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Director:
Writers:
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)
Michael Allin (adaptation)
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Release Date:
5 December 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He'll save every one of us! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It all works in this case See more (234 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Queen 
 
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)
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)
 
Stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Graeme Crowther .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Hudson .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Deep Roy .... stunts (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)
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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Runtime:
111 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (colour) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Arnold Schwarzenegger was turned down for the lead role because of his impenetrable Austrian accent.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: There are many blue-screen compositions where characters or items appear partly transparent. This is probably due to the copying process for the travelling mattes that were used to superimpose the effects shots over one another.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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Soundtrack:
FlashSee more »

FAQ

Why do the Hawkmen use rocket cycles if they have wings and, therefore, can fly by themselves?
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87 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
It all works in this case, 3 August 2000
Author: (patrick.hunter@csun.edu) from Northridge, Ca

Some people aren't too fond of this version; it failed at the box office and many fans hate the camp, which, for me, works in this case. Unlike the Christopher Reeves SUPERMAN and others, the camp makes fun of the heroes, and not the villains (some of us like to take our villains seriously, and do not like them to made to look silly, thank you very much).

The filmmakers were obviously aware of, and aimed to incorporate, everything attached to Flash Gordon---from Raymond's comic strip, to the old Universal serials, to the semi-pornographic parody "Flesh Gordon," to even the post-STAR WARS mythology that audiences in the eighties would expect. Surprisingly, for such a diverse melange, it actually works.

Unlike the other space movies of the time, this film emphasized sets and costumes rather than visual effects, and as a result its overall look dates less than many spaceoperas of the late seventies/early eighties. For those who dismiss it--and there are many--be aware that there are also many of us who love it and have re-watched more than you. It's deligtfully rewatchable and nowadays is an indisputable example of what is termed a cult film.

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