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Hollywood Flashback: Campy ‘Flash Gordon’ Saved the Universe 40 Years Ago

Hollywood Flashback: Campy ‘Flash Gordon’ Saved the Universe 40 Years Ago

There are good movies, there are bad movies, and then there are good bad movies. Flash Gordon, which debuted Dec. 5, 1980, falls squarely in the third camp — with an emphasis on “camp.”

George Lucas originally hoped to remake the 1930s Flash Gordon movie serials, based on the Alex Raymond comic strip. But Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis had held the rights to Flash since the 1960s and refused to relinquish them, leading Lucas to instead create the massively successful Star Wars. By 1979, the world had space-opera fever, and De Laurentiis put Flash into motion.

He first offered directing duties to ...

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