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Flash Gordon

Year:
Duration:
111 min
Genres:
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
IMDB rate:
6.4
Director:
Mike Hodges
Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 8 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1980-12-05
Filming Locations: Airstrip, Breakish, Skye, Highland, Scotland, UK
Earnings
Budget: $35,000,000
Opening Weekend: $3,934,030 (USA) (7 December 1980)
Gross: $27,107,960 (USA) ( 1981)
Cast
Actor
Character
Peter Wyngarde
Peter Wyngarde
Flash Gordon
Sam J. Jones
Flash Gordon
Melody Anderson
Dale Arden
Max von Sydow
The Emperor Ming
Topol
Dr. Hans Zarkov
Ornella Muti
Princess Aura
Timothy Dalton
Prince Barin
Brian Blessed
Prince Vultan
Mariangela Melato
Kala
John Osborne
Arborian Priest
Richard O'Brien
Fico
John Hallam
Luro
Philip Stone
Zogi, the High Priest
Suzanne Danielle
Serving Girl
William Hootkins
Munson
Bobbie Brown
Hedonia
Ted Carroll
Biro
Adrienne Kronenberg
Vultan's Daughter
Stanley Lebor
Mongon Doctor
John Morton
Airline Pilot
Burnell Tucker
Airline Co-Pilot
Robbie Coltrane
Man at Airfield
Peter Duncan
Young Treeman
Ken Sicklen
A Treeman
Tessa Hewitt
Hawk Woman (as Tessa)
Venetia Spicer
Hawk Woman
Francis Mughan
Wounded Hawkman
Oliver MacGreevy
Klytus Observer No. 1
John Hollis
Klytus Observer No. 2
Paul Bentall
Klytus' Pilot
Leon Greene
Colonel of Battle Control Room
Graeme Crowther
Battle Room Controller
Tony Scannell
Ming's Officer
David Neal
Captain of Ming's Air Force
Bogdan Kominowski
Lieutenant of Ming's Air Force
George Harris
Prince of Ardentia
Colin Taylor
King of Frigia
Doretta Dunkley
Queen of Frigia
Sally Nicholson
Queen of Azuria
Deep Roy
Princess Aura's Pet
Michelle Mildwater
Special Movement
Marie Green
Special Movement
Imogen Claire
Special Movement
Kay Zimmerman
Special Movement
Frederick Warder
Special Movement (as Fred Warder)
Stephen Brigden
Special Movement
Lionel Guyett
Special Movement
Ken Robertson
Special Movement
Andy Bradford
Hawkman (as Andrew Bradford)
Bertram Adams
Hawkman
Terry Forrestal
Hawkman
Mike Potter
Hawkman
John Sullivan
Hawkman
Eddie Stacey
Hawkman
John Lees
Hawkman
Roy Scammell
Hawkman
Kathy Marquis
Sandmoon Girl
Sophie
Sandmoon Girl
Kathy September
Sandmoon Girl
Glenna Forster-Jones
Sandmoon Girl (as Glenna Forster Jones)
Roseanne Romine
Cytherian Girl (as Rosanne Romine)
Sneh
Cytherian Girl
Magda
Cytherian Girl
Shaka
Cytherian Girl
Lindy
Cytherian Girl
Viva
Cytherian Girl
Beverly Andrews
Cytherian Girl
Frances Ward
Cytherian Girl
Kerry-Lou Baylis
Cytherian Girl
Camella
Cytherian Girl
Miranda Riley
Frigian Girl
Lorraine Paul
Aquarian Girl
Carolyn Evans
Aquarian Girl
Celeste
Aquarian Girl
Tina Thomas
Aquarian Girl
Ruthie Barnett
Aquarian Girl
Joe Iles
Ardentian Man
Trevor Ward
Ardentian Man
Alva Shelley
Ardentian Man
Nik Abraham
Ardentian Man
Leonard Hay
Ardentian Man
Glen Whitter
Ardentian Man
Jamalia
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Jill Lamb
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Sunanka
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Karen Johnson
Serving Girl in Ming's Chamber
Gina
Exotic Girl in Ming's Bedchamber
Raquel
Exotic Girl in Ming's Bedchamber
Fai
Exotic Girl in Ming's Bedchamber
Malcolm Dixon
Dwarf
Tiny Ross
Dwarf
Mike Edmonds
Dwarf
John Ghavan
Dwarf
Rusty Goffe
Dwarf
Richard Jones
Dwarf
Mike Cottrell
Dwarf
Peter Burroughs
Dwarf (as Peter Burrows)
John Lummiss
Dwarf (as John Lummis)
Kenny Baker
Dwarf
Bob Goody
Azurian Man (as Robert Goody)
Daniel Venn
Azurian Man
Peter St. James
Azurian Man
Steve Payne
Azurian Man (as Steven Payne)
Max Alford
Azurian Man
Stephen Calcutt
Azurian Man
Anthony Olivier
Azurian Man
Jim Carter
Azurian Man
Stuart Blake
Azurian Man
Nigel Jeffcoat
Azurian Man
Chris Webb
Ming's Brute
Leslie Crawford
Ming's Brute (as Les Crawford)
Peter Brace
Ming's Brute
Terry Richards
Ming's Brute
John Gallant
Ming's Brute
Eddie Powell
Ming's Brute
Sean Barry-Weske
Rabbi in Montage (uncredited)
Richard Bonehill
Extra (uncredited)
David de Keyser
Colonel of Battle Control Room (voice) (uncredited)
Kevin Hudson
Hawk Man (uncredited)
Derek Lyons
Arborian Priest Assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Morse
Arborian (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
In the original script, Flash and Dale first meet at a Canadian resort called Dark Harbor. Although they flirt with each other, they don't become acquainted until they're sharing the ill-fated plane ride to New York City. Dale later talks briefly about Dark Harbor during her tear-filled meeting with Flash before his execution.
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There is a rumor that the monitor behind Hans Zarkov (Topol) as he is having his memory dumped shows scenes from Topol's previous movies.
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Kurt Russell auditioned to play Flash Gordon. According to an interview with Russell in Starlog magazine from August 1981, Dino De Laurentiis really wanted Russell for the part, but Russell ultimately turned it down because he thought the character was lacking in personality.
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Goofs
When Flash is hiding from the Ajax in the cloud, in one shot you can see the stage on which the scene was filmed for two frames.
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In the shot of the Ajax cruiser after the Hawkmen have taken it, it is seen with a swarm of Hawkmen following it. During this shot, the superimposed Hawkmen are not composited in for the first frame.
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During the fight between Flash and Prince Barin, the cuts on both men from the whips (especially the cuts on the face) change positions and sometimes disappear altogether.
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Quotes
Princess Aura: [attempts to use her ring to open the door, it doesn't respond] They've changed the code!
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Ming's Floating Servant: Halt, Lizard Man! Escape is impossible! Surrender!
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Klytus: Should we stop the torture?
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Faq
Q
Why do the Hawkmen use rocket cycles if they have wings and, therefore, can fly by themselves?
A
well Let's put it this way: you can walk, yet you still travel by car, don't you?As much as I like the previous answer, there was a small blurb explaining the rocket cycles in a pre-production note. Something about using them as emergency transportation for injured hawk-people who couldn't fly.
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Photos from cast
Peter Wyngarde