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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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Cast

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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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Get ready to kick some Flash. See more »


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5 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,341,328 (Sweden)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

George Lucas had hoped to remake the original Flash Gordon (1936), but when he learned that Dino De Laurentiis had already bought the rights, he wrote Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) instead. See more »

Goofs

When Flash is hiding from the Ajax in the cloud, in one shot you can see the stage on which the scene was filmed for two frames. See more »

Quotes

[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

Closing credits: The End ? See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Flash
(uncredited)
Written by Brian May
Produced by Brian May and Mack (Reinhold Mack)
Performed by Queen
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A Glorious Film of Earth Shattering Proportions
8 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is awesome on just about every level. It's camp, full of fabulously outrageous acting and is just downright silly. This is what film making ought to be about. Fun entertainment that doesn't take itself too seriously and with a soundtrack that will grab you by the throat and force you to have a good time.

The fact that the special effects are a bit wobbly, the reconciliation between Flash and Barin is hilarious and the whole macho test of man-hood by Peter Duncan looks like a scene from Robin Hood meets Pricilla Queen of the Desert, are not weaknesses but just add to this film.

Blake's 7 would not have been what it is if the sets hadn't of moved and Flash Gordon would never have worked without seventy miles of red and gold satin and lycra.

Go Flash!


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