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Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Zorro The Gay Blade / Don Diego Vega / Bunny Wigglesworth
Charlotte Taylor Wilson
Eduardo Noriega ...
Don Francisco
Jorge Russek ...
Don Fernando
Eduardo Alcaraz ...
Don Jose
Carlos Bravo y Fernández ...
Luis Obispo (as Carlos Bravo)
Roberto Dumont ...
Jorge Bolio ...


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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hero | mexico | gay | whip | masked hero | See All (77) »


Zexy, Zany, Zensational !


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Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zorro mit der heißen Klinge  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is often been said that George Hamilton played dual roles in this movie, as Don Diego Vega and Bunny Wigglesworth. But in fact, with the various alter egos, Hamilton arguably actually played six roles, the others being Zorro, The Gay Blade, Ramon Vega and Margarita Wigglesworth. See more »


When Zorro kisses Charlotte Taylor Wilson and she faints, George Hamilton says Lauren Hutton before he splashes water on her face. See more »


Charlotte Taylor Wilson: [Zorro about to be executed in her place] I have only one regret... that you will not live to see the glorious revolution that you have brought about...
Zorro: [to himself] Why doesn't she say something like, I will love you forever? When's she going to say that?
Charlotte Taylor Wilson: I will love you forever!
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Closing credits: ZEND See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) 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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