Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

Director: Mike Hodges Cast: Sam Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol

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Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming's goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash's story is mined here for exaggerated, cartoon humor by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., a central figure in the similarly campy '60s Batman television series. The simplistic plot mainly serves as an excuse for spectacular sets and cartoonish action sequences, all set to an appropriately over-the-top rock score by Queen. Certainly not a film to turn to for serious excitement, fine performances, or character development, Flash Gordon has nevertheless developed an appreciative cult of fans who admire the film's humorous approach and the detailed, colorful production design.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
UPC: 0025192064654
Original Release: 1980
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 5,863

Special Features

Alex Ross, renowned comic artist, on Flash Gordon; Writing a classic: screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.; Flash Gordon 1936 serial episode

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Jones Flash Gordon
Melody Anderson Dale Arden
Topol Dr. Hans Zarkov
Max von Sydow Emperor Ming
Ornella Muti Princess Aura
Brian Blessed Prince Vultan
Timothy Dalton Prince Barin
Peter Wyngarde Klytus
Mariangela Melato Kala
John Osborne Priest
Richard O'Brien Fico
John Hallam Luro
Philip Stone High Priest Zogi
Kenny Baker Actor
Peter Brace Actor
Andrew Bradford Actor
Jim Carter Azurdian Man
Celeste Actor
Irene Champlin Actor
Imogen Claire Actor
Graeme Crowther Battle Room Controller
Malcolm Dixon Actor
Peter Duncan Young Treeman
Michael Edmonds Actor
Terry Forrestal Actor
Leon Greene Colonel in Battle Control Room
George Harris Prince of Ardentia
John Hollis Klytus' Observer
Richard Jones Dwarf
Stanley Lebor Mongon Doctor
John Lees Actor
Oliver Macgreevy Actor
John Morton Actor
Anthony Olivier Azurian Man
Michael Potter Actor
Eddie Powell Actor
Racquel Actor
Terry Richards Ming's Brute
Ken Roberson Actor
Tiny Ross Actor
Deep Roy Princess Aura's Pet
Roy Scammell Hawkman
Eddie Stacey Actor
John Sullivan Hawkman
Burnell Tucker Airline Pilot
Trevor Ward Actor
Frederick Warder Actor
Chris Webb Actor
David Neal Captain of Ming's Air Force
Leslie Crawford Actor
Mike Cottrell Actor
Marie Green Actor
Robbie Coltrane Man at Airport
Suzanne Danielle Serving Girl
William Hootkins Munson
Karen Johnson Ming's Serving Girl
Sophie Sandmoon Girl
Viva Cytherian Girl
Bobbie Brown Hedonia

Technical Credits
Michael Hodges Director
Michael Allin Screenwriter
Howard Blake Score Composer
Derek Botel Special Effects
Richard Conway Special Effects
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
George Gibbs Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
John Graysmark Production Designer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Robin O'Donoghue Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Oakes Cinematographer
Queen Score Composer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Designer
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Harry Waxman Cinematographer
Bernard Williams Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Flash Gordon
1. A Play Thing (Main Titles) [9:58]
2. Into the Vortex [8:56]
3. Ming the Merciless [6:01]
4. Barbaric Games [6:13]
5. Public Execution [6:16]
6. Back From the Dead [6:25]
7. Learning to Fly [5:15]
8. Traitor Among Us [4:54]
9. Playing With Fire [4:33]
10. Tortured [6:08]
11. Try, the Wood Beast [3:00]
12. To the Death [2:35]
13. Klytus' Demise [6:56]
14. Word of Honor [6:32]
15. King of the Impossible [3:18]
16. The Ceremony Begins [7:34]
17. Saviour of the Universe [7:04]
18. End Titles [5:32]

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Flash Gordon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
chovorka More than 1 year ago
A good popcorn movie, or even a couple of beers if thats your think. dont think to hard and just have some fun with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most exciting movies, the characters are wonderful, and the music is great. A 'must have' for any collection.
MrApple More than 1 year ago
I loved this film as a kid. It is an important addition to my movie collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definite "must" for my DVD collection. I've been waiting on this for years! I almost ordered a bootleg copy from England. With a soundtrack from Queen, how could you go wrong?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alot of action and good Quen music
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember I liked this movie a lot... I wonder why it's not on sale on DVD. I would certainly get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My only real disapointment to this film is that it didn't follow up on any inspiration to make stories or short stories to explain some of the characters a bit more than explained in the movie. By far the best scene was when Flash and the Hawkmen attacked the pursuit ship AJAX and Flash crashes the ship into Ming's throne room.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Old geezers like me who remember the Flash Gordon comic strip of the 1930s and 1940s will find this movie essentially faithful to it, even though it adds elements of campy humor which were, of course, not in the original strip. The film's one weak point is the casting of the rather bland Sam Jones as the title character. The other actors are all perfect in their roles, and the sets are great, very colorful and atmospheric. Such special effects as are used are well done and appropriate, nothing like the overdone computerized effects that have become so trite in more recent science fiction movies. In this respect we are probably fortunate that the film was made more than 20 years ago. Great stuff from beginning to end, though it will perhaps not be fully appreciated by viewers too young to remember the old comic strip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A nice Sci-fi fantasy film that really tries to duplicate the old style special effects from the 1940's/1950's and not the cleaner more convincing modern effects--and it's a good job.The whole cast(including pre-James Bond Timothy Dalton)put on good performances.The other major part of this film IS THE QUEEN MUSIC.With only two vocal tracks(''Flash'' and ''Hero'')and 15 instrumental tracks,the group hits the high and low points very well.In fact,they watched film clips when they were making the music(again, just like in the early days).A good sci-fi film and a must have for all Queen fans.