Flash Gordon

1980, Movie, PG, 110 mins

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The only good thing about this would-be camp version of the classic 1936 serial is the impressive production design by Danilo Donati. Sam J. Jones, who plays the title character, has to rank as one of the all-time worst casting choices; discovered by producer Dino DeLaurentiis on TV's "The Dating Game," he brought so little to his line readings that they had to be dubbed by another actor. This time around Flash is a gridiron hero, but, of course, he also saves the world from Emperor Ming (Max von Sydow). Young kids will probably enjoy this one, but anyone over 10 years old can forget it, as Lorenzo Semple's script pokes more fun at the audience's intelligence than at the story. leave a comment

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