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 universes 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 Raffills 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