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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 68. Spaceballs (1987)

August 11, 2011

68. Spaceballs [DVD] [1987]

Plot: Planet Spaceball is running out of air. President Skroob (Mel Brooks) plans to steal the air from peaceful planet Druidia, but it’s protected by a defense shield.

When Princess Vespa of Druidia (Daphne Zuniga) flees her wedding, evil Spaceball commander Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) plans to capture her to get the shield’s access code. Space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his sidekick, Barf (John Candy) is the Princess only hope for rescue.

Also Starring: John HurtDick Van PattenGeorge WynerMichael WinslowStephen Tobolowsky

Directed by: Mel Brooks
Written by: Mel BrooksThomas MeehanRonny Graham

96 min
Budget: $22,700,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $38,119,483 (USA)

May The Farce Be With You (tagline)

Review: Way before Family Guy made their trilogy; Blue Harvest (2007), Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (2009) and It’s a Trap (2010), Spaceballs was the only movie out there for us who wanted to see a sci-fi spoof. And just like the Family Guy trilogy, this one is hilarious.

Favorite Quote:
Lone Starr: Helmet! So, at last we meet for the first time for the last time.

I just re-watched this movie and realized I knew the entire dialogue. How many times do you think you need to watch a movie to be able to do that? I think I’ve seen this one at least twenty times…

And while Mel Brooks is funny in dual roles as President Scrooge and the Yoda-inspired master Yogurt, Bill Pullman (from While You Were Sleeping-fame) is solid as Lone Starr, and Daphne Zuniga is cute and funny as Princess Vespa, the one who makes this movie a must-see for me is Rick Moranis.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The scene wherein Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) is playing with his dolls was not in the script. Mel Brooks came up with the idea on the set one day, and told it to Moranis, who then improvised the entire scene, including the dialogue.

This movie proves Rick Moranis was one of the funniest men back in the 80’s and that Dark Helmet is one of the greatest characters ever in a comedy.

Please God (read Hollywood) let Rick Moranis make a movie again! As long as it’s NOT another Honey, I shrunk the (something) movie…

This movie sadly also makes me realize how much I miss John Candy… R.I.P.


Spaceballs (Blu-ray) (Region 2) (Import)
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The Family Guy Trilogy – Laugh It Up, Fuzzball (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 69. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)


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