Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

Mike Hodges (1980)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Aiming for the tongue-in-cheek frivolity of the 1930s Buster Crabbe adventures, this big-budget fantasy from director Mike Hodges is great fun, providing you ignore the plot altogether and concentrate on the corny performances and cheesy special effects. Although Ornella Muti makes a wonderfully witty Princess Aura, it's Max von Sydow who runs away with the picture as the dastardly Emperor Ming. However, the sheer badness of Sam J Jones as Flash (whose dialogue had to be dubbed by another actor) and Melody Anderson as Dale Arden also adds to the charm of this expensive sci-fi pantomime.


American football quarterback Flash Gordon and journalist Dale Arden find themselves aboard a rocket ship designed by scientist Dr Zarkov, who intends to travel across space to locate the source of recent natural disasters. The three arrive on the planet Mongo, where they soon learn that the attacks are the responsibility of evil emperor Ming the Merciless, who is planning to destroy the Earth. Sci-fi comic-strip adventure, with Sam J Jones, Max von Sydow, Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Topol, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Peter Wyngarde and Mariangela Melato. Featuring music by Queen.

Cast & Crew

Flash Gordon Sam Jones
Dale Arden Melody Anderson
Dr Hans Zarkov Topol
Emperor Ming Max von Sydow
Princess Aura Ornella Muti
Prince Barin Timothy Dalton
Prince Vultan Brian Blessed
Klytus Peter Wyngarde
Kala Mariangela Melato
Arborian priest John Osborne
Fico Richard O'Brien
Luro John Hallam
Serving girl Suzanne Danielle
Director Mike Hodges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and language Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray