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1980s, Space Travel

Flash Gordon

Released 1980 Rating A in UK
Director Mike Hodges Writer/s Lorenzo Semple Jr, Michael Allen
Starring Sam J Jones, Max von Sydow, Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Peter Wyngarde, Richard O’Brien, Robbie Coltrane
Source of story 1930s comic book characters by Alex Raymond and film serials on children’s cinema.
Elevator Pitch An intergalactic dictator decides to destroy earth, but Flash and his friends go to the planet Mongo in order to save the planet.
Content I am old enough to have seen the 1930s serials in the cinema (in the 40s) and this film retains the style of those originals, with space ships flying VERY SLOWLY. Some shooting with lasers. It is splendid stuff.
A View My children watched the video time after time and could recite tranches of the dialogue along with the characters. It is pretty camp and Brian Blessed punched someone who accused him of taking part in a gay film. But gay or not it is fun.

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