History Trivia / FlashGordon

27th Dec '16 12:57:43 PM rafi
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* FollowTheLeader: The comic strip was only created to cash in on the popularity of ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers''. Thankfully, it never resorted to outright stealing any of ''Buck's'' storylines, and managed to carve out its own niche.
26th Dec '16 5:13:23 PM PaulA
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* Trivia/FlashGordonSerial
* Trivia/FlashGordon1954
26th Dec '16 5:12:15 PM PaulA
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* Trivia/FlashGordon1980
* Trivia/FlashGordon2007
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!!The film
* AllStarCast: Creator/BrianBlessed, Creator/MaxVonSydow, Creator/TimothyDalton and many other 80s stars packed and ready.
* AmericansHateTingle: The movie didn't do great in the US, but it was a mega hit in Great Britain. So much so that it's considered a classic there.
* BeamMeUpScotty: Ming never actually says "Pathetic earthlings, who will save you now?" Except in the {{trailer|sAlwaysLie}}.
** Ming does say "Pathetic earthlings", a '''lot'''. (ie. "Pathetic earthlings, hurling yourself out into the void...")
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Brits Love Flash Gordon]]: The film is very popular in the UK than in the US, hence it's considered a classic in that country.
* DoingItForTheArt: Playing Vultan was Creator/BrianBlessed's lifelong dream.
* DyeingForYourArt: Sam J. Jones' dark hair was bleached blonde for this role, and Melody Anderson's blonde hair was dyed brown. Flash was also supposed to have blue eyes, but Sam could not wear the contact lenses.
* FakeAmerican: Melody Anderson is Canadian.
* MemeticMutation: "Gordon's ''alive?"'' Brian Blessed said he can't go anywhere in Britain without people asking him to say it.
* PromotedFanboy: Creator/BrianBlessed has admitted in interviews that when he and his brother used to play a game based on the TV series he always wanted to be Vultan. Decades later he got to play the same childhood game on the big screen.
* StillbornFranchise: The actors signed up for a trilogy of films a la ''Franchise/StarWars'', and there was a spinoff children's TV show.
* ThrowItIn:
** Flash jumping into the camera screaming "YEAH!" was an improvisation by Sam Jones, as nobody could figure out how to end the movie.
** Melody Anderson came up with Dale's cheerleading during the football fight.
** Creator/BrianBlessed improvised the scene where Vultan gooses Dale. Melody Anderson's reaction is genuine.
* TropeNamer: WhoWantsToLiveForever.
* VindicatedByCable
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The first draft of the script had, among other things, no Kala, Klytus being psychic, a Tiger Man aiding Flash, Ming having a group of Amazon warriors, and a proper swordfight between Flash and Ming.
** Directors considered for this film included Creator/SergioLeone, Creator/FedericoFellini and [[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth Nicholas Roeg]].
** All actors were signed for three movies, but problems with star Sam J. Jones during post-production (which led to SameLanguageDub) pretty much killed the trilogy.
** Dino De Laurentiis originally wanted Creator/KurtRussell to play Flash. He turned it down, because he thought the character was lacking in personality.
** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was turned down for the lead role because of his impenetrable Austrian accent.
** Mike Hodges considered commissioning Music/PinkFloyd to compose the music.
** Creator/DennisHopper was considered for Dr Zarkov.
** A cut scene had a dream sequence where Dale turns into a giant spider.
** In the original script, when Flash is sentenced to death by Ming, Dale bursts out that Ming is "absolutely merciless". Ming is enthralled with the description, and immediately starts calling himself "Ming the Merciless".
** In the original script, Flash and Dale first meet at a Canadian resort called Dark Harbor. Although they flirt with each other, they don't become acquainted until they're sharing the ill-fated plane ride to New York City. Dale later talks briefly about Dark Harbor during her tear-filled meeting with Flash before his execution.

!!The 2007 series:
* CastingGag: Sam J. Jones, who played Flash in the 1980 film, plays Krebb in "Revelations".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Christopher Showerman and Todd Whalen were considered to play Flash, with the former turned down when producers wanted a younger actor to play the character.
26th Dec '16 4:40:58 PM PaulA
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* FakeAmerican: Melody Anderson is Canadian.
* MemeticMutation: "Gordon's ''alive?"'' Brian Blessed said he can't go anywhere in Britain without people asking him to say it.
29th Nov '16 6:42:44 AM AlternativeCola
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* CastingGag: Sam J. Jones, who played Flash in the 1980 film, plays Krebb in "Revelations".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Christopher Showerman and Todd Whalen were considered to play Flash, with the former turned down when producers wanted a younger actor to play the character.
29th Nov '16 6:37:36 AM AlternativeCola
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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Brits Love Flash Gordon]]: The film is very popular in the UK than in the US, hence it's considered a classic in that country.
12th Nov '16 7:35:33 AM Bosco13
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* TropeNamer: WhoWantsToLiveForever.
25th Oct '16 3:54:34 PM nombretomado
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: GeorgeLucas tried to get the rights to ''Flash Gordon'' to make his own movie. When blocked by [=Dino DeLaurentiis=], Lucas decided to [[StartMyOwn make his own]] [[Franchise/StarWars space adventure series]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas tried to get the rights to ''Flash Gordon'' to make his own movie. When blocked by [=Dino DeLaurentiis=], Lucas decided to [[StartMyOwn make his own]] [[Franchise/StarWars space adventure series]].
5th Oct '16 12:15:42 PM Hawaii_Knut
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* AllStarCast: Creator/BrianBlessed, Creator/MaxVonSydow, Creator/TimothyDalton and many other 80s stars packed and ready.
5th Sep '16 1:16:11 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* DyeingForYourArt: Sam J. Jones' dark hair was bleached blonde for this role, and Melody Anderson's blonde hair was dyed brown. Flash was also supposed to have blue eyes, but Sam could not wear the contact lenses.



* ThrowItIn: Flash jumping into the camera screaming "YEAH!" was an improvisation by Sam Jones, as nobody could figure out how to end the movie.

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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Flash jumping into the camera screaming "YEAH!" was an improvisation by Sam Jones, as nobody could figure out how to end the movie.movie.
** Melody Anderson came up with Dale's cheerleading during the football fight.
** Creator/BrianBlessed improvised the scene where Vultan gooses Dale. Melody Anderson's reaction is genuine.



** Directors considered for this film included Creator/FedericoFellini and [[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth Nicholas Roeg]].

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** Directors considered for this film included Creator/SergioLeone, Creator/FedericoFellini and [[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth Nicholas Roeg]].




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** Dino De Laurentiis originally wanted Creator/KurtRussell to play Flash. He turned it down, because he thought the character was lacking in personality.
** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was turned down for the lead role because of his impenetrable Austrian accent.
** Mike Hodges considered commissioning Music/PinkFloyd to compose the music.
** Creator/DennisHopper was considered for Dr Zarkov.
** A cut scene had a dream sequence where Dale turns into a giant spider.
** In the original script, when Flash is sentenced to death by Ming, Dale bursts out that Ming is "absolutely merciless". Ming is enthralled with the description, and immediately starts calling himself "Ming the Merciless".
** In the original script, Flash and Dale first meet at a Canadian resort called Dark Harbor. Although they flirt with each other, they don't become acquainted until they're sharing the ill-fated plane ride to New York City. Dale later talks briefly about Dark Harbor during her tear-filled meeting with Flash before his execution.
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