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(1980)

Plot Summary

  • 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>
  • Flash Gordon is an American quarterback who is taken for a ride to the planet Mongo with his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden, and is quickly taken in by the Emperor Ming the Merciless who seizes Dale and tries to execute Flash. However, Flash escapes and now must collect an army of strange beings to fight back this satanic emperor and rescue Dale as well as saving the Earth all at the same time.

    - Written by Miss Nichola McDougall
  • Flash Gordon is an American football player who along with Dale Arden are returning to New York City after a long vacation, until the plane they are passengers on crashes into the laboratory of Russian scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. Both Flash and Dale become unwilling passengers on-board Zarkov's rocketship as Zarkov sets a course for the planet Mongo. Arriving on Mongo, Flash and his companions find the planet is under the rulership of the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless and Ming is attacking Earth with natural disasters as he bids to destroy Earth. Realizing that Earth and the human race is in mortal danger, Flash decides to unite the kingdoms of Mongo and combine the forces of rivals Prince Barin and Prince Vultan to rescue Dale, who is to become Ming's wife and defeat Ming and save Earth from annihilation.

    - Written by Daniel Williamson

Synopsis

The story opens with Emperor Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) declaring that he will first play with...

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