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The Ice Pirates

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Ice Pirates (DVD)

Robert Urich, Mary Crosby and Anjelica Huston star in this glorious send-up of the entire science fiction genre as an interstellar band of pirates steals from the rich to give to the poor, helps a princess find her lost father and discovers a source of water to slake the thirst of the entire galaxy!


The amiable sci-fi spoof The Ice Pirates has earned a small but vocal cadre of admirers thanks to its go-for-broke gags and a healthy disrespect for outer space epics like the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises. An atypically goofy Robert Urich stars as the leader of a band of space pirates who kidnap a princess (Mary Crosby of Dallas fame), and then join her quest to find a mythical planet that can solve the universe’s water shortage. A completely game (shameless?) cast (which includes Anjelica Huston in fetching leather gear, Ron Perlman, John Matuszak, and fantastic film icon John Carradine) and Stewart (The Philadelphia Experiment) and Raffill’s breezy direction help sell the funniest bits (most notably, the notorious "space herpy" scene, and the frantic time-warp finale) and make the more leaden jokes palatable. --Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, Michael D. Roberts, Anjelica Huston, John Matuszak
  • Directors: Stewart Raffill
  • Writers: Stewart Raffill
  • Producers: John Foreman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J28MS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ice Pirates" on IMDb

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Howard Evans on December 31, 2004
Format: DVD
This is the movie that killed Mary Crosby's career and nearly derailed Robert Urich's, Angelica Houston's and Ron Perlman's. It's one of those movies - like 1941 and Paint Your Wagon - that everyone knows is a total turkey, except for those who place what they see on the screen above what they read in the reviews. If you liked Mars Attacks! and Buckaroo Banzai, and laughed your ass off at Spaced Invaders and Killer Clowns from Outer Space, you'll love Ice Pirates.

The time is the distant future, where by far the most precious commodity in the galaxy is water. The idea that there were once ten planets whose surface was principally covered by water is considered a myth by most people, as is the story that the last surviving water planet was somehow removed to the unreachable center of the galaxy at the end of the galactic trade wars. The galaxy is ruled by your basic evil emperor (John Carradine) presiding over a trade oligarchy that controls all mining and sale of ice from asteroids and comets.

Robert Urich is Jason, leader of a band of ice pirates that includes Ron Perlman, John Matuzak and Michael D Roberts. Of course, the crew also prominently features the obligatory unbeatable master swordsman and latter-day samurai, but, in a blow for equality, the part is played to perfection by Angelica Houston. In the formulaic plot for outlaw space operas, our heroes attack an ice freighter, are captured, but escape with a princess (Mary Crosby) kidnapped by the evil emperor in tow. They rescue her, thread the perilous path to the center of the universe and the fabled tenth planet, and destroy the evil empire's stranglehold on the people.

Along the way, you are treated to some of film's oddest aliens, god-awful puns and excellent lampoons of space opera icons.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rook on February 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Crisp and clean transfer... excellent quality... and finally in widescreen. The Ice Pirates was ahead of it's time, blending light Sci-Fi with comedy in a manner not seen again until Spaceballs. Aliens, robots, princesses, and time warps abound in this classic... where the humor isn't limited to bland jokes. The sets homage not only the classics of 60's SciFi... but the more serious 80's Science Fiction films. Anyone who considers themselves a SciFi buff should pick this one up, as no collection is complete without it's campy insanity. Sparse on the extras, but beggars can't be choosers. Those who've only seen the craptacular VHS copy owe this film another look on DVD...

For those who haven't seen it... the sum-up of the movie is this. Take Spaceballs, Princess Bride, and Alien... mix in a blender... throw in some 60's SciFi camp and cool robots... and there you go. Given it's been 21 years since the widescreen version has been available to the public... this is a must have Cult classic!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By GARY KEYES on June 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
What a wonderful piece of sci-fi fun! I always loved this picture since the first time I saw it WAAAYYY back in '84. I have to admit, it's not for everybody. You really have to be in a class of science fiction fans who also enjoy movies like Sleeper or tv shows like Red Dwarf. My only regret about Ice Pirates was that the director didn't have a larger budget--then again... Urich, Roberts and Huston (The Space Samurai Chick!) really steal the show--check out the gut-funny scene when Ulrich and Roberts were about to lose their "manhood". Hilarious!! The story is ludicrous in itself, water has become more valuable than gold or silver. I always found it funny that these people have the ability of interstellar travel but they can't produce water. I give the movie four stars--even though it loooks really bad on tv--in anyevent, Ice Pirates makes me wish filmmakers would produce more sci-fi satires. Long Live Jason and his Ice Pirates!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
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This movie may not be for every audience.... just those with imagination and unique tastes. The "Ice Pirates" is a hilarious look at surviving in the future- but contains many of today's sci-fi "predictions". From Disutopia to space travel this movie contains classic scifi themes. Will water one today be as scarce as we take it for granted these days? The whole essence of the movie relies on the crew's search and trade of H2O. This flick looks at the possibilities of an intriguing life in outer space. It's humor - espiecially during the time travel- adds a light touch to social conditions in the future. From royalty to the slave men (What an interesting idea..) this movie is a road map to how people will choose to evolve socially while we reahc higher standards as far as technology can carry us. Some day we may fight over such precious resources as water- but adventure and fantasy will always be around us. This movie is a classic 80's flick- a shoot-em-up with a sense of humor and wonder.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Veach on September 8, 1999
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It isn't Star Wars but, hey, it isn't pretending to be! It's pure fun with a great cast of lovable characters (Angelica Houston and Ron Pearlman, just to mention a few). The actors are having fun and you can't help but join them. This is a movie to watch with a group of friends - sit back and enjoy the ride. Science fiction at it's silliest but entertaining and endearing all the same. And who couldn't love the hilarious costumes the actors (and actresses) wear without shame. It's pure cheese'll love every minute.
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