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Flesh Gordon (1974)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 30 July 1974 (USA)
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Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football ... See full summary »

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Michael Benveniste (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Williams ... Flesh Gordon
Suzanne Fields ... Dale Ardor
Joseph Hudgins Joseph Hudgins ... Dr. Flexi Jerkoff
William Dennis Hunt William Dennis Hunt ... Emperor Wang the Perverted (as William Hunt)
Candy Samples ... Chief Nellie (as Mary Gavin)
Mycle Brandy Mycle Brandy ... Prince Precious
Steve Grumette ... Priest (as Steve Grummette)
Nora Wieternik Nora Wieternik ... Queen Amora
Lance Larsen Lance Larsen ... Emperor Wang's Guard
Judy Ziehm Judy Ziehm ... Zerig
Leonard Goodman Leonard Goodman
Donald Lee Harris Donald Lee Harris ... (as Don Harris)
Howard Alexander Howard Alexander ... Balding Airplane Passenger
John Rowe John Rowe ... (as Jack Rowe)
Alan Sinclair Alan Sinclair
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Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player Flesh Gordon. Along with his girlfriend Dale Ardent and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff, they set off towards the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of the perils that face them! Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Not to be Confused with the Original "Flash Gordon" See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flesh Gordon See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Graffiti Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (in Metro Color) (credited on poster only)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film ends with a promise of a sequel: "Don't miss the next exciting episode - The Perils Of Flesh", which failed to materialize. A sequel of sorts was eventually released in 1989. See more »

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After Flesh, Dale and Jerkoff's brief orgy on the way to the planet Porno, Dale is seen starting to get dressed. In the next shot she is naked again, and stays naked until Jerkoff gives her something to wear. See more »

Quotes

Monster: [holding Dale Ardor in his paw] Wonder what you'd look like, in black panties?
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK video release was cut by 1 min 16 secs by the BBFC to heavily edit the forced seduction of Dale by one of the lesbian warrior women and to remove a closeup of the shaved pubic region of one of Chief Nellie's guards. The 2001 widescreen Special Edition DVD is fully uncut. See more »

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Spoofs Flash Gordon (1936) See more »

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An unusual and surprisingly successful blending of low budget genres
13 May 2002 | by roarshockSee all my reviews

The filmmakers of Flesh Gordon spent so much effort lovingly recreating the look and feel of the original Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s that they actually created a soft porn movie with real (if very modest) cinematic worth. In fact, it's in some ways superior to the original Gordon flicks - particularly its special effects - with an extensive and surprisingly good use of stop-action animation.

Fortunately, sub-par acting is common in both porn and the old serials and this adds to the authentic feel of this parody. But there is also some genuine acting going on too. The best actors in the movie deliberately over-play their roles to wonderful effect. Emperor Wang and Dr. Flexi Jerkoff brilliantly recreate the essence of Emperor Ming and Dr. Zarkov. Craig T. Nelson gives the voice of the monster a kind of laid back (yet lewd) sophistication. It's a voice that reminds me of Bing Crosby, which makes the scene just plain weird.

What makes this film work is that instead following the usual porn formula of using the plot as a mere device to show sex, Flesh Gordon uses sex as the fundamental source its humor, enthusiastically blending the rather banal soft-core porn of the seventies with the hackneyed storylines of the thirties. The sex takes the hackney out of the story, and the story takes the banality out of the sex scenes.

Is this movie a masterpiece? Clearly... OBVIOUSLY... not. But it is distinctive and original. Flesh Gordon is an unusual case where the quite good and the very bad somehow manage to complement each other and average out to make a very entertaining movie.


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