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Spaceballs (1987)



Critic Consensus: There's fine spoofery and amusing characters in Spaceballs, though it's a far cry from Mel Brooks' peak era.

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The evil leaders of Planet Spaceball, having foolishly squandered their precious atmosphere, devise a secret plan to take every breath of air away from their peace-loving neighbour, Planet Druidia. They send the evil Dark Helmet to kidnap Princess Vespa on the day of her wedding, in the hope of holding Druidia to ransom. But the princess skips town and joins forces with a mercenary named Lone Starr and his sidekick, Barf.

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Mel Brooks
as President Skroob/Yogurt
Rick Moranis
as Dark Helmet
Daphne Zuniga
as Princess Vespa
Bill Pullman
as Lone Starr
Joan Rivers
as Dot Matrix
Dick Van Patten
as King Roland
George Wyner
as Colonel Sandurz
Michael Winslow
as Radar Technician
Lorene Yarnell
as Dot Matrix
John Hurt
as John Hurt
Sal Viscuso
as Radio Operator
as Minister
Leslie Bevis
as Commanderette Zircon
Jim J. Bullock
as Prince Valium
Jim Jackman
as Major A.
Michael Pniewski
as Laser Gunner
Sandy Helberg
as Dr. Schlotkin
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Captain of the Guard
Henry Kaiser
as Magnetic Beam Operator
Denise Gallup
as Charlene
Dian Gallup
as Marlene
Rhonda Shear
as Woman in Diner
Robert Prescott
as Sand Cruiser Driver
Jack Riley
as TV Newsman
Tom Dreesen
as Megamaid Guard
Ken Olfson
as Head Usher
Bryan O'Byrne
as Organist
Jonathan Wayne Wilson
as Trucker in Cap
Ira Miller
as Short Order Cook
Earl Finn
as Guard with Captain
Mitchell Bock
as Video Operator
Tommy Swerdlow
as Troop Leader
Tim Russ
as Trooper
Deanna Booher
as Bearded Lady
Gail Barle
as Waitress
Dey Young
as Waitress
Tony Griffin
as Prison Guard
Rick Ducommun
as Prison Guard
Ed Gale
as Dink
Dom DeLuise
as Pizza the Hutt
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Critic Reviews for Spaceballs

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (10)

Space films are Mel Brooks' latest target in this Star Wars parody that might be appropriately titled Schtick Wars.

January 11, 2021 | Full Review…

It`s a close call on recommending this movie, but ``Spaceballs`` does have some big laughs that are not to be missed

August 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The crew flings itself energetically through space in search of laughs, but it will never penetrate the galaxy where Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein traced their giddy orbits.

January 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Unforgiveable then, unforgiveable now.

January 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film's low-tech styling is roughly the cardboard inversion of the cinematic machines it parodies, and Brooks seems less inclined than usual to push the overkill urges too far.

January 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Mel Brooks will do anything for a laugh. Unfortunately, what he does in Spaceballs, a misguided parody of the Star Wars adventures, isn't very funny.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spaceballs

It easily gets lost in its own sarcasm, but Spaceballs has its share of parodies and laughs to make for a decent film. Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis and the rest of the cast are able to make humorous performances even if its attempt at spoofing its intergalactic saga seems to feel stale. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Moments of real humor, but it relies to heavily on the cornball schtick.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


It's just great. The unique movie which you see John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks and John Hurt! A great Star Wars spoof.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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