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PG| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange "hot hail" are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol) knows better, and takes football star Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) and travel agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet.

Cast: Sam Jones , Melody Anderson , Max von Sydow , Topol , Ornella Muti , Timothy Dalton , Brian Blessed , Peter Wyngarde

Director: Mike Hodges

Genres: Science fiction

Distributor: Video Classics, Cinema Classics, Universal Pictures, MCA/Universal Pictures [us]

Flash Gordon (1980)

Release Date: December 5th, 1980|1 hr. 50 min.

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critic reviews (6)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    "Flash Gordon" is played for laughs, and wisely so. It is no more sophisticated than the comic strip it's based on, and that takes the curse off of material that was old before it was born. Is all of this ridiculous? Of course. Is it fun? Yeah, sort of, it is. show more

  • 63
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The frantic pleasures of this film add up to what used to be considered good fun; good Saturday morning fun; good Saturday morning fun to eat pancakes and pour maple syrup by; good fun that, once the day begins, is good fun soon forgotten. It's a pity Flash Gordon can't be screened at the breakfast table. [6 Dec 1980, p.E7] show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    The only good thing about this would-be camp version of the classic 1936 serial is the impressive production design by Danilo Donati. show more

  • December 30, 2011 shadowman1235
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    FLASH GORDON IS A AWESOME FILM VERY OVER LOOKED FILM N UNDERATED IT WAS WAS GOOD CHESES WHICTH HEY DIDNT SOME OF THE GRATRE HICTHCOCK FILMS HAVE SOME CHESESZY FLASH GORDON WAS A PERFECT FILM I GREW UPO WACTHING IT IM 37 now N i evn love it beter more now cause u can evn apreciate that film for its time how it was made very deatiled gratre scrpting wrting direction right out of the comic i dont think they knew back than what they had on there hands but a greate over looked underasted master peace so f all thoses fan boys n comicbook store emplyes who think they r a film cridict just beacuse some idiot pics up a news paper they probaly dont evn wacth the films BUT WHAT WOULD U RATHER HAVE GEAOGE LUKAS OVER HYPED 16 year crap phantaom menace that they r realising agine or a greate sit back n enjoy the ride fealing of going to the mvoies when i was a kid like star wars empier nevr endind story what saved thoses movie going expercnce the first matrix revnge of the sith radiers of the lost ark lord of the rings trilogy alien n ailens back to the futeur rockys n the newst who blew me awy WANTED INCEPTION need i say more se flash gordon sit back n enjoy the ride

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