The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Year: 1984

Production: Sherwood Production

Director: W.D. Richter

Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd

Screenwriter: Earl Mac Rauch

102 minutes; Color

The crazed but incoherent tale of rock-musician-neurosurgeon-particle-physicist Banzai (Weller), a kind of imaginary 1930s pulp hero with a distinctly 1980s ambience. In this episode Banzai defeats an alien invasion which began in 1938 (as described by Orson Welles, who pretended it was a fiction) led by frantically overacting John Lithgow. The film is ill directed and badly photographed, and appears to have been made by underground junk intellectuals who accidentally stumbled over a fairly big budget. Repo Man, from the same year, is a wittier and better organized example of what might be called designer cult movies.

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