|ICE PIRATES (director/writer: Stewart Rafill; screenwriter: Stanford Sherman; cinematographer: Matthew Leonetti; editor: Tom Walls; music: Bruce Broughton; cast: Robert Urich (Jason), Michael D. Roberts (Roscoe), Mary Crosby (Princess Karina), Anjelica Huston (Maida), Ron Perlman (Zeno), John Carradine (Supreme Commander of the Templar Knights), Alan Caillou (The Count), Jeremy West (Zorn), Bruce Vilanch (Wendon), John Matuszak (Killjoy), Natalie Core (Nanny), Marcia Lewis (Frog Lady); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: John Foreman; MGM/UA Entertainment; 1984)|
for being a low-level goofy spoof of Star
by Dennis Schwartz
swashbuckler pretending to be a sci-fi film.
It's directed in a tongue and cheek manner by Stewart
Rafill ("Mac and Me"/"High Risk"/"When the
North Wind Blows"). Rafill along with
co-writer Stanford Sherman moves it along
as a silly intergalactic tale about
pirates, robots, smuggling and slavery.
the distant future, in a faraway galaxy, the ruler
is the evil supreme commander of the Templar Knights
(John Carradine), who
controls the delivery mechanisms of the little water
remaining after the space wars left the universe
dry. Space raider Captain Jason (Robert Urich) and
his robot building sidekick Roscoe (Michael
D. Roberts) and the other brigands on
his rocket ship, that include Zeno (Ron Perlman) and
the evil Maida (Angelica Huston),
garbed in a striking metallic bra, raid ships for
the valuable stolen giant ice cubes they are
carrying. On the raid, they kidnap the imperious
Princess Karina (Mary Crosby), whose explorer father
is missing after searching for a mysterious mythical
planet rumored to possess water. On
the urging of the princess, the pirates
go with her in search of her father. A romance
blossoms between the princess and the anti-hero
The slight film tries some witless smart-aleck jokes, fails in its intention to be campy and crudely settles for being a low-level goofy spoof of Star Wars. Even the art direction and special effects are not that special.
REVIEWED ON 6/26/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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