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Flash Gordon (1980)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Mike Hodges

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About the Movie

Prepare to save the universe with the King of the Impossible! Alex Raymond's famous comic strip blasts to life in the timeless sci-fi cult adventure Flash Gordon! When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon unwittingly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where—with assistance from beautiful Dale Arden—he'll take on Ming the Merciless and rescue humankind.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 38
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The expensive new version of Flash Gordon is a lot more gaudy, and just as dumb, as the original series starring Buster Crabbe. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 14, 2010

Fresh: Is it fun? Yeah, sort of, it is. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A respectable time-waster. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There's plenty of colourful fun and an awful lot of men in tights. Don't listen to its pofaced detractors -- for sheer cinema fun, Flash Gordon can't be beaten. – Film4, Apr 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Cult classic for a reason

Let's face it, we have a stellar cast having a rip roaring good time camping it up, and killer soundtrack from Queen, combined with amazing retro sets and costumes straight out of pulp 40's serials. The cheesy effects are a perfect fit in a movie designed to capture the fun and silliness of those old serials. This movie has been a favorite for years, because it's just hard to find scripts with lines like: "Flash! I love you too, but we only have 12 hours to save the Earth!"


This movie was one I would watch when I was younger. Its plot is ok and the actors are a little over the top. Even with the subpar graphics and special effects for some reason I can watch this movie over and over again. I guess thats why it is a "cult" classic.


So terribly bad its good. A lot of the stuff was a little cheesy and not even worthy of being a B movie. Though you can't help but remember it.

Flash Gordon (1980)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1980

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