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Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1982)

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov travel to the planet Mongo to fight the evil emperor Ming the Merciless.

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Complete credited cast:
... Flash Gordon (voice)
... Dale Arden (voice)
... Dr. Zarkov (voice)
... Thun (voice)
Vic Perrin ... Ming (voice)
... Aura (voice)
Robert Douglas ... Prince Barin (voice)
... Vultan (voice)
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In this adaptation of the Alex Raymond comic strips, the incidents are familiar but rearranged in a new sequence, with a Hitler subplot added by writer Samual A. Peeples. It opens in Poland, with Nazi bombs falling. Flash Gordon is given a message for Dr. Hans Zarkov. Reporter Dale Arden is also looking for Zarkov, to interview him for her newspaper. Next, as in the comic strip and movie serial, their plane crashes and they join Zarkov on his rocketship to Mongo, where dinosaurs threaten them. Then, in a sequence that does not occur until much later in other versions, they are captured by the Beastmen. This is followed by the familiar first confrontation with Ming, and their first meeting with Thun the Lionman and Ming's daughter Aura. Next, in a sequence not from the strip, with Flash and Thun are made slaves in the mines of Mongo. They escape, and, as in the strip, meet Prince Barin of the Forest Kingdom and Vultan, King of the Hawkmen, (skipping over the Shark Men of the comic ... Written by Rick Norwood

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While the film has considerable fidelity to the original comic strip by Alex Raymond, there is a change to ensure that Dr. Hans Zarkov is a sympathetic character in the film. Namely, while in the comic strip, Zarkov forces Flash and Dale into his rocket ship at gunpoint, the film has Zarkov rescue Flash and Dale from certain death from falling with a burned parachute from a meteor shower attack on Earth by Ming the Merciless and then leads them to his hidden laboratory even as they are threatened by a pursuing flood of molten lava. Once there, Zarkov invites the pair into his rocket as the lava floods his lab, which makes boarding it the only chance of survival they have. After the trio escape in the rocket, Zarkov apologizes that he cannot drop them off before continuing to Mongo and then explains what he intends to do there to save planet Earth. For their part, Flash and Dale are satisfied by that explanation and agree to help Zarkov. See more »

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Flash Gordon: Where does this tunnel lead?
Princess Aura: To a thousand other tunnels.
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The cast list during the end credits mistakingly lists Ted Cassidy as voicing Vultan and David Opatoshu as Thun, while in fact it is the other way around. See more »

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Flash Gordon one of the greatest animation features of all
23 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov travel to the planet Mongo to fight the evil emperor Ming the Merciless who is secretly giving military technology to Hitler.

Despite Filmation reuse and overused of recycled cells (notably Ming laughing) this truly is one of Flash Gordon's greatest adventures. The setting and scenes ooze the imagination, with giant statues, palaces, space crafts and monsters. The 1980's live action movie borrows plenty from this Filmation film. Although shown in 22 December 1983 in the UK on ITV it was split up and used as the bases of the Saturday morning series Flash Gordon (1979).

Written by Samuel A. Peeples, whose credits include the original Star Trek series, its packed with great action set ups and array of memorable characters including the voice talent of Melendy Britt as Aura (later she voiced She-ra) and Ted Cassidy's Chewbacca lion like Thun. It's only short coming is that Dale Arden is sorely underused, reduced to a damsel in distress.

It's edgy has a great atmosphere and even delivers a twist ending that outdoes it's 1980's live action counterpart.


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