Flash Gordon (1980)

"Klytus, I'm bored. What play thing can you offer me today?"

Last year Pesco shared the classic football fight from Sam J. Jones' epic title role in the 1980 version of Flash Gordon. I've just re-watched the film and never cease to be thrilled.

Flash is one of the most iconic scifi characters of all time. An American football player thrown into a galaxy spanning adventure to save the Earth. This Mike Hodges directed version of the story has an incredible cast. Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless, Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin and Brian Blessed playing Vultan the Hawkman are just a few of the fantastic performances.

Queen's soundtrack always gets my heart pumping and leaves me certain that Flash will save every one of us.

Flash Gordon (1980)

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  1. I couldn't be more happy that it was a discussion with me that prompted that post. I love Flash Gordon as much today as I did when I was four.

  2. Campy as it is, I think it still holds up. But I'm also blinded by deep nostalgia -- HBO had this on heavy rotation in the early '80s and it became a staple of my childhood. Of course it became one of the first DVDs I bought.

    Even as a kid, I remember finding it weird that Ming had never heard of Earth, "an obscure body in the S-K system," yet when they cut to a shot of his 'dashboard of disasters,' nestled between options for "Hot Hail" and "Typhoon" is a button clearly labeled "Earth Quake."

  3. Herbie says:

    Oh totally. I've seen this movie about 50 times, maybe more (thanks, HBO). When I got the blu-ray and, I'll admit it, enjoyed an herbal remedy (which I hadn't in years because of anxiety) it was a religious experience. Being a massive Queen fan doesn't hurt, either. Then I saw "Ted" a week later and thought, "Seth MacFarlane could possible have been my brother." I'ma go watch this again right now.

  4. So what we're really saying here is... Gordon's Alive?

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