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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 »

Director:

Peter Medak

Writers:

Hal Dresner (screen story), Greg Alt (screen story) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Zorro The Gay Blade / Don Diego Vega / Bunny Wigglesworth
Lauren Hutton ... Charlotte Taylor Wilson
Brenda Vaccaro ... Florinda
Ron Leibman ... Esteban
Donovan Scott ... Paco
James Booth James Booth ... Velasquez
Helen Burns ... Consuelo
Clive Revill ... Garcia
Carolyn Seymour ... Dolores
Eduardo Noriega ... Don Francisco
Jorge Russek ... Don Fernando
Eduardo Alcaraz ... Don Jose
Carlos Bravo y Fernández Carlos Bravo y Fernández ... Luis Obispo (as Carlos Bravo)
Roberto Dumont Roberto Dumont ... Ferraro
Jorge Bolio 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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Taglines:

Zexy, Zany, Zensational !


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zorro mit der heißen Klinge See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,118,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Captain Esteban is an acting "Alcalde." According to Wikipedia, an alcalde (or "Alcalde ordinario") was a traditional Spanish municipal magistrate, with judicial and administrative functions. "An alcalde was, in the absence of a corregidor, the presiding officer of the Castilian cabildo (the municipal council) and judge of first instance of a town. Alcaldes were elected annually, without the right to reelection for two or three years, by the regidores (council members) of the municipal council. The office of the alcalde was signified by a staff of office, which they were to take with them when doing their business". 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 »

Quotes

Florinda: [regarding Esteban] Do you know he only makes love to me 12 times a year?
Don Diego: Well, once a month is not so bad.
Florinda: No, he makes love to me 12 times in one night and then, zip, nothing!
Don Diego: Tell me, on that one night, does he eat anything special? Oysters? Raw eggs?
Florinda: Garlic. A lot of garlic.
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Closing credits: ZEND See more »

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Jon Monsarrat review: Hilarious comedy -- hasn't aged -- like "Austin Powers"
16 April 2002 | by johnnymonsarratSee 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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