Earl Mac Rauch
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Earl Mac Rauch is best known to fans as the screenwriter of cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). This film - "hard to top for pure, nutty fun" - owes its style and clever substance to the collaboration between Rauch and director/producer W.D. Richter.
Rauch is the author of the film's companion novel (1984) and comic books, as well as the screenplay. The novel Buckaroo Banzai is far more than a novelisation; it's a work of art in its own right. It is presented as only one volume among a number of chronicles written by Reno Nevada, one of Buckaroo's trusty Hong Kong Cavaliers.
Both the film and the novel can be thought of as fan-friendly Open Texts, a view supported by Rauch's own attitude to his creations.
Rauch is also known for co-writing Martin Scorsese's film New York, New York (1977), writing the controversial John Belushi biopic Wired (1989), and performing other screenplay work.
Links & Resources
- Rauch on Wikipedia
- Rauch on IMDB
- Rauch on Goodreads
- What information is there on scriptwriter Earl Mac Rauch?, page on Buckaroo Banzai FAQ
- An interview with Earl Mac Rauch (Fall 2004), page on Buckaroo Banzai FAQ
- , New York Times review, October 5, 1984.