Flash Gordon Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Flash Gordon

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The beautiful Dale Arden


Go behind the scenes on the 1980 Sci-Fi movie starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow More Cast

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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".
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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.
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Max Von Sydow's Ming costume weighed over 70 pounds and he could only stand in it for a few minutes at a time.
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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

There are often scenes cut from the final version of a movie. Sometimes these will have been seen by preview audiences, or be included in Blu-ray or DVD extras etc.

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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 on Blu-ray or DVD.

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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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