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Rated PG
Copyright 1984 Sherwood Productions
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Buckaroo Banzai - Peter Weller! Brilliant particle physist and neurosurgeon, he is also a martial arts master and plays in a band.
  • Lord John Whorfin - John Lithgow! Evil leader of the "Red Lectroids." Buckaroo vaporizes him.
  • Penny Priddy - Ellen Barkin! The lost twin sister of Buckaroo's deceased wife.
  • New Jersey - Jeff Goldblum! A cowboy at heart, this neurosurgeon partner of Buckaroo is joining The Hong Kong Cavaliers.
  • John Bigboote (Bigbooty! Hehehehe!) - Christopher Lloyd! Red Lectroid from planet 10, shot by Lord Whorfin for talking back.
  • Rawhide - Clancy Brown! (He played Kurgan in "Highlander.") Member of The Hong Kong Cavaliers, poisoned by a Red Lectroid.
  • Perfect Tommy and Reno - Two of The Hong Kong Cavaliers. Tommy has some serious bleached hair.
  • John Parker - Black Lectroid, sent to help Buckaroo save Earth before his people are forced to destroy it.
  • John O'Conner - Vincent Schiavelli! (He's been in lots of stuff, the teacher in "Better Off Dead" and the subway ghost in "Ghost.") A Red Lectroid. Vaporized.

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The Plot: 

This movie has more famous people in it than most blockbuster films! Look at them all! Just look at them! What we have here my friends is a seriously out in left field piece of work. Buckaroo Banzai and his partners have just perfected the "Oscillation Overthruster" and it allows them to travel into the 8th dimension. Why did we miss all the ones between? I dunno! How can a 3rd dimension being interact on the 8th? I dunno! Lord Whorfin is trapped on Earth with a select group of followers, he wants to steal the overthruster and free all the Red Lectroids from exile in the 8th dimension. Then they will return to their home on the 10th planet and defeat the Black Lectroids! Black Lectroids are the good aliens by the way, they're also all Jamaican oddly enough. Need a romance in here somewhere so Buckaroo runs into Penny while performing at a club, she's the lost twin sister of the woman he loved. (She died, we don't really know how.) Well, the Black Lectroids can't let Lord Whorfin escape Earth, they are fully prepared to precipitate a nuclear war if necessary. They do have the courtesy to shock (literally) Buckaroo so he can see the alien's true forms. With his elite band of six shooting scientists, The Hong Kong Cavaliers, Dr. Banzai is able to defeat Whorfin and save Earth. Do you get the idea? What more do you need? Okay, how about Christopher Lloyd running around and everyone calling him "John Bigbooty?" Or Jeff Goldblume as New Jersey, decked out like a cowboy - he even has black and white spotted luggage. Gateway 2000 luggage! Watch the film two or three times, the plot is there...

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Neurosurgeons shouldn't tug on things they don't recognize.
  • Rocket powered pickup trucks don't look right.
  • The 8th dimension looks a good deal like what you might see through an electron microscope.
  • New Brunswick, Maine is a tough town.
  • Aliens with bird like ships should stay well clear of Earth during duck season. Especially you, yeah you, darn Romulans.
  • Alien Lectroids have nads.
  • Hologram viewing glasses are made out of bubble wrap.
  • Girls: Never try to get intimate with some guy carrying a electric charge.
  • Bacteria can affect people via television.
  • Good aliens appear to hail from Jamaica.
  • Four star generals should not use the phrase, "I'm barely holding my fudge."
  • Alien thermal pods carry parachutes.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 7 mins - This is some serious high tech stuff!
  • 10 mins - Buckaroo is driving through a mountain?
  • 13 mins - John Lithgow is applying electric current to his tongue!
  • 23 mins - If Peter Weller was bawling out a song to me I'd do the same thing.
  • 32 mins - Somebody shut Penny up, damn blonde...
  • 48 mins - That little asian guy looks funny riding a Harley.
  • 50 mins - Awful lot of folks named John.
  • 53 mins - What the heck did the alien kill him with? Spit?
  • 60 mins - Yeah, why is there a watermelon there?
  • 78 mins - These guards don't notice a double decker bus?
  • 85 mins - Now that is a mad looking slug, um thing.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note buckaroo1.wav Buckaroo: "No,no,no,no. Don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to."
Green Music Note buckaroo2.wav Lord Whorfin: "Laugh while you can, monkey boy!"
Green Music Note buckaroo3.wav Lord Whorfin: "I wanna make a call to Mr. John Bigbooty at YoYodine Propulsion Systems."
Green Music Note buckaroo4.wav John Parker: "Wait a minute, I need see Buckaroo Banzai in person. My name is John Parker."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipbuckaroo1.mpg - 2.5m
Just a moment ago Vincent Schiavelli and Christopher Lloyd were sitting there, but now Buckaroo can recognize them as aliens from the 8th dimension! Lost? That's a normal reaction for people watching this the first time.

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Reply #9. Posted on January 24, 2000, 03:22:56 PM by Paul H.
This movie has so much potential with a good cast, good acting, good story.  And it partially works.

However, I am always left thinking that somehow it should be better.  I don't enjoy it as much as a should.  I think it plays the lines better a real sci-fi movie and camp to closely.  Plus it can get a little slow.

However it is still among the leaders of bad movies I give it a 6 out of 10 (3 green globs)  To bad it doesn't know its a bad movie.  

Big Trouble in Little China makes a similar attempt at mixing camp and a real action movie and works much better.
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Reply #10. Posted on January 31, 2000, 10:56:58 PM by NakedMoleRat7
I personally love the movie along with he rest of my family.  Even though it was lacking in quite a few areas, it will definitely stay near the top of my list of favorite movies.  It's choc-full of cooky fun.
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Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Spectre
Quite possibly one of the most hilarious B-movies I have ever seen.  I was actually coerced into watching it (thanks a lot guys, you know who you are).  I thought it was going to be so horrid that I would go catatonic, but I was laughing almost the entire time.  The funniest part for me was when John Lithgow's character said the name "Bigboote."  Especially with that accent.  Every time he said that name I just cracked up (a couple of times I was actually crying I was laughing so hard, but then again, I am just kinda giddy all the time).  Also, the Jamaican aliens were extremely funny.  I would definitely recommend this movie, especially to a novice not ready for the worst of the worst.  Oh, and don't forget Perfect Tommy, he is pretty good too.
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Reply #12. Posted on May 04, 2000, 01:42:33 PM by
Peter Weller would have made a better batman than any of the past three wimps, comedians, and pretty boys.
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Reply #13. Posted on May 07, 2000, 10:29:36 PM by
I own the movie and I think it is one of the best movies i've ever seen and ever bought and would love to see a sequel or even a series!
Let's start a campaign to get a Buckaroo Series on TV! YEAH!!!!
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Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Georgiann
What an amazing cast! -- which is why I saw it, primarily for Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd and John Lithgow.  And what a...strange...far-out movie.  I think I need to see it a few more times, 'cause frankly I still don't understand it!
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Reply #15. Posted on August 10, 2000, 01:44:27 PM by Chazilla
The single most disappointing thing about this movie was that the sequel never got made, perhaps that was a joke as well.  Still this is a truly great movie, it has everything, including one of coolest end title credit sequences I have ever seen.  Soundtrack album out there?  Anyone?  Anyone?
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Reply #16. Posted on September 01, 2000, 01:52:04 PM by Julius
Thank God they didn't dig in deeper "dimensions"... the 14th, the 83th... or maybe the 106th, gee! that's a scary one!
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