The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension script
Synopsis: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a 1984 American science fiction romantic adventure comedy film directed and produced by W. D. Richter, and concerns the efforts of the multi-talented Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician, to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10. The film is a cross between the action/adventure and sci-fi film genres and also includes elements of comedy, satire, and romance.

FADE IN:

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

operator lopsided...

NARRATOR:

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...

NARRATOR:

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:

NARRATOR:

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

NARRATOR:

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...

4

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...

NARRATOR:

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...

7

...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:

TODAY:

THIRTY YEARS LATER

VOICE OF MISSION CONTROL

T Minus five hundred and counting. Phaser positive. Latch compressor.

INT. BLOCKHOUSE - DAY8

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Earl Mac Rauch

Earl Mac Rauch is an American novelist and screenwriter. Rauch is best known for writing the screenplays for A Stranger Is Watching, New York, New York and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. more…

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