The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai plays more like an experimental film than a Hollywood production aimed at a mass audience. It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.

With:
Peter Weller John Lithgow Ellen Barkin Jeff Goldblum Christopher Lloyd Rosalind Cash

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai plays more like an experimental film than a Hollywood production aimed at a mass audience. It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.

First-time director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch have created a comic book world chock full of references, images, pseudo scientific ideas and plain mumbo jumbo.

Buried within all this Banzai trivia is an indecipherable plot involving a modern band of Robin Hoods who go to battle with enemy aliens released accidentally from the eighth dimension as a result of Buckaroo’s experiments with particle physics .

Buckaroo is a world-class neurosurgeon, physicist, race car driver and, with his band of merry pranksters, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, a rock’n’roll star.

As the great one (Buckaroo), Peter Weller presents a moving target that is tough to hit. Also very funny is Jeff Goldblum, coming as if from another dimension as every mother’s Jewish son. Ellen Barkin does a turn as Buckaroo’s mysterious girlfriend and looks great but is another emotionless character.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Production: Sherwood. Director W.D. Richter; Producer Neil Canton, W.D. Richter; Writer Earl Mac Rauch; Camera Fred J. Koenekamp Editor Richard Marks, George Bowers; Music Michael Boddicker Art J. Michael Riva

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: Peter Weller John Lithgow Ellen Barkin Jeff Goldblum Christopher Lloyd Rosalind Cash

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