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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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George Hamilton appears in drag in this movie when he pretends to be Don Diego Vega's cousin from Santa Barbara, Margarita Wigglesworth. Captain Esteban (Ron Leibman)'s nickname for Margarita Wigglesworth was "Wiggy". See more »

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A film that is ever new, ever funny
20 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen "Zorro the Gay Blade" several times since it was released in the 1980s, and I get something new from it each time. I have liked all the Zorro films, and this comic spoof is yet another "twist" on the original Zorro plot.

My favorite part of "Zorro the Gay Blade" is the masked ball, at which the Alcalde hopes to catch Zorro, only to have all his male guests arrive in Zorro costumes. The result is a dizzying "house of mirrors" effect as the Alcalde looks from one "Zorro" to another around the room and then finds himself unable to identify and arrest the "real" Zorro.

Another favorite part is the soundtrack, taken from Max Steiner's compositions for the soundtrack of "Don Juan" (which starred Errol Flynn in the 1940s) and "The Danzas Fantasticas," some Spanish classical music. Unfortunately, Steiner's music is unpublished; I do hope it will be published some day so that fans of Spanish-style music can enjoy playing it.

I would recommend the "Zorro" series by Disney and all other movies about Zorro. I also would recommend "Don Juan" (starring Errol Flynn) and "Don Juan DeMarco" (starring Johnny Depp and the late Marlon Brando).


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