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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  30 March 1979 (USA)
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A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders.

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David Cadiente ...
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Gil Serna ...
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Larry Duran ...
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Kenny Endoso ...
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In 1987, Captain William "Buck" Rogers pilots his space shuttle on a mission but a meteor storm freezes him into an orbit that returns him to Earth 500 years later. In the year 2491, his shuttle is found and captured by the Draconian flagship, under the command of Princess Ardala and her henchman Kane. Reviving him, they return him to Earth after planting a homing beacon aboard his shuttle to track a path through Earth's defense barrier. Now, Buck Rogers must adjust to the 25th century, and convince the Terrans that the Draconians are planning to conquer Earth. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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The original space man! The ultimate trip! Buck Rogers swings back to earth and lays it on the 25th Century!


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30 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Awakening  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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In the original ending for this film, Buck and Wilma celebrate the victory over Ardala and Kane by dancing to the tune of "Chicago, Chicago, that toddling town." This last scene was entirely cut and the film now ends with Buck and Wilma returning to Earth by starfighter. See more »

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When Buck fights Tigerman in the launch bay, the actor is different from the one in the rest of the film. See more »

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Narrator: In the year 1987, at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. The payload, perched on the nose cone of the massive rocket, was a one-man exploration vessel - Ranger 3. Aboard this compact starship, a lone astronaut - Captain William "Buck" Rogers - was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. An awesome brush with death: in the blink of an eye, his life support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. ...
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Erin Gray and Pamela Hensley appear as "dream girls" along side their names in the original (theatrical) credits. See more »

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SUSPENSION
Music by Stu Phillips
Lyrics by Glen A. Larson
Sung by Kipp Lennon
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Twiki is more fun than the humans
16 June 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

It may be set in the 25th Century, but this 1979 version of the old Philip Francis Nowlan story is totally and unconditionally a product from the "Star Wars" era. Gil Gerard is a handsome block of wood playing Captain Buck Rogers, an American astronaut launched 500 years into the future and finding himself in the middle of a space war. Pamela Hensley is the sultry villainess Princess Ardala while Erin Gray is the no-nonsense Colonel trying to get Rogers out of her way (he seems more interested in loosening her up than flirting with the seductive princess). The action sequences were lifted from TV's "Battlestar Galactica", but the low-budget effects aren't really the problem, it's that the movie is so under-populated and blandly comical. This underachiever makes even "Logan's Run" seem like a sci-fi masterpiece. The robot Twiki is a cool creation, far outshining the humans, but even he couldn't save this from the ratings-basement once it became a weekly TV series. *1/2 from ****


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