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The Ice Pirates (1984)

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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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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,255,801
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Stereo

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Max Von Sydow whom has a cameo as a bounty hunter also had a small role in the sci-fi film Dune (1984) also released the same year. See more »

Goofs

When the prisoner cage is being hauled along the hangar, it's broad daylight, as is obvious in the matte shot with the outside view and in various windows and openings in the background. Wenn the cage is set down however, it's suddenly dark outside the hangar door. See more »

Quotes

Jason: I don't mean anything by this but is there any particularly reason that he is black.
Roscoe: [smiling] Sure, I wanted him to be perfect.
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Alternate Versions

There are two German VHS-Versions. One is the uncut version and is labeled FSK18 and one is a slightly cut version which is rated FSK12. In the cut version the bar fight for example is slightly cut. But the most paradox fact is that the uncut version is often shown in free TV, even in the midday and afternoon time-slots where only FSK12 movies are allowed. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Light-hearted comedy - not meant to be a classic!!
4 July 2000 | by Bevan - #4See all my reviews

I saw this in college with the rest of the UMass-Boston SF Society gang, and no, this is no classic, nor was meant to be.

Like "Hudson Hawk," a light-hearted comedy unjustly slagged because moviegoers who'd never seen Moonlighting couldn't hack Bruce Willis not wading through bullet storms (and because judging from the MSTK-driven bottom 50 on IMDb, pack mentality rules), "Ice Pirates" bombed because most SF fans of the generation couldn't stand their genre mixed with humor; witness the prompt implosion just a couple years before of the very witty TV show "Quark" after only a handful of eps.

Maybe "Galaxy Quest" -- which spoofed the syndrome -- and "3rd Rock" changed the paradigm, but twenty years ago, SF fandom still expected to see Shatneresque painfully earnest pomposity in their futuristic dramas. Urich didn't deliver; his bad. Ice Pirates would no doubt do better now.

7/10.


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