an enthusiastic review a few days ago, I was thrilled that someone else had become fan, and that in some way I’d help recruit him into this select group of followers. I suddenly wanted to post something Banzai as well, and wanted to convey to those uninitiated just how much fun it really is.
And what better way to do that than with another ‘Fun with…’ entry, where everyone involved in making the film—from the director, screenwriter, and actors down to the set decorators and prop department—truly had a great time doing so. So, if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Blue Blaze Irregular or just an everyday monkey boy, join me now as I have some fun with one of my favorite comedies, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.
“Damn John Whorfin and the horse he rode in on!”
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa – Christopher Lloyd, as John Bigbooté
Watching ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai’ from beginning to end is like coming into the
middle chapters of some hilariously overplotted, spaced-out 1930’s adventure serial,
neither the beginning nor the end of which ever comes into sight. At its best,
which it frequently is, it’s a lunatic ball, an extremely genial, witty example of what is
becoming a movie genre all its own. That is, the science-fiction farce…
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx– Vincent Canby, The New York Times, 1984
“We were laughing ourselves silly ALL THE TIME…”
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx– John Lithgow
“‘Buckaroo Banzai’ was one of my total favorites. I think that movie was way
ahead of its time, and it should have been a movie that had three sequels.
If you watch that movie now, it’s just brilliant.”
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa – Ellen Barkin
The most important thing I did in Hollywood was make ‘Buckaroo Banzai’, and the fact that
it’s excited so many generations of people, well, that’s what art should be doing all the time.
If you like ‘Buckaroo Banzai’, I suspect you’re gonna do good things, because it’s
a good-hearted movie and it advocates cooperation, fearless exploration, crazy possibilities,
and has a strange sense of humor about the way this planet works. We might as well
be able to laugh at it as well as take it seriously.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa– W.D. Richter, director