EXT. SMALL TEXAS TOWN - DAY1
Beside a 1950 Ford, a quartet of elite intellectuals poses
playfully...dressed in the local custom of boots and cowboy hats, the
TOW ORIENTAL MEN, A CAUCASIAN MAN, AND A CAUCASIAN WOMAN squint into
the hot sun and then down at the jiggling home movie camera, the
The advent of the Soviet nuclear capability ushers in a dangerous phase
of the Cold War as the decade of the 1950s looms. Stung by this Soviet
challenge and the rapid race to develop ever more sophisticated
weapons, the United States resurrects maverick Professor Toichi
Hikita's work in electromagnetic particle acceleration...despite the
dismal record of failure that has dogged the project.
TOICHI HIKITA, one of the group, walks forward, taking the CAMERA from
its present operator, a four-year-old child...A LITTLE BOY IN CHAPS AND
COWBOY HAT who now joins the other adults, in particular Caucasian
woman and the elder Oriental man who pick him up and hug him...
Doctor Masado Banzai, preeminent Japanese quantum theorist, declares
himself anxious to work for the Allies. Enamored of the great American
West, Banzai sires a precocious son and tags the tiny child "Buckaroo."
A tribute to his adopted homeland.
EXT. TEST SITE - DAY2
A strange TWO-MAN SPEED VEHICLE readies for takeoff...the FIRST "PILOT"
in the cockpit Dr. Banzai himself:
And thus given a second chance after his secret pre-war laboratory
disaster at Princeton, Doctor Hikita finds new life at the Texas School
of Mines, where he assembles a team of crack scientists willing to
gamble he's right in his bold assertion that man can indeed pass
unharmed through solid matter.
The SECOND "PILOT," a fair-haired Caucasian:3
Sir Alan Motley of Cambridge, a brainy, affable limey, co-developer
with Whitehead and Lord Russell of the world's most advanced
theoretical gravity catapult...
The fourth scientist, the female Caucasian, busy with last-minute
details, securing the two pilots in their seats, checking their
instrument data, writing on a clipboard...
Dr. Sandra Banzai, Texas-born pioneer in Negative Mass Propulsion
...wife of Dr. Masado Banzai.
...as the four-year-old BUCKAROO BANZAI now approaches the speed
machine and gives his father a good-bye kiss...Dr. Banzai saying
something to the boy, Buckaroo bowing respectfully, as his father and
mother exchange last-minute assurances...
The cockpit canopy comes down, and Sandra Banzai tugs a reluctant
little Buckaroo toward a sandbagged shelter...
EXT. SANDBAGS - DAY5
...where Professor Hikita sits at a bank of monitoring equipment,
Sandra Banzai and Buckaroo entering the enclosure as...
...A SUDDEN NOISE causes Sandra Banzai to turn in fear, the bizarre
speed machine's motors whining at an astonishing rpm, BLINDING GREEN
FLAMES ENGULFING ITS COCKPIT...
EXT. TEST SITE - DAY6
...Sandra Banzai rushing toward the sheet-metal vehicle through SMOKE
AND GREEN FLAME as her husband and Sir Alan both struggle to get out...
...Buckaroo running after his mother who attempts to help the
scientists free themselves when suddenly the child is thrown to the
ground and protected by Professor Hikita's own body...as the
experimental car VAPORIZES IN A FLASH OF EMERALD GREEN LIGHT! THE
SCREEN GOING WHITE, A LAUNCH COUNTDOWN BEGINNING UNDER A SOMBER CARD:
THIRTY YEARS LATER
VOICE OF MISSION CONTROL
T Minus five hundred and counting. Phaser positive. Latch compressor.
INT. BLOCKHOUSE - DAY8