Flash Gordon Poster

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 1998

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

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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]

  • 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

  • "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

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