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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 ... 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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Storyline

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

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

Promotional taglines for the picture played on the Z-word of the Zorro character's name by declaring that the film was "Zexy, Zany, Zensational!" See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[the landowners meet to elect a new Alcade. Each introduces himself to the others,]
Don Diego: Don Diego from San Fernando.
Don Francisco: Don Francisco from San Jose.
Don Fernando from San Diego: Don Fernando from San Diego.
Don Jose: Don Jose from San Bernardino.
Luis Obispo: Luis Obispo from Bakersfield.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

THE HOUSE OF DON DIEGO VEGA MADRID, SPAIN 50 YEARS A.Z. (AFTER ZORRO) See more »

Connections

Version of Zorro and Son (1983) See more »

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A comedy classic
20 September 2004 | by rhammilSee all my reviews

This is a great movie that keeps you laughing the more you see it. The interplay between Ron Liebman (Esteban) and George Hamilton (both Zorros) is the perfect comedic match. Excellent cast and great writing combine to a true cult classic. Lauren Hutton provides a tolerable love interest that possesses a feminist liberal touch to her character. This is overshadowed by the comedic confusion created by Liebman and Hamilton. Liebman is outstanding as the overly obsessed Captain Esteban for his nemesis Zorro. Brenda Vaccaro plays Florinda, Esteban's devoted buy love starved wife, who of course, has secret desires for Hamilton that adds spice to the interplay between Liebman and Hamilton. Must see, 5 stars out of 5.


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