The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Movie • 1984 • Adventure  

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Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.
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Does the dog die?
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Are animals abused?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there pedophilia?
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ItsaMeMario
The alien spider crushed in the film is briefly shown afterward.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Abuse
Is a child abused?
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A small child does appear to fire a M-16 style weapon without adult supervision near the end.
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Addiction
Is there addiction?
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The female hero named ‘Penny’ does appear to be an alcoholic.
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The female hero named ‘Penny’ is seen drinking heavily at Buckaroo Banzi’s rock concert.
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Animal
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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An alien spider is stepped on. An alien slug-type creature is thrown and flies off camera, making a “weeeeee!” type of noise, it is unknown if it survived.
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Are there spiders?
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ItsaMeMario
There are alien spiders seen at various points throughout the movie, and one real tarantula briefly present during a late scene.
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Are there bugs?
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ItsaMeMario
There are alien spiders, as well as actual ants shown crawling in a dish, and a tarantula shown briefly.
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Assault
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Bodily Harm
Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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ItsaMeMario
Someone is kicked in the groin, but it isn't shown to be extensive or cause any severe damage.
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Is someone tortured?
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The lead character and his love interest are each tortured (separately) by the evil aliens. The main character's torture involves electricity/shocks.
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Does a kid die?
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Family
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A science professor is kidnapped by the Red Lectroids.

The evil Red Lectroids kidnap the female hero.

Buckaroo Banzi is also kidnapped near the end, only to be saved by the Hong-Kong Cavilers ( Buckaroo’s most trusted inner circle )

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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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A scientist is possessed at the beginning of the movie by an interdimensional alien consciousness.
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone spit?
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there are aliens who spit as a weapon, kind of like bullets
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Medical
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digitalsidhe
Not "therapy", but the torture of the lead character by the evil aliens involves electrical shocks. Also, the main bad guy has a machine he's made that gives him shocks, which he uses voluntarily.
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digitalsidhe
The main bad guy starts the movie in a mental institution. There is one scene of him there, then a second scene where he breaks out.
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Dadu1000
Dr. Banzi and another doctor known as ‘New Jersey’ are portrayed performing brain surgery early in the movie, however the patient is located off camera.

However, in a rather odd-moment typical of this movie, other people that appear to be eating spaghetti are shown in an observation room watching the operation being performed.
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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A Black Lectroid does appear to blow himself up rather then be captured by the Red Lectroids.
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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The main bad guy ridicules his second in command’s name frequently. The main bad guy calls him: “Big Booty”, while the second in command insists his name is “John BigBoo-tay” assigning himself a more sophisticated french-sounding last name. It is later revealed that the aliens all made up their first and last names, putting into question as to why he would make up such a easy to ridicule name.
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A white hospital maintenance man appears on screen to die first. Later a alien dies by falling on his head, who is later described as a ‘Black Lectroid’.

A theme in this movie is that there is a war in another dimension between racist ‘Red’ Lectroids and their victims ‘Black’ lectroids. As the story progresses, it is revealed the Black Lectroids defeated the Red Lectroids.
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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There are no LGBT characters.
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Are there n-words?
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Spoiler
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The Red Lectroids are defeated, the Black Lectroids call off their attack on Earth, Dr. Banzi tells the president NOT to destroy Russia, and the female hero appears to come back to life after Banzai kisses her.

And in the closing credits, the only member of the Hong Kong Cavaliers to die, appears to be still alive!
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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A van does hit a motorcycle being driven by Buckaroo Banzi, however Dr. Banzi is not injured
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Does a plane crash?
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At one point, the evil Red Lectroids attempt to run Dr. Banzi over with a van, but A member of the Blue Blazers saves Banzi with a helicopter rope-ladder
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A theme in the movie is that there will be WW3 if the leader of the Red Lectroids is allowed to escape Earth, this does not happen, as the leader of the Red Lectroids dies prior to escaping.
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Is there blood/gore?
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ItsaMeMario
There is some yellow-green ooze which seems to be alien blood throughout the movie, but no human blood.
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Dadu1000
Dr. Banzi’s associates Perfect Tommy does appear to command a mercenary strike team and many Red Lectroids appear to get shot and killed.

No humans appear to be shot and killed.
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