- Acting for Two: Mel Brooks himself, playing both Yogurt and President Skroob.
- Actor Allusion:
- Approval of God: Mel Brooks was worried about getting George Lucas's approval to make the movie. Lucas, however, was cool with it...on one condition: No (real world) merchandising.
- Billing Displacement: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, and Daphne Zuniga are credited in that order. Alphabetical, but that doesn't explain why the first three are the ones who appear on the original DVD cover and get Billed Above the Title even though the other two are the protagonists. The most probable reason for this is because this movie was only Bill Pullman's second film role, so he probably didn't make the cover because nobody would have ever heard of him in 1987. Later DVD and Blu-Ray covers (including one modeled after the original poster) do show Lone Starr and Vespa on the front.
- Directed by Cast Member: Mel Brooks as both Yoghurt and President Skroob.
- Image Source: This film provides the page image for:
- Throw It In
- The moment with Dark Helmet's dolls. Rick Moranis was handed the figures a few moments before the cameras rolled and told to do something funny.
- Rick Moranis also came up with the idea to deepen his voice James Earl Jones-style every time he closed his helmet.
- John Candy actually forgot to unbuckle his seatbelt, leading to the "Oh, that's going to leave a mark." joke being the actor's comment.
- Technology Marches On
- VHS? What is this VHS videotape you speak of?
- Instant cassettes. They're out before the movie is finished.
- Vindicated by Cable: Upon release, many reviews were middling (particularly as Star Wars had been dormant for a while - of course, this was before narrow parodies of recent films became the norm...), to the point the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards named it the worst movie of 1987 and the movie is named in our wiki as Mel Brooks' Creator Killer. On video and television, it managed to achieve Cult Classic status and is well-regarded among Brooks' work.
- What Could Have Been: The original idea is the entire movie would just be the ship keep going and going. But studio executives said no.
- You Look Familiar: Mel Brooks plays both President Skroob and Yogurt.
- Lone Starr's Eagle 5 spaceship is a 1986 Winnebago Chieftain 33.
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