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Spaceballs
     

Spaceballs

4.5 55

Cast: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

 

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A space bum helps rescue a princess from an evil overlord with the help of a benevolent elder in this Star Wars send-up written and directed by Mel Brooks. Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog co-pilot, Barf the Mawg (John Candy), are content to scour the galaxy living the easy life. But they reluctantly come to the rescue when Druish Princess

Overview

A space bum helps rescue a princess from an evil overlord with the help of a benevolent elder in this Star Wars send-up written and directed by Mel Brooks. Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog co-pilot, Barf the Mawg (John Candy), are content to scour the galaxy living the easy life. But they reluctantly come to the rescue when Druish Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) is threatened by the evil Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis), who wants to steal all of the air from her planet, Druidia. Trapped on a harsh desert world with Vespa and her robot chaperone, Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers), Lone Starr and Barf are helpless to prevent Helmet from kidnapping the girl. But assistance arrives in the form of Yogurt (Brooks), a wizard who turns Lone Starr on to a mysterious power known as The Schwartz. Catching up with Helmet just as he's transforming his spaceship into a giant vacuum cleaner in orbit around Druidia, the reluctant heroes stage a dramatic showdown. Although it borrows most of its plot from the Star Wars series, Spaceballs also pokes fun at Star Trek, Snow White, and Planet of the Apes -- as well as the entire videocassette and movie marketing industries. The large supporting cast includes Dick Van Patten, Jim J. Bullock, and the voice of Dom DeLuise. John Hurt makes a cameo in a parody of the exploding chest scene he played in Alien.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
By the time Spaceballs rolled around, Mel Brooks' brand of zany slapstick and genre parody had long since begun to wear out its welcome. And by 1987, Star Wars was a positively ancient target for satire. It's no surprise, then, that this collection or hoary puns and cheesy sight gags smelled strongly of mothballs even during its initial run. Despite the assembled talent, from John Candy to John Hurt, writer/director Brooks seems more capable of eliciting groans than laughs with his endless sight gags and pointless running jokes. Joan Rivers is actually a hoot as the voice of robot prude Dot Matrix. But it doesn't say much for the rest of the picture that the best acting -- and funniest jokes -- come from a performer who's heard but never seen. With his royal drag and practically dreadlocked fright wig, Dick Van Patten is worth a laugh or two as the hapless King Roland. Brooks also works in a few decent set pieces and swipes at other sci-fi films. But the puns, from "Druish Princess" to "Pizza the Hut," belong in the warmup monologue of a talk show, not the script of a Hollywood feature. And the jokes are even worse when they fall outside the confines of Mad Magazine-style send-ups. The scene in which the characters watch the video of their own movie to find out what happens next is only one example of the labored hamminess on display. In fact, the only consistently funny element is John Morris's score, which takes deadly aim at the bombast of John Williams -- and scores a direct hit.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
UPC:
0027616923417
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Mel Brooks; Spaceballs: The Documentary; In Conversation: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; John Candy: Comic Spirit; Storyboard-to-film comparison; Film flubs; Spacequotes; Spaceballs: The Trivia Game; Spaceballs: The Behind-the-Movie Photos; Exhibitor trailer with Mel Brooks introduction; Spaceballs: The Costume Gallery; Spaceballs: The Art Gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Brooks President Skroob,Yogurt
John Candy Barf the Mawg, Co-Pilot
Rick Moranis Lord Dark Helmet
Bill Pullman Lone Starr, Space Bum
Daphne Zuniga Princess Vespa
John Hurt Himself
Dick Van Patten King Roland, Ruler of Druidia
George Wyner Col. Sandurz
Michael Winslow Radar Technician
Joan Rivers Dot Matrix
Lorene Yarnell Dot Matrix, Droid Maid
Sal Viscuso Radio Operator
Ronny Graham Minister
Jim J. Bullock Prince Valium
Leslie Bevis Commanderette Zircon
Jim Jackman Maj. Asshole
Denise Gallup Charlene
Sandy Helberg Dr. Schlotkin
Jack Riley TV Newsman
Tom Dreeson Megamaid Guard
Rudy DeLuca Vinnie
Deanna Booher Bearded Lady
Dom DeLuise Pizza the Hutt
Michael Pniewski Laser Gunner
Stephen Tobolowsky Captain of the Guard
Jeff MacGregor Snotty
Henry Kaiser Magnetic Beam Operator
Gail Barle Waitress
Dey Young Waitress
Rhonda Shear Woman in Diner
Robert Prescott Sand Cruiser Driver
Tony Griffin Prison Guard
Rick Ducommun Prison Guard
Ken Olfson Head Usher
Bryan O'Byrne Organist
Wayne Wilson Trucker in Cap
Ira Miller Short Order Cook
Earl Finn Guard with Captain
Mitchell Bock Video Operator
Tommy Swerdlow Troop Leader
Tim Russ Trooper
Ed Gale Dink #1
Felix Silla The Dinks
Tony Cox The Dinks
Arturo Gil The Dinks
Johnny Silver Caddy
Brenda Strong Nurse

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Songwriter,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Albiez Special Effects
Percy Angress Special Effects
Dick Bauerle Songwriter
Craig Boyajian Special Effects
Steve Bridge Camera Operator
Robert Latham Brown Production Manager
Conrad Buff Editor
Don Coufal Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Diaz Makeup
Peter Donen Special Effects Supervisor
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Feld Executive Producer
John Franco Set Decoration/Design
Ronny Graham Screenwriter
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Jon Bon Jovi Songwriter
Peter Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Dan Kolsrud Asst. Director
Rick Lazzarini Special Effects
Melanie Elaine Levitt Makeup
Clyde Lieberman Songwriter
George Llerena Camera Operator
Lenny Macaluso Songwriter
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Grant McCune Special Effects
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Nick McLean Cinematographer
Thomas Meehan Screenwriter
Harold Michelson Art Director
John Morris Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Michael D. O'Shea Camera Operator
Jeff Pescetto Songwriter
Jerry Pooler Camera Operator
Apogee Productions Special Effects
Richard Ratliff Special Effects
David Rubin Casting
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Richie Sambora Songwriter
Robert Shepherd Special Effects
Gloria Sklerov Songwriter
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Jim Stuebe Sound/Sound Designer
Ezra Swerdlow Co-producer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Valin Set Decoration/Design
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Richard Warlock Stunts
Mike Washlake Stunts
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Film
1. Main Title/Far, Far Away [3:37]
2. Over His Helmet [3:37]
3. Runaway Bride [2:24]
4. Pizza Wants Dough [4:07]
5. Presidential Headache [3:13]
6. Family of Expletives [1:25]
7. Let's Make a Deal [1:25]
8. Jammed [2:50]
9. Vespa's Matched Luggage [4:09]
10. Ludicrous Speed [3:26]
11. Sandy Stop [2:38]
12. The Bare Necessities [2:00]
13. Instant Replay [2:18]
14. Living Without Love [3:37]
15. Li'l Red Desert Hoods [1:15]
16. Keeper of the Schwartz [1:39]
17. Combing the Desert [3:13]
18. Schwartz Training [1:04]
19. Father Lies Best [1:53]
20. Yogurt's Gift [2:37]
21. Dolls, a Love Story [:59]
22. By a Nose [1:26]
23. The Trouble She's Seen [3:24]
24. Megamaid! [5:28]
25. The Ear of the Storm [3:19]
26. Schwartz Envy [3:29]
27. How Self-Destructive [5:47]
28. Last Call for Pizza [3:43]
29. "He Had the Special" [1:31]
30. A Soitified Prince [2:43]
31. Stop That Wedding! [3:35]
32. End Credits [2:35]

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