Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The 8th Dimension (a science fiction movie retrospective).

The wonderful and wacky film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension from 1984 is discussed in this article by our damn fine reviewer Stam Fine.

The film was directed by WD Richter. Buckaroo Banzai is a character portrayed by Peter Weller, who similarly has the desire to go across mountainous areas. Along with Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, and Christopher Lloyd, it features Peter Weller in the title character role.

The protagonist of the movie, Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a scientist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock star, battles a group of extraterrestrials from Planet 10 known as the Red Lectroids in order to rescue the Earth. The movie combines aspects of the science fiction and action-adventure film genres, as well as humour and romance. In addition to this, he comes face to face with the previously unknown twin sister of his late wife, and he is tasked with foiling a conspiracy hatched by Dr. Lizardo which has something to do with overthrusters (maybe).

The story doesn’t have much of a narrative, but what really matters is how awesome it is.

Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The 8th Dimension
Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The 8th Dimension


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

One thought on “Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The 8th Dimension (a science fiction movie retrospective).

  • I adored this movie as soon as I saw a trailer of it at a science fiction convention in Baltimore, approximately 1984. We all walked into a darkened ballroom, were given red and black strips of cloth with the words Buckaroo Bonzai, which turned out to be headbands, and sat down with so many others, all buzzing with excitement. All of us were anticipating something, but it was my first sci fi convention and I was trying to take in everything at once. A man came up to the podium and introduced the trailer and I started a love affair with this movie that has lasted to this day. It checked all the boxes for a highly intelligent, entertainingly fun story that introduced me to all of the stars I still adore. It seems like the 70s and 80s brought out the best in scifi and rock and were still watch remakes of the originals to this day but …this is one movie no one has attempted and I don’t think they will ever try. It’s just too damned good, period.


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