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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.

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


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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, 30 March 1979
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The theme song used in the film is entitled "Suspension" and features lyrics sung by Kip Lennon. The theme used in the TV series was an instrumental version of the song. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Buck Rogers fights Tigerman in the launch bay of the Draconian flagship, the actor is very dissimilar from the one in the rest of the film. See more »

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[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

The original 1979 UK theatrical release of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was cut to remove a groin kick to obtain an "A" classification. See more »

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Composed by Stu Phillips
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Cheesy but good 70's TV Sci-Fi
13 May 1999 | by skorzenySee all my reviews

If you like "Battlestar Galactica", you will love this movie, at least if you can sit through the incredibly cheesy and silly title sequence. Based extraordinarily loosely on the classic early 1900's sci-fi novel, this is a story of an American astronaut frozen in crygenic sleep for a deep-space exploration mission in the late 20th Century who returns home and awakens in the post-nuclear 25th century. He finds an Earth ravaged by nuclear war (the scene in bombed-out Chicago is particularly amusing to me, as a life-long Chicago native, even if the sets look NOTHING like State Street)but with survivors carrying on in underground cities.

Earth is about to be atacked by the evil Draconians, led by a lovely but devious Princess. Sort of an S&M version of Princess Leia. Anyway, the Draconians pretend to offer Earth help defeating some "Space Pirates", but the Pirates are really Draconian fighters.

What follows are some classic space battle scenes, a lot of running around in dark spaceship corridors, and a classic love triangle between Buck Rogers, the Evil Princess, and a female fighter pilot from Earth. Buck Rogers manages to sabotage and destroy the Draconian fighters and saves the day, of course.

Along the way, we get some amusing dialogue, and some VERY 1970's sci-fi scenes, including Buck Rogers introducing Disco music to the future. The sight of his robot Sidekick, Twiky, dancing to Disco music well saying "Get Down!" still haunts me today.

However, the babes are hot, the battles exciting, the effects good (for 1970's TV), and the story easy to follow. I like it, and wish I could find a copy. I haven't seen it in years.


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