Ming the Merciless: "Klytus I'm bored. What plaything can you offer me today?"
Klytus: "An obscure body in the SK-System, your majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet...Earth."
Ming: "How peaceful it looks." (Ming begins to rain total destruction on the planet with natural disasters)
Klytus: "Most effective, your majesty. Will you destroy this, uh, Earth?
Ming: "Later, I like to play with things a while...before annihilation."
And it gets better than that:
Princess Aura to Emperor Ming: "Water is leaking from her eyes."
Ming: "It's called tears; it's a sign of their weakness..."
This exchange still makes me roll with mirth:
|Mariangela Melato plays General Kala. I love her costume. Best. General. Ever.|
Can you imagine our military dressing like this? Seriously, Star Fleet could learn a thing
or two from Flash Gordon's costuming department.
General Kala (played by Mariangela Melato): "What do you mean...Flash Gordon approaching?"
Soldier: "On a hawkman rocket cycle. Should I inform his majesty?"
General Kala: "Imbecile! The emperor would shoot you for interrupting his wedding. Open fire! All weapons, now! CHARGE the lightning field! I take personal responsibility in the Emperor's name!"
|CHARGE THE LIGHTNING FIELD!|
Zogi, the High Priest: "Do you, Ming the Merciless, Ruler of the Universe, take this Earthling Dale Arden, to be your Empress of the Hour?"
The Emperor Ming: "Of the hour, yes."
Zogi, the High Priest: "Do you promise to use her as you will?"
The Emperor Ming: "Certainly!"
Zogi, the High Priest: "Not to blast her into space?"
[Ming glares at Zogi]
Zogi, the High Priest: "Uh, until such time as you grow weary of her."
The Emperor Ming: "I do."
Dale Arden: "I do NOT!"
But if this incredibly cheesy, yet TOTALLY AWESOME dialogue is not enough to persuade you to look up this old movie and watch it for yourself, here are reasons two through six:
2) Max Von Sydow or James Earl Jones? To this day I have no idea who has a better voice. Is it Max Von Sydow or does James Earl Jones top him? I can't imagine what it would be like to have both actors in an animated flick lending their voice talents to characters on opposing sides. I think it would be incredible, and Disney should get right on this.
3) Ornella Muti. This Asian vixen played the sluttiest character to grace speculative fiction since Jane Fonda in Barbarella. Who doesn't love a great slut? And for the record, Ornella did it better. They really should have dropped the rating on Flash Gordon lower and let Ornella breathe true life into the role of Ming the Merciless's daughter.
|Ornella Muti as Princess Aura. Best sci-fi slut EVER. Seriously.|
|These costumes were cool way before Lady Gaga. Go Flash Go!|
So what about you? Can you think of any under-appreciated science fiction films? Are you also a fan of Flash Gordon? Have a great Monday :)