Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

Downloadable Video - 1980
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Based on the 1930's comic strip, and featuring the music of super-group Queen, this feature film has Flash and Dale Arden racing through space to battle Ming the Merciless, to save the Earth from destruction.

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Dave99_0
Dec 04, 2016

Actually, I enjoyed watching the 1936 Flash Gordon serial episode more than the campy 1980 remake. The 1936 serial episode was a black & white film and the actors had a serious tone.

The 1980 remake is a campy space fantasy. Mixing swords with ray guns does not work. Mixing birdman mythology with 1930s rocketship technology does not work in 1980 or later. I would rate the 1980 remake at 3.0 stars for the producer's efforts in trying to revive Flash Gordon.

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replicant30
Aug 16, 2016

I watched this about a year ago, and thought it the blueprint for the modern Marvel film, though Flash cultivates eroticism more candidly than some Hulk Smash moments of the Marvel films. Moreover, Alex Ross's gushing about this film and how important it is to him rings true for me also, now that he's articulated my own emotions as an adult watching this film; I never watched this as a kid in the 80s. Or, if I did, it didn't leave the kind of impression it does now in my adult years.

From the first frames that lovingly recreate the origin episode of the 1936 Flash Gordon serial, the feeling of respect is easy to see but hard to pin down. Of course, I'm referring to the "camp" aspects of this film. Considering its delivery date, I'd wonder if Mike Hodges ever spoke with Richard Lester (that's Superman II's director for this context, mostly).

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rugolin
Jul 09, 2016

I remember seeing this in the theater in 1980 at the height of the Star Wars craze and thought it would be another low budget knock off. Instead it was this weird, campy and garishly cartoonish take on the 1930s serial. They are very faithful to the look of the original movies and the cheesy special effects which has a strange charm compared to the sterile and lifeless CGI they use today. Love the Queen Soundtrack and Brian Blessed is truly funny as the leader of the Hawkmen. His "Gordon's Alive" has become his catchphrase.

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rss156
Sep 30, 2010

Not a particular movie with a lot of excellent actors (Max Von Sydow, Brian Bellows, Timothy Dalton) doing their best with a ridiculous script. Unfortunately the only really bad actor was the actor playing Flash Gordon. Actually you probably can't blame him completely, even an excellent actor can't make lemonade from manure

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