“LIFE AF­TER FLASH”

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The “Flash” ref­er­enced by the ti­tle of this doc­u­men­tary is Flash Gor­don, the space hero played in a 1980 movie by Sam J. Jones – who is the sub­ject of this film. He be­came a pop-cul­ture icon of sorts in the years af­ter­ward, and here, writer-direc­tor Lisa Downs ex­am­ines such as­pects as the clash Jones had with pow­er­ful “Flash Gor­don” pro­ducer Dino De Lau­ren­tiis – whose al­leged fail­ure to pay Jones his weekly salary while shoot­ing the movie led Jones to stage his own walk­out, caus­ing the pic­ture’s budget to bal­loon and hav­ing a def­i­nite im­pact on Jones’ ca­reer. Other “Flash” ac­tors ap­pear­ing here in­clude Melody An­der­son, Brian Blessed, Topol and Peter Wyn­garde – and also com­ment­ing is Brian May of rock mu­sic’s Queen, which sup­plied much of the “Flash” score. (Not rated: P) (Also on Blu-ray)

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