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Funny / Flash Gordon (1980)

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  • Early scenes with Zarkov and his assistant, Munson, who thinks the guy's crazy and tries to escape.
  • The Football fight scene where our hero takes on Ming's guards by playing quarterback. The whole sequence is a winner from Dale playing cheerleader to BRIAN BLESSED whacking random guards on the head with his staff while their backs are turned to Ming's priceless remark about Klytus' troops:
    Ming: Klytus! Are your men on the right pills? Maybe you should execute their trainer!
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  • Dale's escape from Ming's chambers. The bit with the shoes, the unnecessary cartwheel — pure She-Fu.
  • Barin and Zarkov are blindfolded and chained up in a dungeon.
    Barin: [Beat] Tell me more about this "Houdini".
    • Made even funnier by "LONG LIVE FLASH!" being randomly burned into the wall behind them.
  • "Give me the REMOTE CONTROL!!!!!"
  • At Ming's wedding, ships fly two banners in the background. The first says "All creatures shall make merry". The second says "Under pain of death".
  • Then you have the wedding vows:
    Priest: Do you, Ming the Merciless, Ruler of the Universe, take this Earthling Dale Arden, to be your Empress of the Hour?
    Ming: Of the hour, yes.
    Priest: Do you promise to use her as you will?
    Ming: Certainly!
    Priest: Not to blast her into space? [this earns him a Death Glare from Ming] Uh, until such time as you grow weary of her.
    Ming: I do.
    Dale: I do not!
  • When Flash is about to perform a Dynamic Entry into Ming's throne room with a burning spaceship, we're treated to the sight of various folks running in terror, and Dale giving a Call-Back to the football scene by shouting "Go Flash!" while fleeing for cover herself.
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  • Long live Flash! You've saved your Earth. Have a nice day.
  • Nearly every word uttered by Vultan (BRIAN BLESSED).
  • If you're familiar with BLESSED's legendary hamminess, his delivery of "Gordon's alive!" is one of his funniest moments in the film, because it's unexpectedly low-key compared to what you might be used to from Blessed.


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