PG | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.
President Widmark is clearly intended to look and sound like Orson Welles, who directed and starred in the radio presentation of "War of the Worlds" referenced in the film.
You're like Jerry Lewis, you give me hope to carry on, then you leave me in the lurch while you strap on your six-guns...
A running gag has Buckaroo shocking whoever he touches after he is charged by the Lectroids. When he first touches Penny in the Pitt there is no shock.
The credits end with the announcement of the upcoming sequel "Buckaroo Banzai Versus The World Crime League". As of 2007, that film has yet to be made, pending approval from the film's current rights holders, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
One TV version features some voice-over narration at the beginning to set up the story, and shortens the end credits by several minutes. (This also leaves out the reference to any upcoming sequel in the end credits)
$620,279 12 August 1984