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Flash Gordon (1980)

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Starring (View all)
Sam J. Jones Sam J. Jones
Flash Gordon
Melody Anderson Melody Anderson
Dale Arden
Max von Sydow Max von Sydow
The Emperor Ming
Topol Topol
Dr. Hans Zarkov
Ornella Muti Ornella Muti
Princess Aura
Timothy Dalton Timothy Dalton
Prince Barin
Brian Blessed Brian Blessed
Prince Vultan


Written by (View all)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. Lorenzo Semple Jr.
(screenplay)
Michael Allin Michael Allin
(adaptation)


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A bona fide B-movie masterpiece

9 years, 8 months ago at Mar 23 4:49
3 votes
"I'm not your enemy, Ming is! And you know it yourself. Ming is the enemy of every creature of Mongo! Let's all team up and fight him."

Let's get this straight right from the beginning: Flash Gordon is awesome. Rich in '80s campiness, it's a cheesy blockbuster extravaganza full of hammy acting, side-splitting special effects, glorious non-sequiturs, fantastic music and some of the m... read more

Flash...Aaaaaaaaa!

16 years ago at Nov 13 7:04
2 votes
Flash Gordon, quarterback New York Jets, becomes intergalactic savior all to the tune of Queen's classic soundtrack. All I have to say is "Flash...Aaaaa...Savior of the universe!" Does it really get any better than that?

Camp but great fun- a guilty pleasure says I

8 months, 1 week ago at Mar 24 18:33
2 votes
Yes, the plot is silly, yes the dialogue is cheesy and yes, some of the special effects are badly done, but nonetheless it is great fun. Like Rocky Horror Picture Show, Congo and Jingle All the Way, Flash Gordon is a sort of guilty pleasure of mine. The costumes are quite extravagant and the sets are exotic. Then you have an irresistibly killer soundtrack from Queen, who also brought us the classi... read more
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Description: When the totalitarian planet of Mongo decides on a whim to obliterate Earth, it's up to the lunk-headed quarterback Flash Gordon and his oddball companions to make the universe safe for democracy. Based on the classic (and infinitely more reputable) comic strip and its '30s screen serialization, this cotton-candy-colored trash classic deserves immortality for Queen's unforgettably pulsating soundtrack alone. The legendary Max von Sydow appears to be having a blast as the evil Ming the Merciless, while Ornella Muti, as his daughter, is the living embodiment of what attracts adolescent boys to comics in the first place. (She makes ... (more)
Release date: 5 December 1980
UPC: 014381427325
Tags: Sci-fi (18), Action (13), Superhero (9), Fantasy (8), Adventure (7), Alien (6), 1980 (6), Science Fiction (5), Comedy (4), Space (4), Romance (4), Camp (4), Based On A Comic (4), Humor (3), 1980s (3), Campy (3), Prince (2), Scifi (2), Swashbuckler (2), Box Office Flop (2)
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Camp but great fun- a guilty pleasure says I

“Yes, the plot is silly, yes the dialogue is cheesy and yes, some of the special effects are badly done, but nonetheless it is great fun. Like Rocky Horror Picture Show, Congo and Jingle All the Way, Flash Gordon is a sort of guilty pleasure of mine. The costumes are quite extravagant and the sets are exotic. Then you have an irresistibly killer soundtrack from Queen, who also brought us the classics We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody. The direction is pretty good and the acting is surprisingly great. Sam J Jones is bad with his cheesiness but he was fun besides, thank goodness he wasn't bland like Justin Whalin from Dungeons and Dungeons, and Melody Anderson is charming and alluring as Dale. Brian Blessed is very hammy as Vultran but he is great fun regardless and Topol, who was so sup” read more

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"When I first saw Flash Gordon, it wasn’t exactly one of my favourite movies. But now, it’s actually a pretty decent movie. With a great soundtrack by Queen."


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" Directed by: Mike Hodges Produced by: Dino De Laurentiis and Bernard Williams Written by: Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and Michael Allin Based on the characters created by: Alex Raymond Cinematography: Gilbert Taylor Edited by: Malcolm Cooke Music by: Queen and Howard Blake Distributed by: Universal Pictures"


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" Directed by: Mike Hodges Produced by: Dino De Laurentiis and Bernard Williams Written by: Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and Michael Allin Based on the characters created by: Alex Raymond Cinematography: Gilbert Taylor Edited by: Malcolm Cooke Music by: Queen and Howard Blake Distributed by: Universal Pictures"


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"February 8th Directed by: Mike Hodges Pretty astounding to see worlds realized like this, I had Barbarella on my mind at times looking at the set designs and costumes, but it would be way too high of praise to compare this to Barbarella in any other regard. Max Von Sydow is great and underwhelming at the same time, I feel like he doesn't put that much into it, considering they were trying to achieve hammy shlock, but also I feel he wasn't given many opportunities to do so. Flash Gordon himself"


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