Flash Gordon

MGM Released 1980


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Mike Hodges (II)
Flash Gordon is a 1980 science fiction film about a football player who crosses the galaxy to battle evil and save the Earth. Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) is a star football player for the New York Jets. Strange disasters have begun to afflict the earth. During a plane trip, Flash and Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) crash land near the home of Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol). He tells them that the natural disasters are being caused by an alien force. Zarkov tricks Flash and Dale into a spaceship he has built and together they travel into space, where they are captured by Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow). A vicious tyrant, Ming has decided to destroy the Earth for sport with the able assistance of his chief henchman, Klytus (Peter Wyngarde). With the help of Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton), Prince Vulcan (Brian Blessed) and Ming's seductive daughter, Princess Aura (Ornella Muti), Flash, Zarkov and Dale fight to destroy Ming before he annihilates the Earth.moreless


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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 wa...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    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...

  • 38

    Boston Globe

    If you enjoy laughing at a movie, rather than with it, then you might get a few chuckles. [18 Dec 1980, p.1]

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