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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:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To cut costs, some footage and various props were used from Glen A. Larson's series Battlestar Galactica (1978). Even some of the concept designs from Galactica were used. The Terran starfighters on Buck Rogers were originally designed as the Colonial Vipers for Galactica, but Larson had opted for a design closer the X-Wing fighters from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Larson then employed the unused designs for Buck Rogers. See more »

Goofs

When Wilma Deering gets into her fighter on board the Draconia, her helmet is marked 'Col. Deering' on the right side. In the subsequent shots during the fight, it's unmarked. A similar thing happens again close to the movie's ending: When getting picking up Buck Rogers, Theo and Twiki on the Draconia, there is one shot of her with her helmet being marked 'Col Deering' - this time on the left side - whereas in all other shots the helmet is clean. 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

The television version of this film substitutes the voice of Vic Perrin for William Conrad during scenes involving the Draconia. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scrubs: My Mentor (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Tailpipe Torpedo
(uncredited)
Composed by Stu Phillips
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good
23 October 2000 | by nikolajbSee all my reviews

Some friends and I rented this movie just for the kicks of making fun of it, but it turned out to be fairly good. Except for the cheesy 70's parts (check out Bucks dance act) which no live human could ever take seriously, this is an excellent movie, which I'll check out again in the near future.

8/10


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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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