Remembering The Savior Of The Universe

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It may have been released 28 years (and at least one television revival) ago, but for everyone of a certain age, 1980s' Flash Gordon remains the definitive tale of an All-American sports hero being kidnapped into space, kicking Mongo ass and - most importantly - being turned on by an alien princess while telepathically communicating with his human girlfriend. Thankfully, journalist George Khoury is one of those people, and he's created a moving look back at the making of the movie.Khoury talked to the true stars of the movie - amongst them, Topol, Brian Blessed and Queen's Brian May, who explained how the classic theme music was created:

So for the title track I wanted to portray the cartoon-like quality that I saw in it… but the ‘soaring guitars' were just the normal vocabulary of my dreams!

Goddammit, I really want to dream like Brian May now. Blessed is just as helpful in the amazing quote department:

And it [the set] was full of dwarfs and all kinds of people. I love dwarfs. They're the happiest people in the world. And I loved to chase them around the set and stuff like that. So the whole thing was colossal fun.


Even Topol offers up this helpful recollection:

Yeah, it was a fun movie to do it. And the main thing, I quit smoking on that film. [laughs]

Despite the somewhat scattered nostalgia of those involved, the article is actually remarkably fun and full of information about the movie and just why we never saw a Flash 2. It's still not too late, of course... Hail Flash Gordon! [Comic Book Resources]

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Josh Wimmer

@ArthurPDragon: Naw. I've never happened to flip past it on the TV and not been sucked in. Not saying your opinion is wrong, obviously—just that whatever consensus of its quality there is isn't based on memory alone.