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Flash Gordon


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  Flash Gordon Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
5.31 /10
 
Starring
Sam Jones , Melody Anderson, Topol
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Directed by: Michael Hodges
Written by: Lorenzo Semple Jr


 
 
 
Released: 1980
   
Genre: ACTION
COMIC STRIP
ADVENTURE
REMAKE
SCIENCE FICTION
COMEDY
   
Origin: GB
   
Length: 115
 
 


 

Three space-travellers crash-land on Mongo, home planet of inter-planetary arch-fiend Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Knowingly kitsch space opera, with wonderful sets, costumes and colours which evoke the future as seen by the illustrators of old comic books. The acting isnít up to much, but Max Von Sydow is magnificent, and Ornella Muti is delightfully naughty as Mingís nymphomaniac daughter. The plot is nonsense, but set-pieces linger in the mind, especially the scene where Flash (Sam Jones, pictured) and Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton) play a fairy-tale version of Russian roulette, taking turns to put a hand into a tree trunk, and risking amputation by the resident monster. Expensively produced, it failed to make back its money and received a mixed critical reception; but if you approach it in the right spirit, itís great fun.

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