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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders.

Director:

Daniel Haller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Gerard ... Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers
Pamela Hensley ... Princess Ardala
Erin Gray ... Colonel Wilma Deering
Henry Silva ... Kane
Tim O'Connor ... Dr. Elias Huer
Joseph Wiseman ... King Draco
Duke Butler Duke Butler ... Tigerman
H.B. Haggerty ... Tigerman #1
Felix Silla ... Twiki (body)
Caroline Smith Caroline Smith ... Delta Section
John Dewey Carter John Dewey Carter ... Supervisor (as John Dewey-Carter)
Kevin Coates Kevin Coates ... Pilot
David Cadiente David Cadiente ... Comtel Officer
Gil Serna Gil Serna ... Technician
Larry Duran ... Draconian Guard
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Storyline

In 1987, Captain William "Buck" Rogers pilots his space shuttle Ranger 3 on a mission but a meteor storm freezes him into an orbit that returns him to Earth - 500 years later. In 2491, his shuttle is found and captured by the Draconian flagship, under the command of Princess Ardala and her second-in-command Kane. Reviving him, they return him to Earth after secretly planting a homing beacon aboard his shuttle to track a path through Earth's defense barrier. Buck is under arrest and learns that Earth has been rebuilt over the centuries in his absence following a nuclear holocaust. Buck Rogers must adjust to the 25th century, and convince the Terrans that the Draconians are secretly planning to conquer Earth. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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Taglines:

Buck Rogers, the world's first and greatest space hero! The trip of your life 500 years from today! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Twiki's line "I'm freezing my ball-bearings off!" in the theatrical version was replaced with the line "My micro-discs are turning blue!" in the television version. In the theatrical version, "Weatherby", a pilot killed in the pirate raid is female. In the television version, footage of a male pilot is substituted. See more »

Goofs

When Buck Rogers is in the ruins of Chicago and the graveyard, the likelihood of the signs in the streets and the gravestones still being legible after 450 years is nothing. Weathering would have totally erased the words from the signs by then. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voiceover during narration] 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 ...
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Crazy Credits

Erin Gray and Pamela Hensley appear as "dream girls" along side their names in the original (theatrical) credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Twiki's line "I'm freezing my ball-bearings off!" in the theatrical version is replaced with "My micro-discs are turning blue!" in the television version. In the theatrical version, "Weatherly", a pilot killed in the pirate raid is female. In the television version, footage of a male pilot is substituted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lost in Space Forever (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Wilma Saves Buck / What An Ending
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Composed by Stu Phillips
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Ah, youth.
23 January 2001 | by Qui-Gon JimSee all my reviews

I happened to catch a 16mm print of this last weekend at a sci-fi movie marathon, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Granted, I grew up watching the TV show, but hadn't seen it in years and had never seen the film.

Perhaps it's that sense of nostalgia that clouds my thoughts on it. The plot is decent, the sets need a lot of work and the effects are top-notch... for 1979. Still, I guarantee you that you will laugh and smile repeatedly, and find it hard to dislike this honest effort.

If you're in the mood for ridiculously cheesy 70s sci-fi, dancing robots and gorgeous women, then you really can't go wrong with this. If you're like me and trying to relive one's youth, by all means, go find a copy. By the way, would it be so hard for Universal to give this a DVD release? Please?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Awakening See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,671,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,671,241
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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