Just for fun: Buckaroo Banzai

Here’s a little something for my fellow geeks out there: The end credits of the 1984 film “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.”

The movie, starring Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum and Ellen Barkin, came out in the summer of 1984 and was met with a collective “Huh?”

The story of Buckaroo, a surgeon/musician/adventurer, and his posse was a throwback to pulp stories featuring superheroes like Doc Savage.

But the movie left a lot of people cold. It did play like a long inside joke, admittedly, but it was an inside joke that I appreciated.

I saw this at the (now gone) Northwest Plaza Cinema in Muncie. It was the summer of “Ghostbusters,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Star Trek III” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and Buckaroo and the Hong Kong Cavaliers got lost at the box office.

Overlooked as it was, there’s been talk of a sequel and of  a TV series, and Buckaroo’s HQ, the Banzai Institute, has a Facebook page.

And the legend lives on in the film’s cult status.


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