Description: Back in a time when comic book and sci-fi were young there was an author named Alex Ramond whom for his time revolutionized the way we looked at both mediums. A pulp comic book strip series called Flash Gordon which was contained a broad and bright fantasy world full of different world with features and customs. Starships, wild beasts, ray guns, hawk-men, swords, beautiful strong and slightly vulnerable women in alluring attire, you name it it was all there and no science included. This comic series created a universal effect which inspired numerous sci-fi sagas like Star Trek, Space 1999,and Star Wars. As well as cartoon shows like He-Man, Vishionaries, and Thundercats.
This film (may'be not successfully)capture the style and the feel of the original comic series perfectly well or at least came close. Like in the comic series the story starts out like this. Earth is being attacked by unknown alien forces whom are causing unnatural weather phenomena that is tearing the planet apart. A sports superstar Flash Gordon along with beautiful but slightly nerve racked travel agent Dale Ardon after an unnatural meteor shower hits their plane they are forced to crash land, which lands them into an truthful but slightly eccentric scientist Dr. Hans Zarcov. He forces them to travel on a home made rocket ship which takes them to another universe called Mongo. They go there to try to negotiate with evil ruler Ming the Merceless whom rules the system with an iron fist. He makes other planet fight each other or destroys them for fun. After being unreasonable and all three characters defiling him he then has them separated and imprisoned. It isn't until Ming's beautiful voluptuous and manipulative daughter Princess Aura frees Flash Gordon which is the start of Flash's journey to create a mighty army to save his true love Dale and free Mongo and Earth from Mings evil grip.
I know that this film in the 80s and probably throughout a matter of time has been constantly criticized over and over again for how bad it is because of it's numerous follies. But I watched it when I was about 9 and still watch it today and believe it or not there really aren't so much at all in fact they don't even exist. There are only two major problems with this film. For one thing the film doesn't feel long enough, this is a problem because were robbed of seeing more of the Mongo universe and the wonders it has to offer; like other major characters mainly the Lion Men whom were considered the best thing about the series. I can't help but feel this should have been made into a movie saga full of sequel instead of a single movie that way this loss could have been prevented. Another bad thing is Flash Gordon and Dale Ardon, both characters are terribly miscast and have little to do. Not just are they played woodenly by Sam Jones and Melody Anderson, but they don't physically look right (they kinda look like high school freshmen where maturity is needed), and seem to not take the leadership role which made them influence events and make a difference. Their instead reduced to mere foot solders where every else does the work for them. Probably Bruce Cambell and Debra Winger or at least some other good actors would have been a better choice for the role.
Well all that aside this film is good because it's a lot of fun due to the fact that it's style over toping substance. We see colorful backgrounds and enviorments the planets contain. Effects and star ships that are both cheesy but amazing to look at the same time because that is exactly what it looked like in the comic book (or close to it). But most of all colorful costumes and a fun kick ass soundtrack from Queen that will eat your eyes whole and make your ears ring, from all this you can easily get distracted and thats a good thing.
Also it's the minor characters that literally steal the show in fact their almost the main characters literally. They have been perfectly cast from Dr.Zarkov (Topol),Hawkman leader Vultan (Brian Blessed), Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton), Ming (Max Von Sydow), Klytus (Peter Wyngard), and Aura (Oraell Muti). They all seem to understand their roles and embrace them.
And who could forget some memorable moments like the Tree Beast test (sort of an alien form of Russan Rollete) which literally kept me on the edge of my seat. Or the siege against a star ship which was just blazing with action seeing hawk-men, lasers and explosions left and right.
Flash Gordon might not have really been the one to save the day. But it was the style and the audience/fans of the film/comic series and their love for it that were the really heroes in this story.
Title: Flash Gordon
Alt Titles : Blixt GordonSweden (), Fezada çarpisanlarTurkey: Turkish title (), Flash GordonFrance (), Flash GordonFinland (), Flash GordonPortugal (), Flash GordonGreece (), Flash GordonSpain (), Flash Gordon - iskevä salamaFinland (),
Runtime: 111 mins
User Rating: 6.2
Tagline: He'll save every one of us!
He'll save every one of us!
Pathetic Earthlings... Who Can Save You Now?
• Mike Hodges
• Alex Raymond (characters)
• Michael Allin (adaptation)
• Lorenzo Semple Jr. screenplay
• Dino De Laurentiis producer
• Bernard Williams executive producer
• Howard Blake
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Plot Outline: In this update of the 1930's comic strip, Flash is a football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Zarkov's rocketship along with beautiful Dale Arden. The threesome are drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, controlled by Ming the Merciless. Ming has been testing the Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming it a threat to his rule, he plans to destroy it. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world. Written by David Thiel [email protected]} Flash Gordon is an American Qraterback who is taken a ride towards the planet mongo with his beautiful girlfriend Dale Arden are quickly taken in by the Mighty Ming the merciless who seizes Dale and tries to execute Flash. However Flash escapes and now must collect an army of strange beings to fight back this seemly mad Emperor and revive Dale as well as saving the earth all at the same time. Can Flash do it? Written by Miss Nichola McDougall Flash Gordon is an American football player who along with Dale Arden are returning to New York City after a long vacation, until the plane they are passengers on crashes into the laboratory of Russian scientist Dr. Hans Zarkov. Both Flash and Dale become unwilling passengers on-board Zarkov's rocket-ship as Zarkov sets a course for the planet Mongo. Arriving on Mongo, Flash and his companions find the planet is under the ruler-ship of the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless and Ming is attacking Earth with natural disasters as he bids to destroy Earth. Realising that Earth and the human race is in mortal danger, Flash decides to unite the kingdoms of Mongo and combine the forces of rivals Prince Baron and Prince Vultan to rescue Dale, who is to become Ming's wife and defeat Ming and save Earth from annihilation. Written by Daniel Williamson
• Sam J. Jones as Flash Gordon
• Melody Anderson as Dale Arden
• Max von Sydow as The Emperor Ming / Ming's Floating Servant (as Max Von Sydow)
• Topol as Dr. Hans Zarkov
• Ornella Muti as Princess Aura
• Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin
• Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan
• Peter Wyngarde as Klytus
• Mariangela Melato as Kala
• John Osborne as Arborian Priest
• Richard O'Brien as Fico
• John Hallam as Luro
• Philip Stone as Zogi, the High Priest
• Suzanne Danielle as Serving Girl
• William Hootkins as Munson
• Bobbie Brown as Hedonia
• Ted Carroll as Biro
• Adrienne Kronenberg as Vultan's Daughter
• Stanley Lebor as Mongon Doctor
• John Morton as Airline Pilot
• Burnell Tucker as Airline Co-Pilot
• Robbie Coltrane as Man at Airfield
• Peter Duncan as Young Treeman
• Ken Sicklen as A Treeman
• Tessa Hewitt as Hawk Woman (as Tessa)
• Venetia Spicer as Hawk Woman
• Francis Mughan as Wounded Hawkman
• Oliver MacGreevy as Klytus Observer No. 1
• John Hollis as Klytus Observer No. 2
• Paul Bentall as Klytus' Pilot