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"Zorro, The Gay Blade (Widescreen)"
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After having a surprise hit playing Dracula in Love at First Bite, George Hamilton seized the moment and spoofed another movie hero: Zorro. In fact, he plays two characters: the heroic Don Diego, who fights Spanish tyranny in Old California in his secret identity as Zorro, and Diego's long-absent brother, Bunny Wigglesworth, a man totally comfortable with his sexual identity and unafraid of accessorizing the Zorro outfit by rendering it in purple. When the swashbuckler is injured, he turns his sword over to the swishbuckler, who is just as good a swordsman, though a few shades less fiery. Some of the gay humor is heavy-handed, but Hamilton easily handles the comedy demands of the dual roles, and has strong support from Ron Leibman as the chief bad guy. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What makes this comedy unique for me though, is how so many different story elements are blended so beautifully. You have romance, action, and comedy so wonderfully balanced that the entire movie is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Bunny Wigglesworth is so over-the-top whilst Diego's accent is so hilariously exploited. Esteban's evil is perfectly juxtaposed against Diego's love interest. The drama of Zorro surrendering himself to save the one he loves plays against the "other" Zorro whipping his name into the wall (and not just a "Z", but "Zeeeeee Ohhhhhhhhh Rrrrrrrrr Rrrrrrr Ohhhhhhh! Zorro!" Esteban: "Ah, ha!!! I think he is trying to tell me something!"
It's also evident in the music. The dark, thunderous playing of violins accentuate Esteban's bad character. The light, lilting tune is playful when Zorro fences. The music waxes nostalgic when Ms. Hutton kisses Zorro.
Sadly, the transfer of this movie to DVD seems confined to someone eating a Twinkie and hitting record from a VHS tape. Mono sound? Poor video transfer? Come on, people, get with it! While it's forgivable on very old movies, a 1981 flick is NOT beyond the realm of beautification. And for the price, some extras would have been nice.
Still, it's nice to see that someone thinks highly enough of the film to transfer it to something longer-lasting than a VHS tape.
Actually the movie follows the original script better than the old TV programs. Don Diego Vega comes back too late to find that his father had a fatal accident when his horse was frightened by a tortuga and Esteban summarily executed the tortuga for the dastardly deed. The music that starts the credits is "The Adventures of Don Juan" by Max Steiner. This movie is so packed with mirth that you can not convey this by telling the shoreline. One of my favorites is when Zorro makes the sine of the Zee and asks a peasant what that symbol stands for. "Senior that is the sign of a two." "My daughter learned this in the school."
I would like to add that I have never seen George Hamilton in anything I liked----except this movie, and except for this movie, I don't think the guy can act. But this movie was funny as hell.
Like two of the previous reviewers, I too have seen this movie several times. Like.....a few other films, I have to hurry up and buy it, or not see it anymore, since the video store is very shortly taking it out of their inventory.
There is no way this movie can offend a thinking person. There is no perversion in this movie of any kind, and I've seen family films that offended me more than this one. I don't see how this could offend.
In the event that some of you think I might be a lightweight, I would like to add that I also saw the mask of Zorro, and was equally entertained. Historical fiction isn't usually my thing. But I not only saw the mask of zorro, it was also in the first group of Videos I bought when I joined a video club.
The movie itself is not so special as a comedy movie. George Hamilton was funny and his looks were perfect as a macho-swordsman-hero Zorro. He almost look perfect as the Gay Zorro. His opponent/ enemy, forgot the name, was also superb. He's my favourite in this movie. His act was perfect and very funny. As for Lauren Hutton, unfortunately she didn't get a big role. She should have get more important dialogue than what she did.
The storyline flews and easy to follow. Not confusing, no bloodshed, rich with small slapsticks, and even accurate in details (designs of homes and castle, paint color, dress, weapons, etc). Oddly enough that rifles and guns wereas not often used in this movie. Mostly only swords and knife.
The gay Zorro was also good and hilarious. His costumes were also colorful and he should get more appearances in the movie. Hamilton was gay enough to express those gay attitudes :) I really love this guy.
This movie can't be on par with other successful comedy movies, but it's fun enough to see the other side of Zorro.
Most recent customer reviews
SUCH a fantastic film. I watched this when I was a kid, and still to this day I burst out laughing every time I watch it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by aka Aelius
The first time I saw this film I laughed out loud and subsequent viewings still make me chuckle. The characters are so over the top, but somehow it just adds to the appeal. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2006 by TND
I love this flick. Saw it in the theatre when it was released. Saw it again a few times on television. Recently purchased the DVD.
I concur with the other reviewers here. Read more
My family and I have watched this movie so many times that we can recite word for word. It is a classic. We never tire of it. Read morePublished on April 1 2004
I was four when this film came out. I loved it then and I love it now. It's a true spoof classic up there with Naked Gun and Hot Shots! Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004
...I would have missed out on so many great movies!! I first saw this on HBO when I was 12, and I thought George Hamilton was a "hottie". Funny men have always done it for me. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2003 by Jennifer Smith
This movie is a rare gem...truly hilarious. Its 10 times funnier than Love at First Bite.Published on Aug. 13 2003 by K. J. Kendall
This version of the legend of Zorro is a lot lighter than usual but very entertaining. Our real hero, Zorro, is put out of commission by an accident that occurs during a romantic... Read morePublished on June 29 2003
This light hearted tale is hysterically funny. No matter how many times I watch it, I laugh all the way through it!Published on May 5 2003 by Glenease Ballinger
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