Spaceballs, 1987 film starring  Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis Bill Pullman and Dick Van Patten.  The best Star Wars spoof out there!

King Roland (Patten) of the planet Druidia is marrying off his daughter Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) to the last prince in the galaxy, Prince Valium (Jim J. Bullock).  She doesn’t love him so she and her droid Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers) escape Druidia.  Just outside the planet, she comes under fire from the evil Spaceballs led by Dark Helmet (Moranis), who want to kidnap her and force her father to give them the code to the shield that protects Druidia’s atmosphere.  In comes our hero Lone Starr (Pullman) and his trusty Mog Barf (Candy) to rescue the princess and tray to save Druidia from having it’s atmosphere stolen by Spaceballs!

Funny, funny, funny!  If you are looking for a comedy from back in the day that will leave you in stitches then look no further.  This film utilizes some of the better comedians of the eighties like Candy and Moranis.  I was laughing from the get go.

I’ve seen this film several times and it is one of my favorite comedies.  The story was genius, written by Mel Brooks, and the cast brought it to life.  It is nice to see actors having fun with what they are doing.  Going on a Star Wars theme they spoofed the hell out of it.

The character of Dark Helmet was hilarious and the one liners were excellent.  This film provides us with a great story, excellent comedic acting and even great effects (that were still in their infancy in the eighties).  Some of the spoof movies today are just ok but this one became an instant cult hit that has stood the test of time.  I highly recommend you see it if you haven’t already!



Production Credits;

  • Brooksfilms
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)