Parents' Guide to

Flash Gordon (1980)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sci-fi comic-strip movie is too intense for younger kids.

Movie PG 1980 122 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+


I put the age range for 10 and up because yeah this movie can get quite violent with its whipping scenes but it shouldn't be too bad for kids to watch this movie is literally my childhood I'm 18 now and i watched this on a re release with my dad in theatres and this is such an underrated movie it really doesn't get the credit it deserves which it should because this is the best movie ever made its fucking amazing i recently showed this to my girlfriend we went to a screening of Flash Gordon at a private screening of course and she loved it and she was singing along to queens flash theme so was i too i also don't know if the eroticism of princess aura would have a caution for adults for their kids seeing well Ornella muti act seductive throughout the entire movie it shouldn't be a concern but she is a very seductive woman and Ornella muti is hot as fuck in this even in real life as a 68 year old in 2023
age 12+

i love this movie :)

i grew up with movies like this... I think its a good movie :) some things are a bit innappropriate but its nothing to bad... if anything the movie is really cheesy :) but hey in 1980 it was cool :) (lol i wasnt born til 93!)and who could for get the theme song from it! Flash AHHH AHHH Savior of the universe!!! :)( gotta love Queen!)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (7 ):

Coming in an era when the merciless emperors of Hollywood were copycatting Star Wars in every way, the blockbuster FLASH GORDON remains daringly offbeat. As with the (more brazenly sexy) European 1960s fantasies Barbarella and Danger: Diabolik, also based on comics, there's practically no attempt at realism, with extravagant Arabian-Nights costumes, Oz-like creature f/x, crayon-box sets, and sparkler-trailing model spaceships inspired directly by the iconic 1930s strips and serials. It's a party for the eyeballs, nearer Rocky Horror than LucasFilm. Dialogue is loopy, the plotting earnestly absurd (Flash fights his first battle against Ming's minions with NFL football moves), and the famed rock soundtrack by Queen is the best camp anthem since Adam West's Batman (with the same screenwriter, incidentally). Older kids and young-at-heart grownups could have a blast- - if they don't mistake the deliberate, sly kitsch for big-buget dumb.

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