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Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming's goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash's story is mined here for exaggerated, cartoon humor by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., a central figure in the similarly campy '60s Lorenzo Semple Jr. television series. The simplistic plot mainly serves as an excuse for spectacular sets and cartoonish action sequences, all set to an appropriately over-the-top rock score by Queen. Certainly not a film to turn to for serious excitement, fine performances, or character development, Flash Gordon has nevertheless developed an appreciative cult of fans who admire the film's humorous approach and the detailed, colorful production design. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:December 5, 1980


Sam Jones
as Flash Gordon
Melody Anderson
as Dale Arden
as Dr. Hans Zarkov
Max von Sydow
as Emperor Ming
Ornella Muti
as Princess Aura
Brian Blessed
as Prince Vultan
Timothy Dalton
as Prince Barin
Peter Wyngarde
as Klytus
Mariangela Melato
as Kala
Richard O'Brien
as Fico
John Hallam
as Luro
Bobbie Brown
as Hedonia
Leslie Crawford
George Harris
as Prince of Ardentia
Eddie Powell
Graeme Crowther
as Battle Room Controller
Frederick Warder
Terry Forrestal
Michael Edmonds
as Cytherian Girl
Tiny Ross
Roy Scammell
as Hawkman
Mike Cottrell
Peter Brace
Malcolm Dixon
Oliver Macgreevy
Robbie Coltrane
as Man at Airport
Deep Roy
as Princess Aura's Pet
Leon Greene
as Colonel in Battle Control Room
Andrew Bradford
Ken Roberson
Stanley Lebor
as Mongon Doctor
Eddie Stacey
Burnell Tucker
as Airline Pilot
Jim Carter
as Azurdian Man
Suzanne Danielle
as Serving Girl
Anthony Olivier
as Azurian Man
Kenny Baker
Imogen Claire
William Hootkins
as Munson


Mike Hodges
Bernard Williams
Dino de Laurentiis
Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
Michael Allin
Harry Waxman
Harry Oakes
Gilbert Taylor
Composer (Music Score)
Howard Blake
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Cooke
Danilo Donati
Production Designer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Production Designer
John Graysmark
Production Designer
Frank Van Der Veer
Supervising Art Director
Bernard Williams
Executive Producer
Danilo Donati
Set Designer
Danilo Donati
Costume Designer
Robin O'Donoghue
Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Sharrock
Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Bower
Model Effects
William Kronick
Second Unit Director