In this update of the 1930s comic strip, Flash Gordon is a football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Hans Zarkov's rocketship along with beautiful Dale Arden. The threesome are drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, controlled by Ming the Merciless. Ming has been testing the Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming it a threat to his rule, he plans to destroy it. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world.
Melody Anderson....Dale Arden
Max von Sydow....The Emperor Ming / Ming's Floating Servant (as Max Von Sydow)
Topol....Dr. Hans Zarkov
Ornella Muti....Princess Aura
Timothy Dalton....Prince Barin
Brian Blessed....Prince Vultan
John Osborne....Arborian Priest
Philip Stone....Zogi, the High Priest
Suzanne Danielle....Serving Girl
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.