THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI: ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION (Movie)

8/10/1984, Friday. 103 minutes. Rated PG.
20th Century Fox.
Science fiction/Comedy.
Code: ABB 8/1984

PLOT

A world class neurosurgeon/jet car designer-driver/particle physicist/East Jersey bar band singer-musician and his Hong Kong Cavaliers must save the world.

CREDITS

Writer: Earl MacRauch.
Director: W. D. Richter.

CAST

Peter Weller as Buckaroo Banzai
John Lithgow as Dr. Emilio Lizardo/Lord John Whorfin
Ellen Barkin as Penny Priddy
Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Sidney Zweibel aka: New Jersey
Christopher Lloyd as John Bigboote
Lewis Smith as Perfect Tommy
Vincent Schiavelli as John O’Connor
Dan Hedaya as John Gomez
Billy Vera as Pinky Carruthers
Jonathan Banks as Lizardo's asylum attendant. Listed 24th of 44

CHARACTER

He’s sarcastic and laughs at Lizardo's plans. (Lizardo’s line "Laugh while you can, monkey boy!" is directed at JB.) On night duty, he smokes and watches TV with feet on desk to pass the time.

COMMENTS

Highly recommended, great fun all around.

COSTUME

White uniform with name tag and a bow tie. Later he has a red and white baseball cap with gothic Z. (Which team?)

CRITICS

"Whew! At last, a hero for the rest of us. Diabolically good satire... a contemporary comedy... densely packed... staggering." Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, 8/10/1984, sec.VI, p.1.

"Quirky comedy." Variety, 8/8/1984.

Also New York Times, 10/5/1984, sec.III, p.8.

DEATH SCENE

Lizardo breaks the attendant’s neck while escaping the asylum. He slides down wall and sprawls on the floor when killed.

LINES

"Hello, Doc. Who are we today, Albert Einstein?"

"Well, cheer up, Lizardo, it's Friday. Another care package from your yo-yo friends."

"Beats me how an old homicidal loony can use that much power."

"Where you think you're going, Doc? The moon?" (Planet 10.) "Planet 10. Why, pray tell?"

SCREEN TIME

Just over 1 minute, in 2 scenes.

WORKED WITH

Dan Hedaya (RTM 4/1982; BP 4/1993)
Vincent Schiavelli (OTW 1/1985 episode 5; HMB 2/1985; FJ 1/1992)
Billy Vera (WG 9/1987 episode 7)