Spaceballs

Spaceballs was released on 24 June 1987 and directed by the legendary Mel Brooks.

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The film is a space opera parody of the Star Wars Trilogy and other sci-fi films including Star Trek, Alien, The Wizard of Oz, 2001, Planet of the Apes, and Transformers.

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The film features a star-studded cast and hilariously mocks the successful Star Wars films. It generated a revenue of $38 million on a budget of $22.7 million


The Movie

The movie is set on the planet “Spaceball”, which loses all its oxygen. A grand scheme is then planned to steal the neighboring planet’s air, by kidnapping Princess Vespa.

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Bill Pullman plays the role of Lone Starr, a parody of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Also note the double r in Starr, referring to Bravestarr. John Candy plays Barf, a parody of Chewbacca.

Princess Leia is portrayed as Princess Vespa played by Daphne Zuniga, and Rick Moranis is Dark Helmet, a parody of Darth Vader.

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The Cast

  • Bill Pullman as Lone Starr
  • John Candy as Barf
  • Daphne Zuniga as Princess Vespa
  • Joan Rivers is the voice of Dot Matrix
  • Lorene Yarnell provided Dot Matrix’s on-screen physical performance.
  • Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet
  • Mel Brooks as:
    • Yogurt, the wise and powerful keeper of the Schwartz
    • President Skroob, the incompetent leader of Planet Spaceball.
  • George Wyner as Colonel Sandurz
  • Dick Van Patten as King Roland
  • Michael Winslow as a radar technician on Spaceball One 
  • Ronny Graham as the minister.
  • Jim J. Bullock as Prince Valium
  • Leslie Bevis as Commanderette Zircon.
  • Sandy Helberg as Dr. Irving Schlotkin.
  • Brenda Strong as Nurse Gretchen
  • Dom DeLuise is the voice of Pizza the Hutt.
  • Rudy De Luca as Vinnie
  • Rhonda Shear as a waitress.
  • Jeff MacGregor as Snotty
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Soundtrack

A soundtrack was released on LP, Cassette, and CD.

  1. “Spaceballs Main Title Theme”
  2. “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own”
  3. “Heartstrings” – Berlin
  4. “Spaceballs Love Theme”
  5. “The Winnebago Crashes”/”The Spaceballs Build Mega-Maid” – John Morris
  6. “Spaceballs” – The Spinners
  7. “Hot Together” – The Pointer Sisters
  8. “Good Enough” – Van Halen
  9. “Wanna Be Loved By You”

Conclusion

When the film was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer it received mixed criticism. Nevertheless, ever since it has become a cult classic and one of Brooke’s best-known creations. Mel Brookes worked closely with George Lucas to make sure his parody is as close to the original as possible. They made an agreement that Brookes will not pursue the sale of any Spaceballs action figures or toys.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote:

 “I enjoyed a lot of the movie, but I kept thinking I was at a revival…it should have been made several years ago, before our appetite for Star Wars satires had been completely exhausted.”

Movie Trailer

Reference

Spaceballs – Wikipedia