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One of the ships parked at the diner is the the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars (1977).

When President Skroob meets the twins, he tells them to "chew their gum." This is a reference to "Doublemint" commercials featuring twins.

Colonel Sanders is the name of the man who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken. Dark Helmet says "What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?"

When Dark Helmet asks for transformation into Mega Maid he says "Prepare for Metamorphosis, are you ready Kafka?" Franz Kafka wrote a novel called "The Metamorphosis."

President Skroob's name is an anagram of Mel Brooks', the man who plays him.

The "chestburster" scene in the interstellar diner features John Hurt, whose character suffered the same fate in Alien (1979). In an obscure joke, the creature emulates the singing frog in the classic Warner Brothers cartoon "One Froggy Evening."

In the scene where Dark Helmet views a videotape of Spaceballs, the movies in the case are all Mel Brooks's previous films.

The movie makes two references to Transformers. The obvious one is the ship's transformation into Mega Maid. The second appears on "Spaceballs: The Comic Book," where Transformers character "Optimus Prime" is clearly present, running on the front cover.

The license plate on Princess Vespa's Mercedes reads, "Spoiled Rott'n I."

All British releases were cut to remove the f-word, uttered when the ships self-destruct button wouldn't work. The complete version was aired in 1998 on The Sci-Fi Channel.

The American TV-version also butchered most of the sexual innuendo in the movie, including the infamous, "How many Asshole's we got on this ship, anyhow?" joke. Also gone was Dark Helmet's killer line, "I'll bet she gives great helmet!"

The British version also excluded a brief scene where President Skroob is taking a pee. Spaceball Commanderett Zircon contacts the President during the act on what is referred to as an 'unlisted wall'. Also shown is a roll of Spaceballs: The Toilet Paper.

Facts courtesy of Internet Movie Database and MGM/UA.

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