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Mel Brooks takes on Star Wars

on 9/26/2006

For anyone who grew up in the age of Star Wars, they will probably agree with me when I say that this is Mel Brooks' best movie. A lot of people will disagree I am sure, and reference Blazing Saddles or History of the World, or any number of other films by the man. But for the sci-fi crowd, this is one of the finest parodies ever to grace the silver screen. I don't often say this, but I can easily recommend this as a must buy movie, sight unseen, for any Star Wars fan, and perhaps any fan of science fiction anywhere. A note - this is the collector's version of the DVD, with many new extras not present on the original DVD release. Also, unlike the original DVD release, this is in full anamorphic widescreen for those with widescreen HDTVs. Read More

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The farce is with you in this "uproarious salute to science fiction" (The Hollywood Reporter) that teams comedy legend Mel Brooks with an all-star cast of cutups including John Candy (Splash), Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) and Bill Pullman (Ruthless People)!When the evil Dark Helmet (Moranis) attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess (Daphne Zuniga), a clueless rogue (Pullman) and a half-man/half-dog creature who's his own best friend (Candy) set out to stop him! But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt (Brooks) and the mystical power of "The Schwartz" to bring peace and merchandising rights to the entire galaxy!SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary by Mel Brooks Spaceballs: The Documentary John Candy: Comic Spirit Storyboard to Film In Conversation: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Film Flubs Spacequotes Spaceballs: The Behind-the-Movie Photos Spaceballs: The Costume Gallery Spaceballs: The Art Gallery Exhibitor Trailer With Mel Brooks Introduction Original Theatrical TrailerSystem Requirements: Running Time 96 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE


Studio MGM
SKU 40708811
UPC 027616923417
UPC 14 00027616923417
Format DVD
Release Date 5/3/2005
Rating Rating
Space Opera
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this spoof of STAR WARS and a handful of other sci-fi flicks from the 1970s and '80s, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-dog/half-man sidekick, Barf (John Candy), must rescue a spoiled Druish princess (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) in time to pay off Pizza the Hut. With SPACEBALLS, director Mel Brooks is at it again, this time with a science-fiction parody with all the blue-screen special effects and weird makeup (though in this film, things are always slightly off-kilter and unpolished). Here, maverick space travelers set out to save the planet Druidia, which is being harassed by the Spaceballs, a sinister group attempting to pilfer Druidia's air resources. Among the many gags and jokes is a hilarious parody of a classic scene from ALIEN. Mel Brooks himself makes one of his funniest acting appearances as Yogurt, a send-up of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK's Yoda.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm my own best friend."--Barf (John Candy), half-man/half-dog
Quote "May the schwartz be with you."--Yogurt (Mel Brooks)
New York Times "...An ambitious sendup....Gentle, harmless satire than occasionally has real bite..." 06/24/1987 p.C23
Variety "...Amusing sight gags..." 06/24/1987
USA Today "...Often underrated is this comedy's dead-on production design..." 04/30/1996 p.8D
Premiere "[T]he meta-merchandising send-ups are inspired chuckles that get funnier with age." 05/01/2005 p.106
Entertainment Weekly "The spoofs on marketing tie-ins and insecure tyrants have grown even more relevant..." 05/13/2005 p.70
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Painfully punny and overcooked to perfection....It's the gloriously loony ALIEN send-up with John Hurt that's the biggest gut-buster." 05/01/2012
Mel Brooks
Rick Moranis
John Candy
Bill Pullman
Cast & Crew
Daphne Zuniga - Actor
John Candy - Actor
John Morris - Musical Score
Mel Brooks - Director
Mel Brooks - Actor
Mel Brooks - Producer
Mel Brooks, et al. - Writer
Nick McLean - Director of Photography
Rick Moranis - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
Catalog ID 1008310
UPC 00027616923417
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Collector's Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
At-A-Glance Film Reviews Spaceballs has some hysterical scenes in it...
Los Angeles Times Screamingly funny!
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