Making Of...
Making Of...

Flash Gordon Behind The Scenes

AKA:
Flash Gordon Picture
1980
The beautiful Dale Arden
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1980 Sci-Fi movie starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow et al.
Contributed by: Troy Lowe
Kurt Russell was allegedly the first choice to play Flash and was hounded for months by Dino De Laurentiis, but finally turned it down due to a "lack of character development".
Contributed by: Paul Sellars
I met Richard O'Brien on the set of The Crystal Maze and asked him about his experiences on the set of Flash Gordon. He said he found the whole experience tedious. He did, however, get a lot of pleasure from sitting in the personalised chairs of the prinicpals. His impish behaviour wasn't curbed at all; he knew the director very well, much to the consternation of the stars who regularly bitched about him on set.
Max Von Sydow's Ming costume weighed over 70 pounds and he could only stand in it for a few minutes at a time.
The psychedelic color effects throughout the Ming universe were accomplished by swirling multicolored dyes through creatively-lit tanks of water.
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Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
Originally, there was supposed to be a sword fight between Flas and Ming. Does anyone have any further details?
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Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: Flash Fan
The VHS version with the orange sleeve, is a tighter cut of the film, leaving out many little crucial scenes (like the part when Dale breaks out of Ming's palace and shoots a couple of palace guards with a laser rifle). On cable or satellite or an old copy with the gold sleeve, it is the "uncut" version.
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