PG | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.
Director Mike Hodges, referring to the production problems that plagued the film, once called it "the only improvised $27 million movie ever made."
The Emperor Ming:
Klytus, I'm bored. What play thing can you offer me today?
Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K System, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet... Earth.
The Emperor Ming: How peaceful it looks.
Klytus: Most effective, Your Majesty! Will you destroy this, er, Earth?
The Emperor Ming: ...
On Ming's console listing catastrophes, Typhoon and Hurricane are listed as separate items. Typhoons and Hurricanes are the same weather system and are just called by different names around the globe.
The opening credits are being played along with various clips of the original comic book strips, along with drawings of character models, all accompanied by the trademark song "Flash" by Queen.
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