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The Best Flash Gordon Movie Quotes

Updated February 6, 2019 45 votes 14 voters 1.1k views10 items

The best Flash Gordon quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Flash Gordon, with the help of your votes. Starring Sam J. Jones and Melody Anderson, Flash Gordon was directed by Mike Hodges and released in 1980.

What is your favorite Flash Gordon quote? One memorable line was when Flash Gordon said, "I promise. Cross my heart and hope to...I really will talk to you." Another great line from Flash Gordon is, "You pitiful fool! My life is not for any earthling to give or take!" spoken by the Emperor Ming.

Vote up your top Flash Gordon quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

  • 1

    Why Not

    Dr. Hans Zarkov: We are only interested in friendship. Why do you attack us?
    The Emperor Ming: Why not?


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    • 2

      Precisely Doctor

      The Emperor Ming: Every thousand years, I test each life system in the Universe. I visit it with mysteries, earthquakes, unpredicted eclipses, strange craters in the wilderness... If these are taken as natural, I judge that system ignorant and harmless - I spare it. But if the Hand of Ming is recognized in these events, I judge that system dangerous to us. I call upon the great god Dyzan, and for his greater glory...and for our mutual pleasure... I destroy it utterly.
      Dr. Hans Zarkov: You're saying... it's my fault the Earth is being destroyed?
      The Emperor Ming: Precisely... Doctor!


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      • 3

        Before Annihilation

        The Emperor Ming: Klytus, I'm bored. What plaything can you offer me today?
        Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K system, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet... Earth.
        The Emperor Ming: How peaceful it looks.
        Klytus: Most effective, Your Majesty. Will you destroy this, uh, Earth?
        The Emperor Ming: Later. I like to play with things a while... before annihilation.


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        • 4

          They'd Be Slaves

          The Emperor Ming: You want to destroy me.
          Flash Gordon: lt's the only way to save Earth.
          The Emperor Ming: What if l granted you a kingdom?
          Flash Gordon: lf you what?
          The Emperor Ming: Ming the Merciless, ruler of the universe, offers Flash Gordon of Earth a kingdom of Mongo, to rule over as his own.
          Flash Gordon:You're crazy. Why would you do that?
          The Emperor Ming: Because l've never before met your like. You're a hero, don't you see that? Who better to rule a kingdom? Your moon is very close now. Earth's end might come within hours.
          Flash Gordon: You'd call off the attack?
          The Emperor Ming: l could.
          Flash Gordon: Everyone would be saved?
          The Emperor Ming: Yes... and no. After the earthquakes and tidal waves, they won't be the same human beings. They'll be more docile. Tractable. Easier for you to rule, in the name of Ming.
          Flash Gordon: You mean they'd be slaves.
          The Emperor Ming: Let's just say they'll be satisfied with less.


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