111 mins – United Kingdom / United States 1980 – Dir: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Max Von Sydow and Brian Blessed
“Flash, I love you! But we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!” Planet earth is under attack: an unexplained energy wave has pulled the Moon out of orbit, sending it careening towards Earth. Strange natural disasters bombard our world. Baffled scientists are at a loss as to the cause of the chaos. A lone voice – brilliant, but disgraced, scientist Hans Zarkov (Topol) – is convinced that these catastrophes are of extraterrestrial origin and predicts that we only have 10 days before the Moon crashes into Earth, destroying all life.
Realising that he alone cannot stop these sinister attacks he forces football hero Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) and New York travel-agent Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) aboard his makeshift rocket ship at gunpoint. Their destination is the mysterious Planet Mongo. On this strange new world all life cowers under the cruel reign of Ming The Merciless (Max Von Sydow), an intergalactic tyrant who demands absolute loyalty under pain of death.
Originally a comic strip and later a 1930s film serial, Flash Gordon is a lavish science fiction fantasy adventure, shot on an extravagant budget with out-of-this-world set design, old school practical effects, an eclectic cast, a rock ‘n’ roll score by Queen, and all delivered with tongue firmly in cheek.
|Thurs 24 September
3.30pm / 7.30pm
|Fri 25 September
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