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When the totalitarian planet of Mongo decides on a whim to obliterate Earth, it's up to the lunk-headed quarterback Flash Gordon and his oddball companions to make the universe safe for democracy. Based on the classic (and infinitely more reputable) comic strip and its '30s screen serialization, this cotton-candy-colored trash classic deserves immortality for Queen's unforgettably pulsating soundtrack alone. The legendary Max von Sydow appears to be having a blast as the evil Ming the Merciless, while Ornella Muti, as his daughter, is the living embodiment of what attracts adolescent boys to comics in the first place. (She makes Barbarella look mundane.) One of the most shamelessly entertaining movies ever made, this is a knowingly absurd sensory freak-out that'll have the viewer blissfully checking the sky afterward for signs of Hawkmen.--Andrew Wright
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CastMax von Sydow, Melody Anderson, Topol, Ornella Muti, Sam J. Jones
DirectorMike Hodges
Genre:  Cult Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Screen WriterMichael Allin, Alex Raymond, Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Runtime:  111 minutes
Studio:  Universal Studios
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review by . February 06, 2005
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If you are accustomed to modern, sophisticated special effects, then this movie will seem lame. However, if you remember the old Flash Gordon serials, then they will be familiar. That serial was well known for having some of the cheapest special effects and poor acting. The makers of this movie seem to have kept to that style, the effects are pretty weak and the acting is at times hollow. Some of the dialog and action is so cheesy that it had to have been by design.    The most conclusive …
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