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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zorro The Gay Blade / Don Diego Vega / Bunny Wigglesworth
... Charlotte Taylor Wilson
... Florinda
... Esteban
... Paco
... Velasquez
... Consuelo
... Garcia
... Dolores
... Don Francisco
Jorge Russek ... Don Fernando
... Don Jose
Carlos Bravo y Fernández ... Luis Obispo (as Carlos Bravo)
Roberto Dumont ... Ferraro
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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Zexy, Zany, Zensational !


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17 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zorro mit der heißen Klinge  »

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$11,118,000
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The colors of the swashbuckler suits seen in the film were as follows. Zorro always wore black whilst The Gay Blade wore plum, lemon, and scarlet. See more »

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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 »

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[Diego is about to be shot]
Charlotte Taylor Wilson: You're the bravest man I've ever met.
Don Diego: I'm very impressed with myself, too.
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Closing credits: ZEND See more »

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Referenced in Weeds: A Modest Proposal (2009) See more »

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Danzes Fantastica
by Joaquín Turina
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Call It a "Swishbuckler"
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Say what you will about "Zorro, the Gay Blade." It's a silly send-up to the old cinematic standard of Zorro, made before our politically correct times. Sissy jokes aside, it is enjoyable. Granted, a lot of performances are over the top, particularly Ron Liebman's top-volume Alcalde, but quite a bit of the dialogue can still get a smile. It's worth a look and a laugh or two!


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