I have these vague memories of this show when I was a kid. I'm not sure whether it was TV or movie. Here are the things I think I remember about it:

  • Happened in space. I remember scenes of large spaceships flying by the camera very slowly (the kind of shot Spaceballs spoofed).
  • I remember a hand-to-hand fight between the good guy and a bad guy. I believe it was on a spaceship (indoors, arena-type environment). The good guy got thrown into a pit in the floor, which I believe was glowing and I recall having the impression that it was bottomless. The audience was made to think the bad guy won. Then the good guy hauls himself out of this pit, and, though I can't remember what happens then, I presume he won the fight.
  • I believe this good guy had dark hair and a short beard.

This may be too vague for anyone to get a read on (or I may be misremembering), but if anyone has any ideas I would really appreciate hearing them. I've been trying to recall this for years.

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    You're not describing the fight in Cloud City, are you? – Mr Lister Aug 11 '13 at 8:49

Could possibly be the 1980 version of Flash Gordon.

One of the main protagonists, Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton) had a mustache and dark hair, and the whip fight seen below took place over a bottomless pit, which if I remember correctly degenerated into a hand-to-hand, but I don't remember specifics. I do know that at least one (if not both) end up hanging off the edge of the platform at some point.

Flash Gordon whip fight

Also, Vultan was a hawkman with a beard, seen here:


Vultan battle scene

And, some of the battle scenes showed lots of hawkmen and hovercraft type ships with laser battles, but I can't find any images for that other than the second one of Vultan.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I looked that up on Youtube, and my memories of the scene are that it was darker (both in color and emotion) and that the bearded man was definitely one of the ones doing the fighting. I'm not saying it wasn't Flash Gordon, but that scene did not seem familiar to me. – Michael Aug 9 '13 at 22:46
  • @Michael - Hmm... I'll take a look at some of my old VHS tapes when I get home, see if anything else tickles my brain. – JohnP Aug 9 '13 at 22:48
  • @michael - Possibly the 1979 version of the black hole? I have a vague memory of a fight around a glowing thing in that movie... shockya.com/news/wp-content/uploads/black_hole_max.jpg – JohnP Aug 9 '13 at 22:50
  • Good thinking, but when I saw Black Hole I must have been older because I have pretty vivid memories of that movie. – Michael Aug 9 '13 at 23:00
  • If I remember correctly, the character I'm thinking of had a shorter beard than either of the two mentioned so far. It was pretty close-cropped. – Michael Aug 9 '13 at 23:00

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