Flash Gordon 40th Anniversary

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Synopsis

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Cast

  • Sam Jones
  • Melody Anderson
  • Max von Sydow
  • Topol
  • Ornella Muti
  • Timothy Dalton
  • Brian Blessed
  • Peter Wyngarde
  • Mariangela Melato
  • John Osborne

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Metacritic

75

Flash Gordon is played for laughs, and wisely so. It is no more sophisticated than the comic strip it's based on, and that takes the curse off of material that was old before it was born. Is all of this ridiculous? Of course. Is it fun? Yeah, sort of, it is.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
63

The frantic pleasures of this film add up to what used to be considered good fun; good Saturday morning fun; good Saturday morning fun to eat pancakes and pour maple syrup by; good fun that, once the day begins, is good fun soon forgotten. It's a pity Flash Gordon can't be screened at the breakfast table. [6 Dec 1980, p.E7]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
50

A dumb and purposefully cheesy version of the comic strip space hero. Although the film has a few early moments of put-on humor, the story has nowhere to go. Sam Jones is not very bright as Flash. Only Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless brings any style to the adventure. Only for the juvenile set. [19 Dec 1980, p.10]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune