The Flash (1990–1991)
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Pilot 

A laboratory accident endows a police scientist with the ability to move at superhuman speed which he uses to battle a menacing gang as a superhero.

Director:

Robert Iscove

Writers:

Danny Bilson (developed by), Paul De Meo (developed by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Wesley Shipp ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Amanda Pays ... Christina McGee
Alex Désert ... Julio Mendez (as Alex Desert)
Paula Marshall ... Iris West
Michael Nader ... Pike
Tim Thomerson ... Jay Allen
Priscilla Pointer ... Nora Allen
Lycia Naff ... Lila
Richard Belzer ... Joe Kline
Robert Hooks ... Chief Arthur Cooper
M. Emmet Walsh ... Henry Allen
Patrie Allen Patrie Allen ... Eve Allen
Biff Manard Biff Manard ... Murphy
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Officer Tony Bellows
Wayne Pére ... Rick
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Storyline

Barry Allen, crime lab detective, is transformed into the Flash, the fastest man alive, and takes on the Dark Riders, a motorcycle gang terrorizing Central City. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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His justice is fast. And furious.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jay Allen was born in 1948. See more »

Goofs

One third-act scene finds two Dark Riders left behind at the gang's lair as lookouts. They argue over stereo volume level before Flash speeds past and punches them out. Presumably meant to hit the floor out of frame, the one who demanded the music stay loud can be seen breaking his fall with his arms before switching to a limp sprawl. See more »

Quotes

Barry Allen: [to his nephew Shawn] Any time you need me, I'll be there for you. I couldn't run like your dad, but I'll be there in a flash.
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Connections

Followed by The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster (1991) See more »

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Great Comic Hero Film
23 July 2003 | by GunnSee all my reviews

I agree with most of the comments here. This is one of the best comic book superhero films ever! Especially the pilot film, it ranks right up there with Spider-man, Batman, Darkman and Superman! It has fabulous effects, especially for a TV movie; good acting; a good storyline; funny scenes and action scenes; fine production values and above all an excellent score and theme song by the great Danny Elfman...and I think possibly his best. I also agree that CBS did not give it a chance to develop a following, which I'm sure it would have. If it had a weakness, it was the villains, who could not compare with Dr. Ock, Green Goblin, The Joker, The Penguin or Lex Luthor. The Flash is now available on DVD. Don't miss it!


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