USA Today - 07/30/1993
"...A guilty pleasure, thanks to Danilo Donati's great sets..."
Total Film - 09/01/2000
"...It all balances out as a sort of WIZARD OF OZ adventure experience..."
Empire - 09/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]elightfully unexpected....It's fast, fun, trashy in the best sense of the word, beautifully designed..."
Total Film - 10/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[This] showcases Danilo Donati's production design in all its cheesy glory..."
New York football star Flash Gordon vaults into outer space to battle the nefarious Ming, supreme ruler of the planet Mongo. Ming intends to conquer planet earth, and hunky Flash teams up with several of his daring female admirers, as well as the brilliant Dr. Zarkov, in an effort to thwart the monomaniacal evil-doer. Features a fun score by rock group Queen.
Big Battles |
Cult Film |
Good Vs. Evil |
Space Opera |
Additional credits include: John Osborne (as an Arborian Priest); Richard O'Brien (as Fico); John Hallam (as Luro); Philip Stone (as Zogi, The High Priest); Denis Postle (Director of the Zarkov brain-drain sequence)
Color by Technicolor; filmed in the Todd-AO 35 widescreen process.
Estimated budget: $20,000,000 - $35,000,000
Based on characters created by Alex Raymond for his long-running King Features comic strip.
Previous Flash Gordon films include: "Spaceship to the Unknown" (1936); "The Deadly Ray from Mars" (1938; aka "Flash Gordon: Mars Attacks the World"); and "Purple Death from Outer Space" (1940). All three of these features were edited versions of longer serials released by Universal the same year. The serials are, respectively, "Flash Gordon" (1936), "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (1938), and "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" (1940). Former Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe played Flash Gordon in all of these early incarnations. In 1974 a soft-core parody of the Gordon films was released, entitled "Flesh Gordon". And Filmation Studios produced an animated version, "Flash Gordon to Save the Earth", in 1990.