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Spaceballs (1987)

A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs.

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Mel Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... President Skroob / Yogurt
John Candy ... Barf
Rick Moranis ... Dark Helmet
Bill Pullman ... Lone Starr
Daphne Zuniga ... Princess Vespa
Dick Van Patten ... King Roland
George Wyner ... Colonel Sandurz
Michael Winslow ... Radar Technician
Joan Rivers ... Dot Matrix (voice)
Lorene Yarnell Jansson Lorene Yarnell Jansson ... Dot Matrix (as Lorene Yarnell)
John Hurt ... John Hurt
Sal Viscuso ... Radio Operator
Ronny Graham ... Minister
Jim J. Bullock ... Prince Valium (as JM J. Bullock)
Leslie Bevis ... Commanderette Zircon
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Storyline

On the peaceful planet Druidia, King Roland attempts to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa and her loyal droid Dot Matrix escape during her wedding. After wasting the fresh air on the distant planet Spaceball, the good-for-nothing President Skroob orders the archvillain henchman Dark Helmet to kidnap Princess Vespa to force King Roland to provide them with the code to Druidia's atmosphere. Under those circumstances, the seasoned mercenary Lone Starr and his trusty half-human, half-canine sidekick Barf will attempt to save the Princess in distress, while at the same time, the ruthless loan-shark Pizza the Hutt is after them. But in the end, only he who can harness the mystical and mighty force known only as "The Schwartz" will be able to save the day. Written by Nick Riganas

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Once upon a time warp in deep space, the struggle between the nice & the rotten goes on... See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet Moron See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,613,837, 28 June 1987

Gross USA:

$38,119,483

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,119,483
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Tesla Motors has used Spaceballs' starship speeds (Light Speed, Ridiculous Speed, Ludicrous Speed, and Plaid Speed) as inspiration for naming their acceleration modes. In homage to this movie, Tesla has Ludicrous Mode for acceleration beyond its Insane Mode, and Plaid Mode, and over top Ludicrous. See more »

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When President Skroob is beamed into the next room with his head reversed, it is obvious that Mel Brooks simply put his costume on backwards because his hands have also been reversed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Radio Operator: Colonel Sandurz!
Colonel Sandurz: What is it, Sergeant Ricco?
Radio Operator: You told me to let you know the moment Planet Druidia was in sight, sir.
Colonel Sandurz: So?
Radio Operator: Planet Druidia's in sight, sir.
Colonel Sandurz: You're really a Spaceball. You know that, don't you?
Radio Operator: Thanks, sir.
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In the style of the "Star Wars" movies, there are no opening credits, only the title followed by a crawl. See more »

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Soundtracks

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Performed by Kim Carnes and Jeffrey Osborne
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Legendary "Star Wars" Parody Still Has Legs!
5 September 2019 | by TheAll-SeeingISee all my reviews

"Spaceballs" itself is older than many millennials, but thanks to its enduring riffing on the mighty and timeless "Star Wars," this is a parody that continues to get traction with goofballs from all generations. And deservedly so.

Planet Spaceball is under the command of the thoroughly bumbling President Skroob, played by the legendary Mel Brooks. The planet is fresh out of fresh air, so they've got to pillage planet Druida for its stash. Colonel Sandurz (George Wyner) helms the ludicrously elongated star destroyer charged with the task, but Skroob has the Colonel's every action double-checked by the constant presence of the joyfully lame Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). Down on the planet's surface, the Princess (Daphne Zuniga) seems ill-fated to marry the enemy Prince. Sound familiar enough? It's a lights-out comedy cast, further bolstered by the genius hand-picking of Dick Van Patten as King Rolan, Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, and the inimitable John Candy as Barf. Also making an appearance is one Pizza The Hut.

Released a full decade after "Star Wars," critics at the time thought "Spaceballs" may have dragged its feet before taking on the task of spoofing the sci-fi masterpiece. No one could have dreamed the "Star Wars" saga would still be alive today, and potentially open for a new round of hilarious ridicule. Could "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money" still come to life? Judging from the enduring greatness of its predecessor, perhaps it well should.


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