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Robin Hood: Men In Tights (Bilingual)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 14 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002612RQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,742 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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It's not Blazing Saddles, but there are some chuckles to be found in Mel Brooks's 1993 spoof of the Robin Hood legend. Cary Elwes is Robin (with a lighthearted jab at Kevin Costner's bad English accent in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), while Richard Lewis plays an angst-ridden King John, and Roger Rees a snotty Sheriff of Nottingham. Comic David Chappelle has some good moments as the only black member of Robins's noble thieves, and Brooks does his own spin on Friar Tuck: Rabbi Tuchman. The song-and-dance sequences featuring a chorus line of the Merry Men ("We're men / men in tights") is vintage Brooks, but otherwise the film can't get any traction. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. on May 28 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Love Robin Hood? Well, Mel Brooks has made fun of this timeless story in one of the "best ideas since pay toilets." This excellent and witty film has continued Mel Brooks' legacy of wacky, outrageous films such as Blazzing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs and History of the World Part I.
Cary Elwes probably described his own performance best: "Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent!" Cary Elwes brought comedic timing and a wacky calmness to literature's most heroic and stern characters.
Other great performances included Richard Lewis as Prince John who is constantly annoyed by the noise in his castle and his outstanding mobile mole. David Chappelle brings soul to the cast in a midevil attitude sort of way with impersonations of Malcolm X and famous lines such as "awww, white men can't jump!" Roger Rees also brings a wacky interpritation to one of history's greatest villains. Mark Blankfield brings and incredibly funny wacky blindman to life with excellent delivery and fast punchlines. Also, watch out for Little John, "but don't let the name fool you, in real life, he's real big!" played by Eric Kramer. Some other noticible performances were given by Amy Yasbeck, Megan Cavanagh, and Matthew Porretta.
Watch out for many famous stars making brief appearances such as Isaac Hayes, Tracey Ullman, Patrick Stewart, Dom DeLuise, Dick Van Patten, and of course, Mel Brooks.
You'll want to watch this hillarious movie over and over again to catch some of the faster jokes and to pick up on some of the older ones. I have seen this movie many times and I still repeat lines from it on almost a daily basis.
As Mel Brooks would say this movie is "the best thing to come since pay toilets!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By History_Girl on Sept. 4 2006
Format: DVD
This movie is Mel Brooks at his best. If you love to laugh, you will love this movie. The typical Robin Hood story with a great twist, filled with modern mocking and classic points. Watch it! It will have you singing the songs even after the movie is done. Robin hood and his Merrymen will keep you laughing. One caution, there is singing in the movie, if you don't care for singing you might not like this movie, but its done with the fun of a Monty Python-likeness. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaclyn Lawrence on Aug. 15 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Oh look. It's Cary Elwes."
That was my line to my sister at the video store as she tried to choose between two films. We ended up with this one, and I have to say I could not stop laughing.
Although a sense of humor is appreciated with me, this was the first movie since I can't remember when that I couldn't stop laughing after I started. Usually I can stop when the first joke is over and begin again at the second, but I couldn't hold it back this time. This event took place during the Men in Tights song.
This was- brace yourself- MY FIRST MEL BROOKS MOVIE. I'm pretty sure it was the first. I must have watched it 6 times in my five day rental period, and I am now addicted to it and Mel Brooks (doesn't that Matthew Broderick/ Nathan Lane version of The Producers look fantastic??). That's pretty good for the movie, considering I only recommended it because the last movie I saw before it was The Princess Bride and I wanted more Cary Elwes.
Rent this movie. It will hit your sense of humor every time.
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By Stella Carrier TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 19 2014
Format: DVD
Robin Hood: Men In Tights is a comical parody on traditional Robin Hood films that deals with the character of Robin of Loxley (played by Cary Elwes) embarking on a mission to regain his father’s kingdom. He ends up getting some help along the way from a man named Achoo (played by Dave Chappelle), his family’s servant Blinkin (Mark Blankfield) Little John (Eric Kramer), and Will Scarlett O Hara (Matthew Porretta), In the midst of all of this Robin of Loxley meets a woman named Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck) at a royal dinner meant to confront the man who stole his father’s kingdom. Maid Marian falls in love with Robin of Loxley at the first sight of meeting him. It becomes obvious that this does not sit too well with the Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees). This is because the Sheriff also is interested in Maid Marian. Latrine the Witch (played by Tracey Ullman) has a crush on the Sheriff. Prince John (Richard Lewis) uses this knowledge to his advantage to get Latrine the Witch to help him defeat Robin of Loxley in exchange for Latrine the Witch to have an affair with the Sheriff of Rottingham. Patrick Stewart and Mel Brooks are also among the multiple celebrities that make appearances in Robinhood: Men of Tights.
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By Wendy Kaplan on Nov. 28 2002
Format: VHS Tape
When Mel Brooks is "on," nobody is funnier. "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" is another side-splitting parody from the director, and like his other hits, it has some moments that have me falling out of the chair no matter how many times I see them.
The plot loosely (very, very loosely) follows the Robin Hood saga of yore. Robin, looking a lot like Errol Flynn, is surrounded by his Merry Men. They're merry, alright--they do a singing, dancing number entitled "Men in Tights" after trying to hike up said garments in "Ye Olde Privy."
Robin is lured into a nefarious archery contest concocted by the evil Prince John, with the help of Don Giovanni. This particular "Don" is played to the hilt by Dom DeLuise, doing a perfect imitation of Marlon Brando as Don Corleone. This is one of the aforementioned scenes that has me unable to sit in the chair! It is literally a show-stopper; so funny that it's hard to hear the lines.
When Maid Marion hears of the plot, she rides into the forest to warn her beau--accompanied by her massive Brunhilde of a chaperone (the aside to the audience by the chaperone's horse is another can't-miss piece of hilarity). Robin can't resist showing off his archery talents, however, and rides off to the tournament, knowing he is marked for death.
Need I say it--everything turns out great in the end. Except for the viewer, who has had a heart attack from laughing too hard! This is a must to add to your collection. Another Mel Brooks classic.
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