056 – TFFP: Flash Gordon (1980)

EP56- Flash Gordon - show note art courtesy of Kevin Spencer @ inkspatters.comIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’re talking about that savior of the universe himself, Flash (AH-HAH!) Gordon (1980)!

Directed by: Mike Hodges

Screenplay by: Lorenzo Semple Jr. and Michael Allin

Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol, Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti, and Brian Blessed

Background Info (from Wikipedia): Flash Gordon is a 1980 British-American science fiction film, based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film was directed by Mike Hodges and produced and presented byDino De Laurentiis. It stars Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Topol, Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed and Ornella Muti. The screenplay was written by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., and adapted by Michael Allin.

It intentionally uses a camp style similar to the 1960s TV series Batman (for which Semple had written many episodes) in an attempt to appeal to fans of the original comics and serial films. However, it performed poorly outside the United Kingdom. The film is notable for its soundtrack composed, performed and produced by the rock band Queen (although orchestral sections were by Howard Blake).

This week’s Movie Picks are:

Jason’s Pick:

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Joel’s Pick:

Breakdown (1997)

Join us next week when our feature presentation is Toy Soldiers (1991) starring Wil Wheaton, Sean Astin, and Keith Coogan!

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About Joel Robertson

I'm the father of three boys and married to my high school sweetheart. I'm a former public school teacher (and still recovering from PTSD), reformed filmmaker, podcaster, writer, and fan of all things movie related.

5 comments to 056 – TFFP: Flash Gordon (1980)

  • The opening piece of dialog used to start this Forgotten Flix™ review … ie the use of Dale’s line about her loving Flash BUT there’s only 14 hours left to save the Earth was great .. it was the first of quite a few chuckles I had during the thing ….

    Said piece of dialog was in my mind one of the most over the top lines in a movie filled with such lines …

    Anywho … another great trip down mammary … er … memory

    BTW … not only did Ming remind me of Lady Gaga [as mentioned by people during the tweet along which I wasn’t able to attend] at points.. he resembled any number of WWE / WWF Wrestlers … all he needed was a smoke machine *LOL*

  • Just noticed that your next movie is a Keith Coogan epic … in case you didn’t know he is on twitter at @keithcoogan

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