Movies To See Before You Die: “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!”

Charles Does

Charles is a fanatical film geek known for his horror knowledge and an unhealthy obsession with Back to the Future. Currently living in Dallas, TX he has worked with Texas Frightmare Weekend for many years. He is a fan of all music genres - especially film scores and has an avid love for travel. He incorporates his love for film into his travels by visiting as many film locations as possible. Charles can be found on Flickchart as Headshot68 or over at Twitter and Facebook.

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63 Responses

  1. Nigel Druitt says:

    This was a movie I didn’t finish. I got at least a third of the way through, got interrupted…and never went back. Didn’t hook me at all.

  2. Tom Andersen Tom Andersen says:

    Now THAT’s a weird one! :)

  3. James Tanner James Tanner says:

    I loved this movie. Very Nostalgic.

  4. Stankshadow says:

    The deuce you say! I want a U.S. Bluray damn it. Criterion should do it.

  5. “Go, Big-booty. Use more honey. Find out what she knows!”

  6. Albacore66 says:

    No matter where you go, there you are.

  7. 30+ years later, and I’m still waiting for *Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World League*…

  8. Still waiting for the sequel.

  9. New Jersey: “What’s that watermelon doing there?”

    Reno: “I’ll tell you later.”

  10. Charles Does says:

    I think a sequel would be awesome but I don’t know if they could recapture what was done here. W.D. Richter has been long gone from Hollywood but if Peter Weller came back as a much older Buckaroo that could be fun.

  11. drsjsmith says:

    Is, ahh… is somebody… is somebody crying? Out there in the darkness… somebody crying?

    • I tried this one out at a show once. I got a thumbs up from one guy in the crowd. It may have been cooler if there were more than 6 people there watching us.

  12. JKJ420 says:

    Oh my god! I’m going to die???


  14. Markdelnort says:

    I’m looking forward to the ‘Movies to see after you die’ article

  15. I often use the phrase, “Laugh while you can, monkey-boy.”

  16. [Greatest flip-off I’ve ever seen in a movie.](

  17. phathiker says:

    I love the end credits of that movie.

  18. IndianaJwns says:

    I watched it years ago when it was on Netflix – I don’t remember much, but I did turn it off after 15 minutes. I remember the zaniness felt incredibly forced, and it came across as just weird instead of funny to me.

    I should give it another try because I usually enjoy these types of films, but I still can’t get over that first impression.

  19. luxienai says:

    Is there some Doctor Who influence here?

  20. zoethebitch says:

    “Buckaroo, you forgot your thruster.” “You hold onto it for me.”

    “Are we in the 8th Dimension?” “No, we’re in New Jersey.”

    “It drives just like a truck.” “OK, what is a truck?”

  21. pbtoad says:

    I found Ellen Barkin to be incredibly sexy in that movie.

  22. Container1 says:

    Best finale/credit sequence ever.

  23. Hell to the yes bigbootay!

  24. SuikodenVI says:

    This is my all time #1 favorite movie!

  25. A fantastic movie that begs for a sequel.

  26. Mc_Sqweebs says:

    Did we kill the website?

  27. GibsonES330 says:

    Well, large numbers of us in our 30’s and 40’s saw this movie in the 1980’s, so I guess we can all die now.

  28. I actually have the one sheet poster for this by Drew Struzan. I got it as a Bday present from my perfect wife! Still, I long to get a hold of my stepdad’s BB patch collection. C’mon everyone let’s whistle that ending theme together!

  29. Nethetron says:

    Still waiting for the double tie and belt to be in fashion…

  30. Millers_Tale says:

    “It’s….your hand, Buckaroo.”

  31. diamened says:

    And we’re still waiting for the ‘Against the World Crime League’ sequel…

    And I still think Buckaroo would be so perfet for a TV series. One can dream.

  32. eqgmrdbz says:

    I finally got to see this a while back, not sure if i saw it when i was younger, but it did seem familiar in some parts. Anyways is it worth a look, only if you want to say you saw it, it is not a work of art, it is batshit crazy tho.

  33. Great flick and great writeup! I can’t wait to watch this one again. It’s been too long.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Home is where you wear your hat

  35. Anonymous says:

    Laugh while you can monkey boy