“Remember: no matter where you go, there you are."
As someone once said, cult films aren’t born, they’re chosen. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension failed at the box office, but the film was just quirky enough to find that fan base and get propelled into cult status. While the film didn’t do well enough to warrant a sequel, it did find a big fan in Pete. Join us — Andy Nelson and Pete Wright — as we begin our short (but hopefully fun) Guilty Pleasure Series with Buckaroo Banzai. Pete talks about why this film is a guilty pleasure for him and Andy admits that, while never having seen the film before, it’s one that he could find himself really enjoying given a few more watches. We chat about the world building that the filmmakers infused this film with and find big and obscure films with which to compare its world building. We discuss the actors from top to bottom and how they all infuse the film with great energy, helping to create this world that feels fully formed, even if the script is a bit convoluted. We talk about how the film was received and how it became a cult favorite. And, inevitably, we spill out a few quotes from the film because, well, it’s full of them. We have a great time talking about Pete’s guilty pleasure this week so check it out!
- Script Transcript
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Buckaroo Banzai’s WikiQuotes
- Buckaroo Banzai: Frequently Asked Questions
- The Banzai Institute’s Official Website