A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

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The Emperor Ming (as Max Von Sydow)
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Kala
John Osborne ...
Arborian Priest
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Fico
John Hallam ...
Luro
Philip Stone ...
Zogi, the High Priest
Suzanne Danielle ...
Serving Girl
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Munson
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Storyline

In this update of the 1930s comic strip, Flash Gordon is a football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Hans Zarkov's rocketship along with beautiful Dale Arden. The threesome are drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, ruled by Emperor Ming the Merciless. Ming has been testing the Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming it a threat to his rule, he plans to destroy it. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter, and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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5 December 1980 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 2,341,328 (Sweden)
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Trivia

During the opening credits each actor's credit is accompanied by artwork of their character from the original comic strip. Therefore you see all of the major characters as cartoons before you see the actors who play them. See more »

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In the same fight, Flash's shirt (that he wore in Aboria) goes from clean to dirty and then clean again. See more »

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[first lines]
The Emperor Ming: Klytus, I'm bored. What play thing can you offer me today?
Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K System, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet Earth.
The Emperor Ming: How peaceful it looks.
[He activates a console, and watches as earthquakes, floods, etc. start to occur. They both get a good laugh out of it]
Klytus: Most effective, Your Majesty. Will you destroy this Earth?
The Emperor Ming: Later. I like to play with thing a while before annihilation.
[laughs evilly]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are being played along with various clips of the original comic book strips, along with drawings of character models, all accompanied by the trademark song "Flash" by Queen. See more »

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Referenced in Lost in Space Forever (1998) See more »

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Flash
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Written by Brian May
Produced by Brian May and Mack (Reinhold Mack)
Performed by Queen
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The Music Is As Bad As The Movie
5 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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You are kidding me. What movie are you people watching? The one with the two worst lead actors in the whole year of 1980? Jones and Anderson, yes I thought it was Hepburn and Tracy. There are some good actors in the cast but the director gets terrible readings out of them. Blessed, Dalton and Topol showed later they were great actors you would never know it here. The worst special effects you will ever see. The kingdoms look like they were made by a four year old. The only and I mean the only reason to watch this piece of crap is Max Von Sydow as Ming; as he showed in Needful Things the man could not give a bad performance. Jones doesn't just tackle Ming's soldiers but every scene's credibility with his terrible acting. He disappeared for a reason, people. He never was lead actor again; this was not a coincidence. The dorky humor that falls flat; do not tell me it is satire. No, Buckaroo Banzai, that was satire this is a crappy film based on a bad serial from the 20s that was actually better than this movie. Buster Crabbe was Marlon Brando next to Jones. One bad joke after another,"tell me more about this man Houdini." You laughed at that?

Did you like the matte backgrounds that looked like someone's pastel lesson in third grade art class? How about the Hawkman with the wires plainly in the frame? Yes, that attack on the giant red suppository: how realistic? Look, satire requires intelligence behind it, this movie has none. I grew up in the 80s, Queen has always sucked. This is not the first movie they wiped out. Check out Highlander; they loved, teeth rattling, screeching guitars to conceal how badly they sang. It is the same here; the attack at the end comes with one or two notes played at glass shattering volume. Yes, Flash: He sucks Badly!! King of the Retarded!! Ohhh! They stink, OK, they had three or four hit songs the rest all sucked badly. The realism of three or four hawk-man landing on the ship with thirty ming zombies firing at them; this makes Sly and Arnie look like Alien.

It is quite a symmetrical film; perfect balance, the music stinks as badly as the cheese-ball, ham bone crap that comic book movie aficionados think is satire. No, it is just a lousy, poorly acted piece of crap, sorry. It stunk it up so badly that it was taken away from the theaters in about three weeks. See, back then people read these things called books. They came with small print and no big pictures featuring people wearing capes. I have no doubt if it were released today it would make hundreds of millions; it finally found its audience.


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