The Flash (1990–1991)
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Pilot 

A laboratory accident endows a police scientist with the ability to move at superhuman speed which he uses to battle a menacing gang as a superhero.

Director:

Robert Iscove

Writers:

Danny Bilson (developed by), Paul De Meo (developed by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Wesley Shipp ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Amanda Pays ... Christina McGee
Alex Désert ... Julio Mendez (as Alex Desert)
Paula Marshall ... Iris West
Michael Nader ... Pike
Tim Thomerson ... Jay Allen
Priscilla Pointer ... Nora Allen
Lycia Naff ... Lila
Richard Belzer ... Joe Kline
Robert Hooks ... Chief Arthur Cooper
M. Emmet Walsh ... Henry Allen
Patrie Allen Patrie Allen ... Eve Allen
Biff Manard Biff Manard ... Murphy
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Officer Tony Bellows
Wayne Pére ... Rick
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Storyline

Barry Allen, crime lab detective, is transformed into the Flash, the fastest man alive, and takes on the Dark Riders, a motorcycle gang terrorizing Central City. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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His justice is fast. And furious.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

S.T.A.R. Labs is located at 50 Garrick Avenue. This is a reference to the Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick. See more »

Goofs

The building used in the prison scene is one that is wholly inadequate for its purpose. Chief Cooper refers to the inmates as "...serial killers, hit men and the worst scum on earth...", yet there are corridors with large windows with unreinforced glass; interior scenes show as many as six occupants per cell and mixed male and female populations in the same cell block. Furthermore, Pike is able to shoot out the lock on an access tunnel with one shot. None of these conditions would be considered adequate for a prison holding the kinds of criminals the chief described. See more »

Quotes

Chief Arthur Cooper: Pike, this is Chief Cooper. I'm giving you sixty seconds to come out of there, or we'll fill that building with so much tear-gas, you'll be crying for the rest of your life.
Nicolas Pike: Who the hell does he think he's dealing with, some punk robbing his first liquor store?
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Cheesy, But Nice Way To Portray A Comic Book Hero
14 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Even though this film had a B-quality feel to it throughout, I liked it. For a lighthearted story about a cartoon character, maybe this is the way it ought to be done, at least in spirit. All this dark stuff with blood, guts and tons of profanity isn't the way most of us look at cartoon heroes.

I saw this on tape and I'm hoping the DVD, if I ever get it, has improved sound. The Flash, who is here-and-there "in a flash," needs good surround sound to go with the special- effects, and the tape didn't have it. I could more easily put up with the amateurish dialog.

The movie has charm, however, because of the added comedy mixed in with the action, and the likable hero, portrayed by John Wesley Shipp. I liked the female lead, too, played by the pretty Amanda Pays.

This is nothing spectacular, by any means, but a fun, harmless and entertaining hour-and-a- half.


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