Flesh Gordon : I saw this at a drive-in in 1979

I saw this at a drive-in in 1979

We were a bunch of horny teenagers, so we loved it. The funniest part was that the drive-in had a residential neighbourhood on one side and a highway on the other, so lots of people could enjoy it. Imagine the trouble that would cause today!

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I was stationed in Germany in 1980 and 1981.
The local Germans were so proud about their great NEW thing, the drive-in movie. Of course, they built the stupid thing so the screen faced a major roadway and huge parking lots. Hardly anybody paid to get in because they could just park across the street and watch for free. If they had just asked any average American over there before building it, the American would have told them, "Be sure you have the screen facing the OTHER way, or build a very high wall around it…". It was out of business within a year. NOTE: Oddly enough, the Americans in the area were the only ones to pay the admission on a regular basis.

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I saw this at a movie theater, called the LAMAR, in Beaumont, Texas ~ I think it was 1981 ~ it was on a double-feature with "Galaxina," yet!


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I saw it when it first came out.

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Funny you mention drive-ins;

It was about '79 or '80…I was in probably 6th or 7th grade and I recall this friend of mine saying they were at their Boy Scouts meeting at a church, and then bragging they could see "Flesh Gordon" playing on the screen of the drive-in across the way!

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Saw it at a "secret" screening at Maplecon, the Ottawa Science Fiction Society convention, maybe 1979-80. The movie wasn't allowed in Ontario, was illegally smuggled into the con inside a print of Superman, and the screening was word-of-mouth, invitee only, at 3AM…
Good God, how could it not be great?

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How did you get in, you guys where teenagers wasnt it rated R

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The guy at the ticket booth went to the same high school as the rest of us, and was a friend of mine. I would show up with a carload of us and he would just let us in. He eventually got fired and we had to start stuffing people in the trunk.
That drive in played the oddest movies - saw my first 3d there, with the cardboard glasses and all. It was some sort of soft porn, really awful movie, but like I said earlier, we were just a bunch of horny teenagers and it was like watching a masterpiece of movie making to us…
Flesh Gordon was something we talked about for months afterward - total classic!


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How did you get in, you guys where teenagers wasnt it rated R
People weren't so uptight about stuff like that then. It was the rise of Reagan, and 24/7 cable news that created all of this crap about how our children are in 24/7 danger of being corrupted or abducted. Every time I hear about one of these wimps whining about being made to bang his attractive teacher, I want to scream. We are become one regimented, miserable and intolerant culture.

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No kidding, huh? I think rampant political correctness BS has played a big role as well. Plus the fact that we seem to more and more allow ourselves to be ruled by stupid people.
Speaking of teachers - we had a couple of hot young teachers in our high school, and if any of us had ever hooked up with one of them, he would have been a total hero. And according to our discussions, (horny focus groups, if you will), we all sure wanted to!

I suppose we need to protect our kids from any knowledge of human sexuality - better if they watch TV and see people getting killed, dismembered, tortured and otherwise brutalized, but always tastefully dressed with no scary bits such as a boob showing to corrupt their young minds…

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I never gave much thought about it until now but I just realized you're right about the connection between these 24/7 news services and this nonstop news reports of children being in constant risk of being corrupted/abducted/whatever. I was in high school in the late 70's & early 80's and remember when CNN started becoming a big deal. Which very coincidentally corresponded with when all the hysterical news stories of Satanic pre-schools performing an endless list of horrific things to toddlers. All of which turned out to be 100% *beep* But yeah… America has gotten so uptight it's not funny. I remember doing things when we were kids like getting an 18 year old next door neighbor to buy us beer while we were freshmans (Because the drinking age use to be 18)… getting high… skipping school… riding our dirt bikes around town and getting chased by the cops on them a couple times… getting into fights… sneaking out and trying to get laid… and the world never ended…. hell, now if some poor kid pokes a little fun at some fat ass, or creepy gay kid in school and they get expelled and make the news… 21st century America sucks

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That drive-in kinda reminds me of the one that was in my hometown growing up. It was hidden on all sides except one, which had a fairly busy highway running next to it. You'd be driving down the road and see whatever was playing that night. The 70's being the 70's, you always ran the risk of seeing some boobs or even full on nudity. The 70's being the 70's though, with the exception of our Mom possibly yelling at us if there was something on the screen she didn't approve of… I don't remember anyone ever making that big of it deal either. Hell, I remember being 12-13 when a friend and I sat in the tree line and watched "The last house on the left". Which had that lesbian & BJ scenes in it… lol.. and pretty much blew my mind

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I actually saw this at the Chicago theater called The Colony along with the feature Monty Python and the Holy Grail when I was 14. I had never heard of it at the time and was floored by it's raw nudity and sex jokes. But I loved the campiness of it all. Still do to this day. Would love to see a full uncut remaster on Blu some day.

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Here in Massachusetts virtually every town had a Drive-In up to around 1982. Now there are 2-3 remaining; which is better then none . We snuck in to our towns one that was located about a 1/2 mile away. The Fairhaven DI showed mostly schlocky horror and some A-movies paired with a much older film. One night around 1978 "Sat Night Fever" played 1st & "Jesus Christ Superstar" was 2nd! Most of the time the combos made sense. Down Rt 6 there were classier DI's that showed mostly good releases
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