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Flash Gordon

1980

Mike Hodges
Director
Universal Pictures
Production Company

Tongue-in-cheek update of the cliffhanger serials of yesteryear. If you are in the right mood, this is a brilliant gaudy comic bauble of an entertainment packed full of winking dialogue and over-acting. Purists will be appalled. I thought it was a total delight. Ornella Muti has never been more luscious, Timothy Dalton never more rugged (for a man-in-tights) - all this and a Queen soundtrack! Highly recommended.

-The Sloth

Not a perfect movie, but definitely a fun one. Ridiculously sublime or sublimely ridiculous? Jones (and whoever dubbed him) and Anderson are callow, but if the leads had been more experienced, the movie wouldn't have the same effect. Same goes for Queen's soundtrack. As it is, the real stars are the supporting cast and the production design, and rightfully so. Blessed gives perhaps the most gloriously hammy performance in cinematic history, while Wyngarde gives one of the most laconic. Great fun, and I for one am glad no one decided to make Flash Gordon a "serious" science fiction film.

-Dave W.

Note: Sam J. Jones is most emphtatically dubbed for about 80 percent of his lines, though some seem to deny that, and the voice-over artist has never been identified. You can hear Jones' actual voice a few times, though, most notably when he first arrives on Arboria.

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
5th December 1980
Cinema

111
2.35:1
10th October 2005
DVD

106
1.85:1

Amazon
Flash Gordon
Savior of the Universe Edition
7th August 2007
DVD

112
2.35:1

Amazon
Flash Gordon
15th June 2010
Blu-Ray

112
2.35:1



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Sam J. Jones
Flash Gordon
Melody Anderson
Dale Arden
Max von Sydow
Emperor Ming
Ming's Floating Servant (uncredited)
Topol
Dr. Hans Zarkov
Ornella Muti
Princess Aura
Timothy Dalton
Prince Barin
Brian Blessed
Prince Vultan
Peter Wyngarde
Klytus
Mariangela Melato
Kala
John Osborne
Arborian Priest
Richard O'Brien
Fico
John Hallam
Luro
Philip Stone
Zogi, the High Priest
Suzanne Danielle
Serving Girl
William Hootkins
Munson
Robbie Brown
Hedonia
Ted Carroll
Biro
Adrienne Kronenberg
Vultan's Daughter
Stanley Lebor
Mongon Doctor
(Imperial Surgeon)
John Morton
Airline Pilot
Burnell Tucker
Airline Co-Pilot
Robbie Coltrane
Man at Airfield
Peter Duncan
Young Treeman
Ken Sicklen
Treeman
Tessa Hewitt
Hawk Woman
Venetia Spicer
Hawk Woman
Francis Mughan
Wounded Hawkman
Oliver MacGreevy
Klytus Observer No. 1
John Hollis
Klytus Observer No. 2
Paul Bentall
Klytus' Pilot
Leon Greene
Colonel of Battle Control Room
Graeme Crowther
Battle Room Controller
Tony Scannell
Ming's Pilot
David Neal
War Rocket Ajax Captain
Bogdan Kominowski
War Rocket Ajax Pilot
George Harris
Prince Thun of Ardentia
Colin Taylor
King of Frigia
Doretta Dunkley
Queen of Frigia
Sally Nicholson
Queen of Azuria
Deep Roy
Fellini, Princess Aura'a Pet
Michelle Mildwater
Special Movement
Maria Green
Special Movement
Imogen Claire
Special Movement
Ray Zimmerman
Special Movement
Frederick Warder
Special Movement
(as Fred Warder)
Stephen Brigden
Special Movement
Lionel Guyett
Special Movement
Ken Robertson
Special Movement
Andy Bradford
Hawkman
Bertram Adams
Hawkman
Terry Forrestal
Hawkman
Mike Potter
Hawkman
John Sullivan
Hawkman
Eddie Stacey
Hawkman
John Lees
Hawkman
Roy Scammell
Hawkman
Kathy Marquis
Sandmoon Girl
Sophie
Sandmoon Girl
Kathy September
Sandmoon Girl
Glenna Forster Jones
Sandmoon Girl
Roseanne Romine
Cytherian Girl
(as Rosanne Romine)
Sneh
Cytherian Girl
Magda
Cytherian Girl
Shaka
Cytherian Girl
Lindy
Cytherian Girl
Viva
Cytherian Girl
Beverly Andrews
Cytherian Girl
Frances Ward
Cytherian Girl
Kerry-Lou Baylis
Cytherian Girl
Camella
Cytherian Girl
Miranda Riley
Frigian Girl
Lorraine Paul
Aquarian Girl
Carolyn Evans
Aquarian Girl
Celeste
Aquarian Girl
Tina Thomas
Aquarian Girl
Ruthie Barnett
Aquarian Girl
John Iles
Ardentian Man
Trevor Ward
Ardentian Man
Alva Shelley
Ardentian Man
Nik Abraham
Ardentian Man
Leonard Hay
Ardentian Man
Glen Whitter
Ardentian Man
Jamalia
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Jill Lamb
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Sunanka
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Karen Johnson
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Gina
Exotic Girl in Ming's Chamber
Raquel
Exotic Girl in Ming's Chamber
Fai
Exotic Girl in Ming's Chamber
Malcolm Dixon
Dwarf
Tiny Ross
Dwarf
Mike Edmonds
Dwarf
John Ghavan
Dwarf
Rusty Goffe
Dwarf
Richard Jones
Dwarf
Mike Gotthell
Dwarf
Peter Burroughs
Dwarf
(as Peter Burrows)
John Lummiss
Dwarf
(as John Lummis)
Kenny Baker
Dwarf
Robert Goody
Azurian Man
Daniel Venn
Azurian Man
Peter St. James
Azurian Man
Steven Payne
Azurian Man
Max Alford
Azurian Man
Stephen Calcutt
Azurian Man
Anthony Olivier
Azurian Man
Jim Carter
Azurian Man
Stuart Blake
Azurian Man
Nigel Jeffcoat
Azurian Man
Chris Webb
Ming's Brute
Leslie Crawford
Ming's Brute
(as Les Crawford)
Peter Brace
Ming's Brute
Terry Richards
Ming's Brute
John Gallant
Ming's Brute
Eddie Powell
Ming's Brute
David de Keyser
Voice: Colonel of Battle Control Room
(uncredited)
Richard Bonehill
Extra (uncredited)
Sean Barry-Weske
Rabbi in Montage (uncredited)
Derek Lyons
Arborian Priest's Assistant
(uncredited)
Ralph Morse
Arborian (uncredited)