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The Ice Pirates

Ice Pirates, The (1984) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  91m  •    •  Directed by: Stewart Raffill.  •  Starring: Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, Michael D. Roberts, Anjelica Huston, John Matuszak, Ron Perlman, John Carradine, Natalie Core, Jeremy West, Bruce Vilanch, Alan Caillou, Marcia Lewis, Daryl Keith Roach.  •  Music by: Bruce Broughton.
        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 disapeared when he found information dangerous to the rulers. A real Space Opera with sword fights, explosions, fighting robots, monsters, bar fights and time warps.

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I have always liked this movie which is probably why I own a copy of it. Okay, when I first saw it I probably did not actually get many of the jokes (such as the space herpie or the eunuch machine) but it was a science-fiction film and back then I pretty much liked anything that was science-fiction. Coming back to it years later I have a new appreciation of the rather slapstick humour that makes up this film, and while I cannot quote it by heart, I am quite familiar with the story line.

Probably one of my favourite parts is when they pass through the time barrier at the end of the film and we see everybody getting older and older. That part was actually quite clever, particularly when Jason's son comes in to save the day, and then promptly vanishes when they successfully make it through the barrier. The robots are also cool, especially the one that runs and hides during combat, only to appear after it is over and starts to hit the enemy robot that has just been destroyed.

All I can say is that if you are a science-fiction buff and have not seen this movie then do your best to get your hands on a copy of it. Some have suggested that back when it was released people did not understand that you could make a science-fiction film funny. I guess that had something to do with the seriousness of many of the books and films that had come out. However this film was released after Douglas Adams had produced Hitchhiker's Guide in the myriad of forms (including a television series), which suggests that back then people were quite open to a science-fiction comedy.


Review by david-sarkies from the Internet Movie Database.