The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights. Written by
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The 'Men in Tights" song reuses some music from the song used in History of the World: Part I (1981), "Jews in Space", which was in the trailer for "History Of The World Part II", a movie that was never made. See more »
When Robin cuts the side of Sheriff of Rottingham's saddle, it all slides underneath the horse with Rottingham, but when the camera looks back up at Robin, the saddles seat is clearly visible on top of the horse but when the camera cuts moves back to the whole scene, the saddle seat is again underneath the horse with Rottingham. See more »
[sticks his head out of his tent]
It is I, Robin of Loxley! We wish to get married in a hurry!
Married in a hurry? That's great! Hold on, I'm on my last customer. I'll be right out.
[goes back inside his tent, then something being chopped off is heard, followed by a man screaming. The rabbi comes back out]
Put a little ice on it. You'll be fine.
Married in a hurry, married in a hurry! Please invite me to the briss.
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The opening credits appear after shooting fire arrows. At the end of the credits the arrows are flying into village houses and setting them on fire. See more »
Any of you remember a little TV series Mel wrote and created called "When Things were Rotten", starring Dick Gautier as our man Robin? I do, and the series reran in my mind many times while watching Mel's big-screen take.
I guess he had to do this to take a few shots at Kevin Costner's "Prince of Thieves", but this one also takes aim at and makes points of reference to "White Men Can't Jump", Bruce Lee films, Larry King, seders and even brings out the reserves from Mel's projects of yore (McCann, Van Patten, De Luca, De Luise).
Some gags work, some don't but as always, Mel tries. Too bad he's working under the restrictions of that darned PG rating. What Mel could have done in his heyday with an R rated "Robin Hood"! Though admittedly, the finale of Robin's (Elwes') serenade to Maid Marian (Yasbeck) earns big laughs. Loved finding out the first name of the Sheriff of Rottingham (Rees), as well. You will, too.
As I've said before, any Mel is good Mel. If you've seen any Robin Hood movie, good. You'll get a lot of the references here. Even with the Mafia connections, hot tubs, and the new Club for horses.
Five stars. Bless you!
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