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Requiem for Buckaroo Banzai

I love a good movie but I tend to be especially enamored with the little known or low budget movies that are out there.

Of these, one of my all time favorites has to be Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension.

For those of you who are not familiar with this movie, it follows a story by Earl Mac Rauch about Buckaroo Banzai…  a Physicist, Brain Surgeon, Band Leader, etc… and his team as they try to defeat the Red Lectroids.

In all seriousness, this was not a great movie.  It did little in the theaters, at least those that would actually show it and even then, it did not stay in theaters very long.  In fact, I first saw this movie as a rental back in the mid 80s while at the birthday party of my Nephew.  Since that day I was hooked and at this time I have seen the movie more than 250 times.

In fact, I have seen this movie so many times that I have the entire script memorized and will usually recite the lines as they are happening.  My wife will not even watch the movie with me, I am so bad about it.

You know… there is something that is enjoyable about a movie like this.  Yes, it is a dumb movie.  Yes, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. No, it won no awards that I am aware of, please correct me if I am wrong.  By there is something about watching a movie whose only redeeming quality is the fantasy quotient that it provides, that ability to make the person watching is just have fun.

The other fun thing about a movie like this is inviting friends over and throwing that in the DVD player for them to see.

Watch out Russ…  ;-D

Samuel Wright
Writer / Father / Listener / Philosopher
I am a starving writer living in the backwater of California, in a place known mostly for Buck Owens and Valley Fever called Bakersfield.

This site is my release. A place for me to talk about things that annoy, please, or excite me.

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1 Comment

  1. Holly

    Buckaroo was definately one of the great ones. I haven't seen it on TV in ages. Keep the faith. There are loads of Buckaroos around

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