Director: Mike Hodges. Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Haim Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed. 111 min. Rated PG. UK/USA. Sci-fi/Action.
The fact that people were brave enough to embark on such cheesy endeavors in a post-Star Wars era, that the filmmakers confidently spoof the genre by making Flash Gordon a football player ... who actually plays football in the movie to fight Emperor Ming, that Max von Sydow thought this was worthy of his presence, that Queen wrote a song famously repeating "Flash!", that Timothy Dalton had a job after this (let alone as James Bond), and other insane facts, makes this one of the most watchable films ever - no matter how much you suffer watching it.
PS: Check IMDb out for some awesome trivia.
PPS: Thank you JZ, for forcing me to endure this test of patience! Thank you Amir D., for providing such a memorable experience!