June 24, 1987
Genre(s): Comedy, Science Fiction
Spaceballs is Mel Brook's humorous spoof of Star Wars and the science fiction genre in general. It follows intergalactic drifter Lone Star as he tries to rescue Princess Vespa from her kidnapper, the evil Lord Helmet, who is demanding a large ransom from the princess's father. Accompanied by his trusty friend/dog Barf, Lone Star tracks his quarry across the galaxy, receiving help in unexpected places, including from the mysterious Yogurt (a role played by Brooks himself). In the end, good battles evil and hilarity ensues as Lone Star must choose between turning a profit and saving himself or pursuing true love and learning an amazing secret about himself.