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Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Don Diego Vega / Zorro / Bunny Wigglesworth / The Gay Blade / Ramon Vega
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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 from San Jose
Jorge Russek ...
Don Fernando from San Diego
Eduardo Alcaraz ...
Don Jose from San Bernardino
Carlos Bravo y Fernández ...
Don Luis Obisbo from Bakersfield (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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According to "Latin America on Screen", the film was the "first manifestly chicano incarnation" of the Zorro character. See more »

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During the costume ball fight scene when Zorro slices the Alcades belt to let his pants all down, there is a large slit in the left side of the pants. See more »

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Jon Monsarrat review: Hilarious comedy -- hasn't aged -- like "Austin Powers"
16 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the assumption that you are considering renting Zorro, I think ratings and reviews should reflect the current day, not nostalgia or memory. I've seen "Zorro: The Gay Blade recently" and was totally floored. It's flat-out hilarious and hasn't aged a day.

The film is a parody of Zorro and makes fun of some of the over-seriousness of that long ago age when Zorro was invented. But at the same time, like a good parody should ("Austin Powers") it has its own theme, its own compelling characters and plot. Nothing blows up, but swordfighting doesn't need a $100m budget to be fascinating. Nor does a parody. It's wacky but accessible to people who don't like "cult films". Don't expect a romance.

If you liked Austin Powers, definitely get this film. It's an intelligent and hilarious parody of the Zorro concept that yet is serious enough that we care what happens to the character. In getting this balance right, it's much like the first Austin Powers film.

Who should see this movie:

-- Everyone who's heard of Zorro and won't mind a little dose

(not a large dose) of wacky.

-- Arty film types who won't find any compelling film drama here,

but you owe it to yourself to explore the Zorro mystique.

I'll give "Zorro, the Gay Blade" a surprisingly timeless 9 out of 10.


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