This takes me back.
I saw this film when I was around 8 or 9 years old, and every time I see it, I feel about that age again.
I once had to explain it to somebody who hadn't heard of it, which was no small request. I think the answer I gave was somewhere along the lines of "the best peice of rubbish you will ever see". It's like if someone made "Carry On Star Wars"!
The story (not that there is much point to it) is that in the depths of space, Ming The Merciless decides to destroy Earth, just because he is bored. A fairly insane scientist called Hans Zarkov is the only one who realises this, and flies in his rocket, accompanied by an American football player, Flash Gordon, and Dale Arden, Flash's travel agent(?) to the planet Mongo, eventually leading a rebellion against Ming, thus saving the Earth.
Yeah, you're right, it's rubbish. But if you complain about it, you are missing the point entirely.
Here are some reasons that the film is 'craply fantastic':
*It has Brian 'If its worth saying, its worth shouting' Blessed in it.
*It has Timothy Dalton in it, who I think was the best Bond.
*Practically every 'alien' is played by a dancing midget.
*It has the line "Flash, I love you, but we only have 14 hours to save the Earth" in it.
*Queen do ALL the music in the film.
Now tell me that doesn't sound like a great bit of silly entertainment.
VERDICT - FLASH, AH-AAAHHH, HE'S A MIRACLE!