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The Ice Pirates (1984)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jason
... Princess Karina
... Roscoe
... Maida
... Killjoy
... Zeno
... Supreme Commander
Natalie Core ... Nanny
... Zorn
... Wendon
... Count Paisley
Marcia Lewis ... Frog Lady
... Fitzcairn / Prisoner (as Daryl Roach)
... Lanky Nibs
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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16 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Ice Pirates  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,358,022, 18 March 1984

Gross USA:

$14,255,801
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Michael D Roberts appeared in an episode of Vegas which starred Robert Urich See more »

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Killjoy: I was cuttin' 'em to pieces 10 minutes ago.
[sighs then dies]
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Light-hearted comedy - not meant to be a classic!!
4 July 2000 | by See 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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