FLASH GORDON (1980 U.K.) D: MIKE HODGES W: LORENZO SEMPLE JR. P: DINO DE LAURENTIIS
Although you should really be watching the original serials instead, it`s possible to enjoy and utterly despise this campy remake depending on your mood at the time. Sam J. Jones is the meathead football playing Flash who becomes an unwitting space hero who saves Earth from Ming (Max Von Sydow, who`s not bad). He`s aided by Brian Blessed as King of the Hawkmen, Topol as Zarkov and Melody Anderson as Dale. "Flash, i love you...but we only have 24 hours to save the Earth" is one of her lines sampled in the rock opera Queen soundtrack and it perfectly sums up the deadpan corniness of this expensive Dino De Laurentiis production (filmed in Scotland). With Mariangela Melato, Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin, Ornella Multi, JASON KING himself Peter Wyngarde ("pathetic"), Richard O`Brien, John Hallam, William Hootkins, Page 3 girl Sally Nicholson, Viva (from Andy Warhol movies), Henry (R2D2) Baker and many other dwarfs, Jim Carter and Robbie Coltrane. Star Jones is dubbed by the way. The next live action FLASH GORDON (there has been several tv cartoons with him over the years) was a tv series in 2007.

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