The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension was first released in 1984 and stars Peter Weller as the title character, Dr. Buckaroo Banzai. Banzai is a modern-day Renaissance man. He is a multi-instrumental rockstar, physicist and neurosurgeon, and he leads a crack company team, The Hong Kong Cavaliers. The film revolves around the unintended consequences of the testing of the oscillation overthruster—a device that allows one to travel through solid matter and into another dimension. Due to the oscillation overthruster’s immense power and dangerous appeal, Banzai and his gang, along with the help of the alien Black Lectroids from planet 10, must save the world from the evil from the eighth dimension, the Red Lectroids, led by the maniacal dictator Lord John Whorfin (John Lithgow).
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