Trivia / The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

  • All-Star Cast: While the film seems like it has this in hindsight, at the time none of the main actors were really considered stars. Peter Weller (Robocop) and Ellen Barkin (The Big Easy) were still years away from their breakthrough roles, while John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Goldblum were just thought of as familiar character actors, before they started having big hits as headliners.
  • Big Name Fan
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget $17 million. Box office, $6.3 million. Despite a stellar cast, this oddball film failed in theaters, not helped by competition from Ghostbusters (1984), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. It would later become a Cult Classic on home video however.
  • The Cast Showoff: Peter Weller is an accomplished musician, having studied jazz trumpet at the University of North Texas.
  • Deleted Scene: A bunch, many of them containing a running gag about Buckaroo's life long arch enemy Hanoi Xan, the evil leader of the World Crime League who was responsible for the murders of Buckaroo's parents and first wife, Peggy. Penny even mistakes Lord John Whorfin for Hanoi Xan, which leaves him baffled and even asking out loud "Who's that?"
  • DVD Commentary: Done in character by Earl Mac Rauch as Reno Nevada, who explains how the events in the movie differ from the actual events as they occurred to Buckaroo and company.
  • Executive Meddling: One reason given for the unexplained presence of a watermelon in Buckaroo's lab : Put in so the makers of the film could see whether or not the meddling executives had given up yelling at them as of that point in the production. Yes, seriously.
  • Fan Fic: In the mid-90's, author Ernest Cline wrote a script for the sequel tagged at the end of the film, Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League, that was well-received in many Banzai fan circles.
    • BattleTech had a "Team Banzai" mercenary unit that was basically Buckaroo Banzai with the serial numbers scratched (not even fully filed off), including the watermelon.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The sequel was allegedly blocked by the rights holder for fear that the associated paperwork might uncover his creative bookkeeping.
    • The film's box office woes didn't help either.
  • Stillborn Franchise: A continuation of the Banzai character has been teased a few times, but has never came to pass:
  • Throw It In!: John Bigbooté flipping off Lizardo was an improvisation by Christopher Lloyd.
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