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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 ... 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 continue his campaign against the corrupt Captain Esteban, his long-lost twin brother Ramon arrives to visit. Bunny was sent off by their father to the British Royal Navy to make a "man" of him, for he is flamboyantly gay, and now known as Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth. 'Bunny' agrees to temporarily take his brother's place as Zorro, but opts make changes in the established Zorro persona. Bunny becomes "the Gay Blade," and his new costumes are lemon, plum, and scarlet colored. He 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 Esteban's policies, and who has a crush ... Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Zexy, Zany, Zensational !


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La última locura de Zorro See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,118,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening dedication states: "This film is dedicated to Rouben Mamoulian and the other great filmmakers whose past gives us our future". The movie opens with a black-and-white clip from The Mark of Zorro (1940) which Mamoulian directed. See more »

Goofs

When Zorro uses a bull whip to cut his name in the wall, he needed 13 strokes of the whip to do it. Only ten cracks of the whip are heard. See more »

Quotes

Don Fernando from San Diego: He wears his clothes well. I could never get into his pants.
Florinda: I bet I could.
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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

References Adventures of Don Juan (1948) See more »

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A classic that ranks with Blazing Saddles and the Pink Panther
18 September 2000 | by fuzzycowSee all my reviews

This was hysterical. I only just saw it for the first time the other day. I never heard of it until a friend of mine spoke about it. It's slapstick comedy at it's best. You can't find comedies like this anymore. I think the name says it all about it's humorous nature. Picture Zorro shouting one-liners and then picture him being gay. It's worth the $1.99 it costs to rent it at Blockbuster. It goes all out with stereotypes as well. The crowd listening to Esteban speaking to them, all wearing sombreros. Esteban saying he is a man of the "Peeples". It's great for a Sunday afternoon viewing.


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