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The Ice Pirates (1984)

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In the far future water is the most valuable substance. Two space pirates are captured, sold to a princess, and recruited to help her find her father who disappeared when he found ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Jason
Mary Crosby ... Princess Karina
Michael D. Roberts ... Roscoe
Anjelica Huston ... Maida
John Matuszak ... Killjoy
Ron Perlman ... Zeno
John Carradine ... Supreme Commander
Natalie Core Natalie Core ... Nanny
Jeremy West ... Zorn
Bruce Vilanch ... Wendon
Alan Caillou ... Count Paisley
Marcia Lewis Marcia Lewis ... Frog Lady
Daryl Keith Roach ... Fitzcairn / Prisoner (as Daryl Roach)
Robert Symonds ... Lanky Nibs
Gary Brockette Gary Brockette ... Percy the Robot
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In the far future water is the most valuable substance. Two space pirates are captured, sold to a princess, and recruited to help her find her father who disappeared when he found information dangerous to the rulers. A real Space Opera with sword fights, explosions, fighting robots, monsters, bar fights and time warps. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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SEE... A Universe on the Rocks! SEE... Great Special Affects! SEE... Space Herpie the Love Bug! SEE... The Evil Emperor and his Bird! SEE... Action-Packed Action! SEE! Ferocious Space Possums! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Pirates See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,358,022, 18 March 1984

Gross USA:

$14,255,801
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was intended to be a serious sci-fi film with a $20 million budget, but MGM slashed the budget to $8 million and had the script rewritten as a comedy. See more »

Quotes

Wendon: People without water will do anything!
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Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version was cut for a PG rating by 2 minutes 11 seconds:
  • [Reel 2] During discussion in prison on space ship and in cage after landing remove references to men being castrated.
  • When heroes are on conveyor belt remove threats of castration and repeated sight of snapping jaws.
  • [Reel 3] After alien creature bites heroes, remove reference to it as "Space Herpe" when Jason reads cargo manifest.
  • Remove sight of man's head falling off after woman slices sword across man's neck in fight in bar.
  • [Reel 4] Remove reference to Space Herpe after it emerges from hunk of meat.
  • After talking head delivers up ring on tongue, remove it asking, "Want to make a deposit?"
  • [Reel 5] Establish only lovemaking between Jason and Princess after they go to the passion chamber with back projection, removing all sex double entendres in their dialogue and implication of oral sex.
The video was uncut and rated 15. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Sleaze (2010) See more »

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Funniest sci-fi spoof ever
18 January 2003 | by sgoldgaberSee all my reviews

Ice Pirates is the funniest sci-fi spoof, and one of the best comedies ever made. There is no way that Galaxy Quest is even close. Even Spaceballs has to take a back seat. Ice Pirates is Spaceballs on Nitrous Oxide.

Of course, to appreciate it you'd have to have seen a lot of science fiction movies, as they are what Ice Pirates is poking fun at. Fans of Red Dwarf are also advised to take a look at this film, as it was obviously an inspiration for the show.


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