On this date in 1984, a neurosurgeon/particle physicist/rock star climbed into a Ford pickup truck outfitted with a rocket engine and streaked across movie screens and into cult movie history. While it didn’t do well at the box office in its initial rollout across that autumn, it would eventually go on to a success in a way that would be encapsulated with a phrase that was
In the fall of 2011, Buckaroo Banzai himself, in the form of Peter Weller and the film’s chief villain John Whorfin, aka John Lithgow, took to the stage at New ork’s Lincoln Center for a nearly hour long Q&A after a screening of the film, hosted by none other than Kevin Smith. If you couldn’t have made the screening because, for example you were across town at the New York Comic Con, here is the complete video from that evening.
And here’s a bonus from special effects animator Chris Casady, who provide the electrical effects for many of the scenes in the film.