The Ice Pirates, is a sci-fi comedy released in 1984. Set in a future where water is scare and therefore an incredibly valuable commodity, it follows Jason (Robert Urich), and his band of pirates who kidnap a princess (Mary Crosby) during one of their heists. Jason and his chief engineer, Roscoe (Michael D. Roberts) are later captured and sentenced to become eunuch slaves.
I will not go into the story any more, other than say high-jinks ensue, battles are fought and romance fills the air.
I love this movie and have loved it since childhood. It’s a really fun movie that I think holds up well. The cast is fantastic. Jason’s crew includes Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman and John Matuszak (aka Sloth from The Goonies ). The crew is without a doubt the highlight if the movie. Everyone is very likeable. Urich is his always charming self, and it’s nice to see Perlman without being covered in layers of make-up.
I cannot recommend this film enough. It’s a great space comedy, but not a parody style of film like Spaceballs. This is more like Guardians of the Galaxy. Check it out if you haven’t seen it, or re-visit it if you have. One last thing. Has there every been another movie with a fight scene that takes place in a time distortion? I thought that scene was one of the greatest things ever as a kid. Check out the trailer below, then go watch the movie.