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Flash Gordon -- Prepare to save the universe with the King of the Impossible! The famous comic strip blasts to life in the timeless sci-fi cult adventure, featuring an unforgettable score by Queen.


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Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)
Michael Allin (adaptation)
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Release Date:
5 December 1980 (USA) See more »
He'll save every one of us! See more »
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sam J. Jones ... Flash Gordon

Melody Anderson ... Dale Arden

Max von Sydow ... The Emperor Ming (as Max Von Sydow)

Topol ... Dr. Hans Zarkov

Ornella Muti ... Princess Aura

Timothy Dalton ... Prince Barin

Brian Blessed ... Prince Vultan

Peter Wyngarde ... Klytus

Mariangela Melato ... Kala
John Osborne ... Arborian Priest

Richard O'Brien ... Fico
John Hallam ... Luro
Philip Stone ... Zogi, the High Priest
Suzanne Danielle ... Serving Girl

William Hootkins ... Munson
Bobbie Brown ... Hedonia
Ted Carroll ... Biro
Adrienne Kronenberg ... Vultan's Daughter
Stanley Lebor ... Mongon Doctor
John Morton ... Airline Pilot
Burnell Tucker ... Airline Co-Pilot

Robbie Coltrane ... Man at Airfield
Peter Duncan ... Young Treeman
Ken Sicklen ... A Treeman
Tessa Hewitt ... Hawk Woman (as Tessa)
Venetia Spicer ... Hawk Woman
Francis Mughan ... Wounded Hawkman
Oliver MacGreevy ... Klytus Observer No. 1
John Hollis ... Klytus Observer No. 2
Paul Bentall ... Klytus' Pilot
Leon Greene ... Colonel of Battle Control Room
Graeme Crowther ... Battle Room Controller
Tony Scannell ... Ming's Officer
David Neal ... Captain of Ming's Air Force

Bogdan Kominowski ... Lieutenant of Ming's Air Force

George Harris ... Prince of Ardentia
Colin Taylor ... King of Frigia
Doretta Dunkley ... Queen of Frigia
Sally Nicholson ... Queen of Azuria

Deep Roy ... Princess Aura's Pet
Michelle Mildwater ... Special Movement
Marie Green ... Special Movement
Imogen Claire ... Special Movement
Kay Zimmerman ... Special Movement
Frederick Warder ... Special Movement (as Fred Warder)
Stephen Brigden ... Special Movement
Lionel Guyett ... Special Movement
Ken Robertson ... Special Movement
Andy Bradford ... Hawkman (as Andrew Bradford)
Bertram Adams ... Hawkman
Terry Forrestal ... Hawkman
Mike Potter ... Hawkman
John Sullivan ... Hawkman

Eddie Stacey ... Hawkman
John Lees ... Hawkman
Roy Scammell ... Hawkman
Kathy Marquis ... Sandmoon Girl
Sophie ... Sandmoon Girl
Kathy September ... Sandmoon Girl
Glenna Forster-Jones ... Sandmoon Girl (as Glenna Forster Jones)
Roseanne Romine ... Cytherian Girl (as Rosanne Romine)
Sneh ... Cytherian Girl
Magda ... Cytherian Girl
Shaka ... Cytherian Girl
Lindy ... Cytherian Girl

Viva ... Cytherian Girl
Beverly Andrews ... Cytherian Girl
Frances Ward ... Cytherian Girl
Kerry-Lou Baylis ... Cytherian Girl
Camella ... Cytherian Girl
Miranda Riley ... Frigian Girl
Lorraine Paul ... Aquarian Girl
Carolyn Evans ... Aquarian Girl
Celeste ... Aquarian Girl
Tina Thomas ... Aquarian Girl
Ruthie Barnett ... Aquarian Girl
Joe Iles ... Ardentian Man
Trevor Ward ... Ardentian Man
Alva Shelley ... Ardentian Man
Nik Abraham ... Ardentian Man
Leonard Hay ... Ardentian Man
Glen Whitter ... Ardentian Man
Jamalia ... Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Jill Lamb ... Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Sunanka ... Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Karen Johnson ... Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Gina ... Exotic Girl in Ming's Bedchamber
Raquel ... Exotic Girl in Ming's Bedchamber
Fai ... Exotic Girl in Ming's Bedchamber

Malcolm Dixon ... Dwarf

Tiny Ross ... Dwarf

Mike Edmonds ... Dwarf
John Ghavan ... Dwarf
Rusty Goffe ... Dwarf
Richard Jones ... Dwarf
Mike Cottrell ... Dwarf
Peter Burroughs ... Dwarf (as Peter Burrows)
John Lummiss ... Dwarf (as John Lummis)

Kenny Baker ... Dwarf
Bob Goody ... Azurian Man (as Robert Goody)
Daniel Venn ... Azurian Man
Peter St. James ... Azurian Man
Steve Payne ... Azurian Man (as Steven Payne)
Max Alford ... Azurian Man
Stephen Calcutt ... Azurian Man
Anthony Olivier ... Azurian Man

Jim Carter ... Azurian Man
Stuart Blake ... Azurian Man
Nigel Jeffcoat ... Azurian Man
Chris Webb ... Ming's Brute
Leslie Crawford ... Ming's Brute (as Les Crawford)
Peter Brace ... Ming's Brute
Terry Richards ... Ming's Brute
John Gallant ... Ming's Brute
Eddie Powell ... Ming's Brute
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Barry-Weske ... Rabbi in Montage (uncredited)

Richard Bonehill ... Extra (uncredited)
David de Keyser ... Colonel of Battle Control Room (voice) (uncredited)

Kevin Hudson ... Hawk Man (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Arborian Priest Assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Arborian (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Hodges 
Writing credits
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)

Michael Allin (adaptation)

Alex Raymond (based on the characters created by)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Bernard Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Howard Blake (orchestral score)
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography) (as Gil Taylor)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
Production Design by
Danilo Donati 
Art Direction by
John Graysmark (supervising art director)
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hairdresser
Massimo De Rossi .... makeup artist
Mario Di Salvio .... makeup artist
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Jane Royle .... makeup artist (as Jayne Royle)
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Alexander De Grunwald .... production manager
Clifton Brandon .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director (as Brian Cook)
William Kronick .... second unit director
Terry Needham .... second assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tom Adams .... artist: skies & clouds
Emanuela Alteri .... illustrator
Andy Andrews .... property master
Ted Clements .... assistant art director
Ken Court .... assistant art director
Count Ul De Rico .... artist: skies & clouds
Danilo Donati .... sets designed by
Galliano Donati .... sculptor
John Fenner .... assistant art director
Len Furey .... construction manager
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Dennis Griffin .... production buyer (as Denis Griffin)
Arthur Healey .... sculptor
Mentor Huebner .... illustrator
Giovanna Lombardo .... illustrator
Ted Michell .... scenic artist
Giorgio Postiglione .... assistant art director
Aldo Puccini .... construction manager
Tony Reading .... assistant art director
Vic Simpson .... construction supervisor
Steve Spence .... assistant art director
Giulio Tamassy .... sculptor (as Giulio Tomassy)
Jack Towns .... stand-by propman
Peter Voysey .... sculptor
Andy Aitken .... scenic plasterer (uncredited)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer (uncredited)
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Steve Furneaux .... carpenter (uncredited)
David Ned Kelly .... carpenter (uncredited)
Dennis Murray .... plasterer (uncredited)
Cleo Nethersole .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Peter Russell .... art set assistant (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Michael Crouch .... footsteps editor (as Mike Crouch)
Ian Fuller .... dialogue editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
John Iles .... stereo consultant: Dolby
Robin O'Donoghue .... dubbing mixer
Ivan Sharrock .... sound mixer
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Don Banks .... boom operator (uncredited)
Guido Reidy .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Derek Botell .... special effects flying
George Gibbs .... special effects supervisor
Chris Kelly .... special effects editor
Glen Robinson .... special effects consultant
Pierre Tilley .... special effects assistant
David Watson .... special effects assistant (as Dave Watson)
Michael White .... special effects assistant
Garth Inns .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Martin Bower .... model maker
Richard Conway .... special effects-models and skies
Norman Dorme .... art director-models
Lyn Gerry .... optical technician
Ralph Gordon .... optical technician
Louis Lichtenfield .... matte paintings (as Lou Lichtenfield)
Bill Lindemann .... laboratory co-ordinator
David Litchfield .... camera operator: skies & clouds
Ray Monahan .... optical cameraman
Barry Nolan .... special photographic effects assistant
Harry Oakes .... lighting cameraman: skies & clouds
Christine Overs .... model maker
Terry Pearce .... focus: skies & clouds
Bill Pearson .... model maker
Dick Ramirez .... optical technician
Rick Rothbart .... optical technician
Don Sargent .... model maker
Robert Scifo .... matte paintings (as Bob Scifo)
Frank Van der Veer .... supervisor: special photographic effects (as Frank Van Der Veer)
Greg Van der Veer .... blue screen composites (as Greg Van Der Veer)
Hugh Wade .... optical cameraman
Jon Sorensen .... visual effects miniatures (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Graeme Crowther .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Hudson .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Deep Roy .... stunts (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Budd .... focus
Roy Ford .... camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... stills cameraman
Peter Taylor .... focus
Harry Waxman .... additional photography
Micky Wilson .... gaffer electrician (as Mick Wilson)
Russ Lyster .... electrician (uncredited)
Carlos Melville .... electrician (uncredited)
Geoff Mulligan .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael McLean .... casting: USA
Mary Selway .... casting: U.K.
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Franco Antonelli .... costumier
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
Julian Gilbert .... costume maker
Giampiero Grassi .... costume maker
Renee Heimer .... wardrobe assistant (as Rene Heimer)
Michael Jones .... costume maker
Bruno Lenzi .... costume maker
Keith Morton .... wardrobe assistant
David Perry .... costume design assistant
Riccarda Pierconti .... costume maker
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe mistress
David Terry .... costume maker
Patrick Wheatley .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Rita Burgess .... assistant editor
Michael Greenleaf .... assistant editor
David Hitchcock .... assistant editor
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Derek Trigg .... assistant editor
Music Department
Howard Blake .... arranger: orchestral score
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Alan Douglas .... music recorded by
Brian May .... musician (as Queen)
Queen .... music performer
Queen .... music producer
John Richards .... music recorded by
Eric Tomlinson .... music recorded by
Transportation Department
Gerald Makein .... transport captain
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... publicist
Len Barnard .... production accountant
Mary Breen-Farrelly .... assistant accountant
June Broom .... publicist
Diana Bull .... administrative assistant
John Burgess .... drama & dialogue coach
Jerry Cormier .... administrative assistant
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Richard Greenberg .... main & end titles produced and designed by
William Hobbs .... co-ordinator of action and movement (as Bill Hobbs)
Josephine Knowles .... production assistant
Charles Lippincott .... marketing director (as Charley Lippincott)
Barbara Markham .... drama & dialogue coach
Sandy Molloy .... director's personal assistant
Golda Offenheim .... production assistant
Denis Postle .... director: Zarkov Brain Drain sequence
June Randall .... script supervisor
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Philip Sharpe .... effects technician (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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111 min
Color (colour) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating: theatrical rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1997) (2000) (2002) | USA:PG (Certificate #26032) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

In the original script, Flash and Dale first meet at a Canadian resort called Dark Harbor. Although they flirt with each other, they don't become acquainted until they're sharing the ill-fated plane ride to New York City. Dale later talks briefly about Dark Harbor during her tear-filled meeting with Flash before his execution.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Flash and company first arrive at Ming's palace and see the floating orb droid for the first time, three wires holding it are clearly visible. Later as it floats down the hallway two holes punched in the extended pieces are seen where the wires are threaded through.See more »
[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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88 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
A 1930's Comic Strip Brought Perfectly To Life, 28 September 2004
Author: colleran-2 from Seattle, WA

Flash Gordon is one of the most perfectly realized films De Laurentiis made, and it is disappointing that so few have recognized it for what it is; a 1930's comic strip brought perfectly to life. The fact that it is so accurate a realization of America's hopes and fears during the 1930's may help to explain why it has been dismissed so readily as, at best, mere camp, and at worst, a vulgar cinematic catastrophe: Today's audiences are too removed from that decade to catch the references. A classic example of America's view of Asia during the 1930's can be found in Dale Arden's confrontation with Princess Aura just prior to her wedding to Ming. Aura is trying to convince Dale to slip a poison into Ming's "Power Potion" but Dale tells Aura she can't because she's given Ming her word to "try to be a good wife if [Ming] would spare Zarkov and Baron. He vowed he would." Aura, shocked at her naiveté, shouts, "My father has never kept a vow in his life!" To which Dale responds, "I can't help that Aura. Keeping our word is one of the things that make us better than you." Flash Gordon is filled with this type of wonderful 1930's fun, and this fun is only enhanced by the decision to use bad actors in roles that would only benefit from the lack of skill, as well as Oscar-caliber actors in the most demanding roles. Max Von Sydow is an obvious example of the latter, but the hidden gems come in the form of Mariangela Melato, Brian Blessed, and Ornella Muti. Melato does an outstanding job as Klytus's reptilian, but beautiful, second in command when she flawlessly delivers lines like, "Confess, and we won't hurt you anymore.

We don't like doing this at all!" And Ornella Muti is simply unbelievable as Ming's gorgeous but deadly daughter. Replying to Flash's query as to whether he can use the telepathy machine to contact Dale with a perfectly candid, "If I showed you how. But I'm not going to." Add to these amazing actors the costumes and sets that are obvious homages to the original comic's drawings and you have a movie that is as surprising as it is delightful. Enjoy!

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