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Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  17 July 1981 (USA)
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Mexico, 1840s. When the new Spanish Governor begins to grind the peasants under his heel, wealthy landowner Don Diego Vega follows in his late father's footsteps and becomes Zorro, the ... See full summary »

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Zorro The Gay Blade / Don Diego Vega / Bunny Wigglesworth
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Charlotte Taylor Wilson
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Florinda
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Paco
James Booth ...
Velasquez
Helen Burns ...
Consuelo
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Garcia
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Dolores
Eduardo Noriega ...
Don Francisco
Jorge Russek ...
Don Fernando
Eduardo Alcaraz ...
Don Jose
Carlos Bravo y Fernández ...
Luis Obispo (as Carlos Bravo)
Roberto Dumont ...
Ferraro
Jorge Bolio ...
Pablito
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Mexico, 1840s. When the new Spanish Governor begins to grind the peasants under his heel, wealthy landowner Don Diego Vega follows in his late father's footsteps and becomes Zorro, the masked man in black with a sword who rights wrongs and becomes a folk hero to the people of Mexico. When Vega sprains his ankle and cannot figure out how to continue his campaign against the corrupt Captain Esteban, luck stays with Vega when his long-lost twin brother Ramon, who was sent off by their father to the British Royal Navy to make a "man" of him, whom is also flamboyantly gay, and now known as Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth, appears for a visit. 'Bunny' agrees to temporarily take his brother's place as Zorro, but wishes to make some changes. Bunny becomes 'the Gay Blade' in which his new suits are lemon, plum, and scarlet colored, and Bunny insists on using a whip. Bunny also becomes the liaison between Don Vega and the liberal American activist/feminist Charlotte a long-time critic of Captain ... Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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In the scene where all the Dons meet, each Don's surname and place of residence is that of a Californian city, but no Don name nor home abode is the same Californian place: Don Diego is from San Fernando; Don Francisco is from San Jose; Don Fernando is from San Diego; Don Jose is from San Bernardino; whilst Don Luis Obispo is from Bakersfield, the last being a further joke, as the city does not fit with the others as it has no "San" prefix. See more »

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A moment after Esteban smashes the bowl of green apples in Don Diego's bedroom, the bowl re-appears, undamaged. See more »

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Bunny Wigglesworth: [with un-painted side of face showing, speaking like a woman] Help! Help! The Alcalde has all my money!
Bunny Wigglesworth: [turns around, with this side of face painted like Zorro, speaking very slowly and deeply] Have no fear, El Zorro is here!
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THE HOUSE OF DON DIEGO VEGA MADRID, SPAIN 50 YEARS A.Z. (AFTER ZORRO) See more »

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References The Sexcapades of Don Diego (1972) See more »

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A Classic that never dies
8 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is surprising to me that more people don't know about this picture, since Zorro the Gay Blade is one of the great funny movies of all time. It is certainly George Hamilton's most memorable movie, an over-the-top spoof that never takes itself too seriously. This is NOT Jerry Lewis or the Three Stooges, but an entertaining social commentary written and performed as slapstick. Of course they do all of it firmly tongue-in-cheek.

It does seem that a few people just don't get it. Well, to each his own. But if you liked Hamilton's Love at First Bite or most of the work of Mel Brooks, then this movie is for you. Personally, it reminds me of Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and the Austin Powers movies. The writing is witty and the one liners are things you will remember and repeat for years. If you haven't seen this one, then you don't know what you are missing.


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