Spaceballs (1987)

USA, 1987
35mm film, 70mm film, Super 35, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American comedy science fiction film directed by Mel Brooks.

Plot Summary

When his daughter, The Princess Vespa, is kidnapped by the evil aliens the Spaceballs, King Roland of the planet Druidia calls in space mercenary Lone Starr to help. The Spaceballs, lead by the villainous Dark Helmet, want Druidia’s atmosphere to replace their own over-polluted air and it’s up to Lone Starr to rescue Vespa and save the day.


Directed by: Mel Brooks
© 1987 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Inc. [logo] A Brooksfilms presentation
Produced by: Mel Brooks
Co-producer: Ezra Swerdlow
Written by: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham
Director of Photography: Nick McLean
Edited by: Conrad Buff IV
Music: John Morris
Production Sound: Jeff Wexler, Don Coufal, Jim Stuebe
Costumes Designed by: Donfeld
Make-up Designed and Created by: Ben Nye Jr
Hair Stylist: Dione Taylor
Special Effects Supervisor: Peter Albiez
Visual Effects Supervisor: Peter Donen
[Special Visual Effects]: Apogee, Inc
The Alien Monster Created by: Industrial Light & Magic
Matte Painting Effects by: Sid Dutton, Bill Taylor, Illusion Arts, Inc.
Production Designed by: Terence Marsh
Casting by: Lynn Stalmaster & Associates, David Rubin, Bill Shepard

Mel Brooks (President Skroob/Yogurt)
John Candy (Barf)
Rick Moranis (Dark Helmet)
Bill Pullman (Lone Starr)
Daphne Zuniga (Princess Vespa)
Dick Van Patten (King Roland)
George Wyner (Colonel Sandurz)
Michael Winslow (radar technician)
Joan Rivers (the voice of Dot Matrix)
Lorene Yarnell (Dot Matrix)
John Hurt (John Hurt)
Sal Viscuso (radio operator)
Ronny Graham (minister)
Jm J. Bullock (Prince Valium)
Leslie Bevis (Commanderette Zircon)
Jim Jackman (Major Asshole)
Michael Pniewski (laser gunner)
Sandy Helberg (Dr Schlotkin)
Stephen Tobolowsky (captain of the guard)
Jeff MacGregor (Snotty)

Alternative Titles

Avaruusboltsit – Finnish title
Balle spaziali – Italian title
La Folle histoire de l’espace – French title
Kosmiczne jaja – Polish title
La loca historia de las galaxias – Spanish title
A Mais Louca Odisseia no Espaço – Portuguese title
Rumnødderne – Danish title
Spaceballs – Mel Brooks’ verrückte Raumfahrt – German title
Ürgolyhók – Hungarian title
Det våras för rymden – Swedish title

See also
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Fantasy Island (1978-1984)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)
Jaws (1975)
Max Headroom (1985)
Planet of the Apes (1967)
Star Trek (1966-1969)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Transformers (1984)
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)



  • American Cinematographer vol.68 no.12 (December 1987) pp.58-62 – article
  • Cinefex no.31 (August 1987) pp.4-25 – illustrated article
  • City Limits no.323 (10 December 1987) pp.25-26 – review
  • Film Review December 1987 p.12 – review
  • Films and Filming no.399 (December 1987) pp.31-32 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.294 no.26 (27 October 1986) pp.3, 18 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.294 no.37 (11 November 1986) p.96 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.297 no.38 (22 June 1987) – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.54 no.647 (December 1987) pp.377-378 – credits, synopsis, review (by Tom Milne)
  • Première October 1987 p.17 – review (by Jean-Claude Loiseau)
  • Screen International no.563 (30 August 1986) p.6 – note
  • Screen International no.608 (11 July 1987) – review
  • Starburst no.112 (December 1987) pp.21, 21 – illustrated credits, review
  • Starburst no.277 (September 2001 p.66 – illustrated DVD review
  • Stills no.29 (February 1987) p.61 credits (Reel to real: A-Z of production)
  • Stills no.30 (March 1987) p.81 – credits (Reel to real: A-Z of production)
  • Time Out no.903 (9 December 1987) p.35 – review
  • Variety 24 June 1987 – credits, review
  • Variety Production Chart 26 November 1986 – note


  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.535
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.468-469
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.100-101 – credits, review