Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

4.2 11
Director: Mike Hodges

Cast: Mike Hodges, Sam Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol

     
 

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Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called… See more details below

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Overview

Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming's goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash's story is mined here for exaggerated, cartoon humor by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., a central figure in the similarly campy '60s Batman television series. The simplistic plot mainly serves as an excuse for spectacular sets and cartoonish action sequences, all set to an appropriately over-the-top rock score by Queen. Certainly not a film to turn to for serious excitement, fine performances, or character development, Flash Gordon has nevertheless developed an appreciative cult of fans who admire the film's humorous approach and the detailed, colorful production design.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Seibert
A director treads a precarious artistic line when setting out to consciously make a campy film. How exactly does one take seriously a film that asks not to be taken seriously? Mike Hodges answers that question in Flash Gordon. Near the end of this film Dale Arden announces to Flash, while he's in the middle of a possibly fatal fistfight, "Flash, I love you but we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!" That line does a good job of encapsulating the movie's goofy charm. Full of bright, primary colors and sets that manage to look simultaneously ostentatious and cheap, Flash Gordon looks like a comic strip. Skyscapes look like matte paintings (because they are) and the costumes, while seemingly outrageous, fit right into this world. With this much eye candy, the story itself hardly matters. Luckily, the filmmakers take their narrative cue from the serials of the '30s and present a breathless, cliffhanger-filled tale of last second escapes, thrilling fights, and heroic adventures, all delivered with tongue firmly planted in cheek. All this and Queen too. What's not to love? Just when you think they can't possibly squeeze in another great visual joke, the hawkmen, with whom Flash has defeated Ming the Merciless, show their gratitude to our hero by flying in a formation that reads "thanks." They then disband and reform in a pattern that reads "Flash." Such sublime silliness is what brings the film's cult audience back time after time. --Perry Seibert
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A director treads a precarious artistic line when setting out to consciously make a campy film. How exactly does one take seriously a film that asks not to be taken seriously? Mike Hodges answers that question in Flash Gordon. Near the end of this film, Dale Arden announces to Flash, while he's in the middle of a possibly fatal fistfight, "Flash, I love you but we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!" That line does a good job of encapsulating the movie's goofy charm. Full of bright primary colors and sets that manage to look simultaneously ostentatious and cheap, Flash Gordon looks like a comic strip. Skyscapes look like matte paintings (because they are) and the costumes, while seemingly outrageous, fit right into this world. With this much eye candy, the story itself hardly matters. Luckily, the filmmakers take their narrative cue from the serials of the '30s and present a breathless, cliffhanger-filled tale of last-second escapes, thrilling fights, and heroic adventures, all delivered with tongue firmly planted in cheek. All this and Queen, too. What's not to love? Just when you think they can't possibly squeeze in another great visual joke, the Hawkmen, with whom Flash has defeated Ming the Merciless, show their gratitude to our hero by flying in a formation that reads "thanks." They then disband and reform in a pattern that reads "Flash." Such sublime silliness is what brings the film's cult audience back time after time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2010
UPC:
0025192046872
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
22,946

Special Features

Alex Ross, renowned comic artist, on Flash Gordon ; Writing a classic: screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr.; First episode of the Flash Gordon 1936 serial

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Jones Flash Gordon
Melody Anderson Dale Arden
Topol Dr. Hans Zarkov
Max von Sydow Emperor Ming
Ornella Muti Princess Aura
Brian Blessed Prince Vultan
Timothy Dalton Prince Barin
Peter Wyngarde Klytus
Mariangela Melato Kala
John Osborne Priest
Richard O'Brien Fico
John Hallam Luro
Philip Stone High Priest Zogi
Kenny Baker Actor
Peter Brace Actor
Andrew Bradford Actor
Jim Carter Azurdian Man
Celeste Actor
Irene Champlin Actor
Imogen Claire Actor
Graeme Crowther Battle Room Controller
Malcolm Dixon Actor
Peter Duncan Young Treeman
Michael Edmonds Actor
Terry Forrestal Actor
Leon Greene Colonel in Battle Control Room
George Harris Prince of Ardentia
John Hollis Klytus' Observer
Richard Jones Dwarf
Stanley Lebor Mongon Doctor
John Lees Actor
Oliver Macgreevy Actor
John Morton Actor
Anthony Olivier Azurian Man
Michael Potter Actor
Eddie Powell Actor
Racquel Actor
Terry Richards Ming's Brute
Ken Roberson Actor
Tiny Ross Actor
Deep Roy Princess Aura's Pet
Roy Scammell Hawkman
Eddie Stacey Actor
John Sullivan Hawkman
Burnell Tucker Airline Pilot
Trevor Ward Actor
Frederick Warder Actor
Chris Webb Actor
David Neal Captain of Ming's Air Force
Leslie Crawford Actor
Mike Cottrell Actor
Marie Green Actor
Robbie Coltrane Man at Airport
Suzanne Danielle Serving Girl
William Hootkins Munson
Karen Johnson Ming's Serving Girl
Sophie Sandmoon Girl
Viva Cytherian Girl
Bobbie Brown Hedonia

Technical Credits
Michael Hodges Director
Michael Allin Screenwriter
Howard Blake Score Composer
Derek Botel Special Effects
Richard Conway Special Effects
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
George Gibbs Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
John Graysmark Production Designer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Robin O'Donoghue Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Oakes Cinematographer
Queen Score Composer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Designer
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Harry Waxman Cinematographer
Bernard Williams Executive Producer

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