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The Ice Pirates (1984)




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In this undistinguished parody of the sci fi genre, Robert Urich is Jason who leads a band of pirates in redistributing the wealth of the few to the coffers of the needy. He also joins up with Princess Karina Mary Crosby in searching for her father and a possible source of water in the next galaxy. Meant to be a campy romp through the sci fi genre, the film stops short of achieving a goal that should have been effortless.

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Mary Crosby
as Princess Karina
John Carradine
as Supreme Commander
Todd Allen
as Stunts
Alan Caillou
as Count Paisley
Marcia Lewis
as Frog Lady
Bob Ozman
as Stunts
Daryl Roach
as Fitzcairn
Robert Symonds
as Lanky Nibs
Gary Brockette
as Percy the Robot
Hank Worden
as Elderly Jason
Patty Maloney
as Waitress
Myron Natwick
as Karina's Father
Debra Troyer
as Blonde Girl
Shane McCamey
as Templar Crewman
Diana Webster
as Seamstress
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Critic Reviews for The Ice Pirates

All Critics (11)

For a far superior mix of science fiction and satire, just watch Mel Brooks' Spaceballs again.

January 30, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Crudely settles for being a low-level goofy spoof of Star Wars.

June 29, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The robot pimp made me laugh, and that's it.

November 10, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Stupid, stupid, stupid... but amusing.

March 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Everything about The Ice Pirates is done in fun, of course; it's just that much of it is overdone.

February 22, 2005 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

A throwaway scifi comedy perfect for Saturday afternoon television matinees.

January 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Ice Pirates

Bizarre flick frankly, swings from kids adventure in some places to quite adult material in others. Its a full mix of 'Mad Max' 'Star Wars' 'Krull' and 'Star Trek' with 'Pirates of the Caribbean' character types at the helm. Completely hokey to the max with idea rip off's left right and centre plus a casual made for TV look. The cast is epic (check an early Ron Perlman) but they are all let down by this weird plot that makes no real sense. Its almost fun but a little too off the wall too I'm afraid, it tries to fit in way too much into one film and the effects are pretty dodgy as well, dodgy now and dodgy back then. I liked it as a kid but now it just seems rather stupid and cheesy, and shouldn't it be called 'The Water Pirates'?

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This movie has some charm, but for the most part it's very uncertain of itself. Is it a parody or spoof? Is it a serious sci-fi movie? Should the jokes be adult or kiddie? Well, it's got a little of everything, sci-fi, comedy, action, adventure, romance, and a strange ending. I couldn't make up my mind whether I liked it or not, so I'll just say it was okay. There are some really funny scenes, though, and that's what I liked the most about it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

An utterly terrible, bumbling mess of camp and sci-fi. And, for that reason, thoroughly enjoyable for its ridiculousness. Buxom space amazons riding unicorns? Space herpes? Conveyor-belt assembly-line castration devices? Bumbling chippendale battle robots? An overlooked B-Film that delivers an endless amount of confusing, ridiculous throw-away plot elements. While it won't earn it high scores, to its credit, it never becomes tedious or boring. A hasty, tongue-in-cheek madcap adventure that fails to impress, but succeeds in keeping your attention.

Daniel Hetteix
Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

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