Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon Quote: “The game’s lost, Ming! Stop your attack on Earth and I’ll spare your life!” – Flash Gordon

We have only ourselves to blame for this one. Well, actually, it’s pretty much all Big D’s fault: Shat The Movies finally found the courage (and the commissioner) to tackle the 1980 space opera “Flash Gordon.”

Whether you thought this horny Dino De Laurentiis fantasy was a terrific comic book adaptation or just a crappy “Star Wars” ripoff, it’s certainly a film that’s instantly recognizable through sight or sound. That Queen anthem, those wild colors and costumes: This is a movie best enjoyed on hallucinogens … pantless.

Gene found a new personal hero in Topol, the Hebrew Harrison Ford. Dick appreciated the female empowerment. And Ash asked, “How many times can Flash Gordon die?”

In this episode, the Shat Crew also covered Max von Sydow in yellow face, faulty rocket designs, Chekov’s pitot-static tube, psychological scarring from the “Wood Beast” and the tragic tale of a trilogy that died in the cradle.”

Plot Summary: “Flash Gordon” Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange “hot hail” are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol) knows better, and takes football star Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) and travel agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow) is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet.

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