Flash Gordon's football fight (1980)


50 Responses to “Flash Gordon's football fight (1980)”

  1. figital says:

    Dino De Laurentiis RIP

  2. Remy Porter says:

    I love this movie so much.

  3. Tarliman says:

    We did make a Doctor Who movie. See the one with Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. It’s why the Brits will never let us make another one.

  4. Theo Grace says:

    And the Doctor Who film is the reason America should be allowed nowhere near it, not to discredit Flash Gordon, an epic film, but American studios can never be trusted with Who, never again!

    Apologies, saw the last message appear while I was logging in, will leave this here anyway.

  5. geekd says:

    Saw Flash Gordon in the theateras a child.  Loved it then, and I love it now for completely different reasons.  “Hawkmen, DIVE!”

  6. eviladrian says:

    Or why Brian May, astrophysicist, should get to score an episode of Doctor Who!

  7. Jim Saul says:

    I was barely half way through glancing at the headline when the Queen theme was thundering through my consciousness.



  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Interested parties may want to know that Sam J. Jones (Flash) did a fully nude spread for Playgirl, easily found online.  And now he runs “a firm that specialises in corporate security and hostage extraction.”

  9. rtresco says:

    Classic. Deep Roy billed as “Princess Aura’s Pet “.

  10. CHilke says:

    There were days of riots and mayhem on the plant Mongo after this clip was released

  11. Boundegar says:

    You see, this is exactly what’s wrong with Breaking Bad.  It needs more exotic costumes, and football-themed fight choreography.

  12. Cazmonster says:

    Princess Aura…

    I’ll be in my bunk. 

  13. Snig says:

    Brian Blessed’s sedate performance in this is wonderful. 

  14. TimRowledge says:

    What Tarliman & Theo said above. 
    Also, I thought Brian Blessed had passed away, but it turns out…
    “Brian’s… alive?”

  15. Donald Petersen says:

    If only the dodgeball games of my youth contained such marvelous clangs!

  16. cinerik says:

    In this, I’m afraid Mr Beschizza can take a long walk off a short cliff

  17. Snig says:

    The American Doctor Who was Gary Seven, from Star Trek.  We had our chance and never took it. 

  18. jeligula says:

    Saw it in 1980.  It was dumb then.  Queen’s song?  We used to walk around singing “Flash – caaards.”  “Flash – buuulb.”  “Macromedia Shockwave renamed…. Adobe Flash – ah ahhh.” Well, the last one is not accurate, but still fun.

  19. I have a fun story about this movie.  About 8 years ago we ordered it from Amazon as a gift from my brother-in-law.  They stated it would take about a week to fulfill the order.   The next day we cancelled the order because it was going to take too long to arrive for my brother-in-law’s birthday.  

    With our renewed interest in the movie we decided to order it for ourselves instead several days later.   The movie was apparently now in the neighborhood of 20 to 25 % off of list price this time.     We speculated that when we placed our original order they placed an order at their back end for the movie that they were committed to.   Since we cancelled they would then have be stuck with a unit in inventory and listed the movie at a discount to get rid of it.   Either that or it was just a coincidence.

    We’ve still got it and have watched it several times.  It was cheese, but good cheese with a great soundtrack.

  20. Vanwall Green says:

    Sam J Jones also played “The Spirit” in the 1987 TV movie adaptation of Eisner’s great comic, with Nana Visitor as Ellen Dolan. Flash and Denny Colt – how can ya beat that? It wasn’t a great film, but lottsa fun, much like this one, although when I asked Will Eisner about it at a Comic-Con, he wasn’t too happy about it. Both of these films had great babes, in ‘em, tho, the hallmark of the comics themselves.

  21. Nicky G says:

    The recent movie Ted has a whole side-plot regarding Flash and Sam Jones, and cocaine.

  22. Stefan Jones says:

    War Rocket Ajax is totally going to be my band name.

  23. niktemadur says:

    On topic but in Spanish, hope Xeni takes a look at this and has a good laugh.  Get well soon, Xeni.
    Mexican comic-strip legend Trino dubbed some old b/w matinee serials in his own inimitable style, as a weekly comic vignette for a Sunday news show.  Batman and Superman got the treatment, and so did Flash Gordon, here’s one installment.

    Trino also did a filthy, politically incorrect, cult-favorite dub of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, the werewolf episode, easily found on YouTube as Trino + Viaje Al Fondo Del Mar.

  24. The movie was released by a American studio and had two Americans in the lead roles.

    It was directed by a Brit, had Europeans in almost all the supporting roles, the shooting drafts were written by a Frenchman, and it was filmed in England and Scotland by a mostly British production crew for a UK production company.

    No, I don’t think the U.S. gets most of the credit for this one.

  25. nigex says:

    When this came out, I had no idea who Sam J. Jones was, and consequently the wierd running-and-catching game in the middle made no sense at all.
    But then in Britain, we only have proper football.

  26. Kimmo says:

    Has anyone come across the expression, ‘in more trouble than Flash Gordon’ or is that just an Aussie thing?

    Sure seemed to outlast its relevance… reckon I’ve heard it at least once in the last ten years.

  27. petertrepan says:

    That scene is not just off the hook, it’s… it’s… it’s flying blind on a rocketcycle!

  28. Jon Paradise says:

    Oh, dear lord. 

    When I was a kid I saw that movie and it was made of awesome with a side of awesomeballs slathered in awesomesauce.
    The scene with the . . . well, as I remembered it as a 20-something, there were wriggling worms where those technicians’ eyes had been. When I saw it as an adult (god save me) they were just … wires.

    I’m afraid that happened over and over with this movie as it went on.

    On the other hand, watching it as part of Bad Movie Night later on, that was good fun.

    But it was SUCH a disappointment when I watched it for the first time, expecting the original awesome…

  29. herartsheloves says:

    Going by the quality of this season of Doctor Who, thus far, Americans should even be allowed to watch Doctor Who. Somehow, I blame BBC America’s cheese-tastic annoyingly pointless nerdist specials. 

  30. Tribune says:

    I wasted almost 2 hours of time watching various things from the 80′s on you-tube thanks to this post :)

  31. madopal says:

    I saw this movie 13 times in the theaters as a kid.  I am glad to see others realize how Airwolf this movie was before Airwolf. It was hard continuing to talk people into taking me.  I even talked my grandfather into taking me to a 10 pm show where I think we were the only two in the audience.

    I sat there and did the whole intro.  
    - Klytus, I’m bored.  What plaything can you offer me today?  
    - An obscure body in the SK system, your Majesty.  The inhabitants refer to it as the planet “Earth.”  
    - How peaceful it looks.  [glowing ring sound]  [Ming cackles]  
    - Most effective, your Majesty!  Will you destroy this “Earth?”
    - Later.  I like to play with things awhile….before annihilation. [more Ming cackling]
    [cue Queen]

    I still remember what a thrill it was to see a jukebox that had Flash’s Theme on it, because the b-side was, in fact, Football Fight.
    People never understood what the heck it was if you played it. It had movie samples and everything, down to Sam J. Jones’ football calls and Melody Anderson’s cheeseball cheerleading. “Are your men on the right pills? Maybe you should execute their trainer.”

  32. OtherMichael says:

    In college during finals-cram-sessions, we’d eventually just give up and go over to the library to watch this (they had a weird video collection for a college. No idea how this one snuck in.).

    Ah, VHS….

  33. Klaus Æ. Mogensen says:

    “Everybody rejoice and be merry … On pain of death”

    Max von Sydow is sublimely arrogant as Ming the Merciless!

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