Earthlings...who can save you now?" Flash Gordon,
which was released in 1980, was actually an adaptation
of a 1930's comic strip created by Alex Raymond.
The movie starred Sam J Jones as New York Jets football
star "Flash" Gordon, and Max von Sydow as the evil
Emperor Ming the Merciless. The movie received
decent reviews back in the day, but was not a huge
success in the USA. On the flipside, in the United
Kingdom, the movie did very well.
In the movie, Ming the
Merciless decides to destroy the earth using natural
disasters. While on an airplane, Flash must save
the day by landing it after the pilots are killed by a
meteor (yes, Mind did it). Flash crashes the plane
into the lab of Dr. Hans Zarkov, who has been working on
a spaceship in hopes of defeating Ming. Hans
tricks Flash, and the chick Flash just met on the plane,
onto the ship, and then Hans blasts it into space.
Ming's troops capture Flash and his babe. Ming's
daughter, Princess Aura, saves Flash, and the two run
To make a
relatively long story short, Flash goes about the
business of making things right, and destroying Ming.
In the mean time, he fights with Prince Barin and the
Hawkmen, ends up teaming up with Barin, and eventually
saves the day with Barin's help. In the end Ming
is destroyed, Barin and Princes Aura take over the
political reigns, and all is right with the worlds.
Or is it? In the end, Ming's laughter echoes
across the airwaves as if...as if he is still alive!