Flash Gordon (1980, Sam Jones, Melody Anderson)

Poster for the movie "Flash Gordon"
PG 111 min - Science Fiction - 1 September 1980
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Mike Hodges' kitsch update of the 1930s comic strip and film series, starring Sam J Jones. American football star Flash Gordon (Jones) is transported, along with the beautiful Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), by Dr Zarkov (Topol) into the extraterrestrial realm of the most evil ruler in the universe, the Emperor Ming (Max von Sydow). Only by uniting those under Ming's merciless rule to join his revolution can Flash save Earth from destruction. The unashamedly over-the-top Queen soundtrack is matched by Danilo Donati's effervescent production design.

Also starring Brian Blessed as the chief of the Hawkmen, Timothy Dalton as the leader of the Treemen, and Ornella Muti as Ming's daughter, whose lascivious designs on Flash are just one of the challenges he must overcome if he's to end Ming's tyranny.

Director:  Mike Hodges
Producer:  Dino De Laurentiis
Composer:  Howard Blake
Director of Photography:  Gilbert Taylor


Production Details

Production Companies:  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Starling Films

Release Date:  1 September 1980

Running Time:  1 h 51 min

Genres: Science Fiction

Language:  English

Tagline: He'll save every one of us!

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $35,000,000
Revenue:  $27,107,960