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When the totalitarian planet of Mongo decides on a whim to obliterate Earth, it's up to the lunk-headed quarterback Flash Gordon and his oddball companions to make the universe safe for democracy. Based on the classic (and infinitely more reputable) comic strip and its '30s screen serialization, this cotton-candy-colored trash classic deserves immortality for Queen's unforgettably pulsating soundtrack alone. The legendary Max von Sydow appears to be having a blast as the evil Ming the Merciless, while Ornella Muti, as his daughter, is the living embodiment of what attracts adolescent boys to comics in the first place. (She makes Barbarella look mundane.) One of the most shamelessly entertaining movies ever made, this is a knowingly absurd sensory freak-out that'll have the viewer blissfully checking the sky afterward for signs of Hawkmen. --Andrew Wright

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Sam J. JonesFlash Gordon
Melody AndersonDale Arden
Max von SydowThe Emperor Ming
TopolDr. Hans Zarkov
Ornella MutiPrincess Aura
Timothy DaltonPrince Barin
Brian BlessedPrince Vultan
Peter WyngardeKlytus
Mariangela MelatoKala
Richard O'BrienFico
William HootkinsMunson
Robbie ColtraneMan at Airfield
George HarrisPrince Thun of Ardentia
Deep RoyPrincess Aura's Pet

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Mike Hodges
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 5, 1980
    EuropeDec 11, 1980
    JapanFeb 21, 1981
    AustraliaApr 16, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJun 15, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 17, 2000
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