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Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)
Michael Allin (adaptation)
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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)
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)
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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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?

This was the first movie that the rock band Queen made the music for, in it Prince Vultan says "Who wants to live forever?". The only other movie Queen did the soundtrack for was Highlander (1986), for the movie they wrote songs including "Who Wants to Live Forever" plus many others.See more »
Continuity: When the young Arborian is struck by the Stump Beast, he is shown as bleeding light green. But whenever Prince Barin is wounded, he bleeds red.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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63 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Cardboard, disposable and tremendous fun, 30 December 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

After a plane crash in extreme weather, Flash Gordon and his travelling companion Dale Arden after abducted by Dr Zarkov to help pilot his spaceship to confront what he believes is an attack from space. Once in space Flash comes faces to face with the cause of the extreme weather, Ming the Merciless and is sentenced to death. Saved from death by Ming's lustful daughter Flash sets out to save his friends and stop Ming with the help of the leaders of the kingdoms.

Even when this was brand new I suspect it looked out dated and a throwback kind of appeal. More than 20 years later this definitely is appreciated as a laugh by about as many people who genuinely enjoy it on it's own merits. The plot is well known to most people I suspect – I know it from the 25 minute b/w `classic' series that BBC2 repeated in the mornings when I was only a lad in the 80's. But it is easily nutshelled as above. The story moves alone at a good pace despite the poor effects and is actually pretty exciting.

The effects are poor – even for 1980's the back projection is rubbish and the costumes are silly. Compare it to the advances made in Star Wars and stuff years before and it looks weak. However the vision is ambitious and it works well if you accept the weaknesses from the start. Another weakness is the acting from ranges from wooden to just plain hammy. Jones is perfect as Flash, despite being wooden as a tree. He comes over like a 30's matinee idol type, which is just what the fun mood of the film needed. Anderson is awful but again just accept the weaknesses. Von Sydow is good as Ming and Topol is a little unhinged as Zarkov. Blessed hams it up so much you could slice him and serve him with pineapple but he also suits the film well. Dalton, O'Brien, Blue Peter's Peter Duncan and Robbie Coltrane and several other unexpected Brits turn up which is nice.

If you're not sure if this film is for you then watch the first 20 minutes. By that time you'll have seen two key things that sum up the film. Firstly you'll have sat through the extremely cool theme song from Queen. That gets me in the mood every time I hear it! Secondly you'll see a fight with Ming the Merciless' men where Flash takes them on in a form of American Football fighting! Both this scene and the music are a little silly and quite camp but if you like these then the rest of the film will suit you fine.

Personally I love this movie and watch it every repeat I see. It is silly and has plenty of weakness, but more than all these things it is incredibly fun to watch! Sing it with me now – `FLASH! AH-AH! HE'LL SAVE EVERYONE OF US!'

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