Robin Hood: Men In Tights (Bilingual)
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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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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!"
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.
I won't go into too many details about Robin Hood because you probably know the main plot. Robin Hood returns from the Crusades fighting under King Richard's army. He comes home surprised and shocked to find that all of his land and family name taken from the evil Prince John. So uniting a band of men, he steals from the rich to give to the poor. In the end he stops the reign of Prince John to be given to the rightful heir. And also in the mean time, he falls in love with the beautiful Maid Marian. Um, well... that's the way the story really goes. But of course, Brooks' interpretation is 'slightly' changed.
Now, let me introduce you to Mel Brooks' version of the characters. Cary Elwes is ROBIN HOOD who has 'all the people listening to him because HE can speak with a REAL English accent'; PRINCE JOHN with his ever-changing mole is played by Richard Lewis; Then of course there's the SHERIFF OF ROTTINGHAM (yes, folks. You read right. 'Rotting Ham') played by Roger Rees; the beautiful MAID MARIAN (Amy Yasbeck), the woman who is looking for her one true love; Robin's friend AHCHOO (David Chappelle), the son of ASNEEZE (Isaac Hayes); Mark Blankfield is BLINKIN, the family 'blind' servant; LITTLE JOHN is played by Eric Allan Kramer, who is definitely not little, though maybe in size of mind...; one of Robin's merry men, WILL SCARLET O'HARA(Matthew Porretta) who is, as you've guessed, is from Georgia; Tracey Ullman is LATRINE the witch; Dom Deluise is DON GIOVANNI, who suspiciously sounds very much like Marlon Brando in that role of...Read more ›
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Mel Brooks strikes again! Like the promo said "The Legend had it coming", well worth getting.Published 3 months ago by Mistatim
This movie is very enjoyable in my opinion. A lot of well done Mel Brooks humour here, and it stands tall next to Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wade A
A hilarious send up of all of the previous Robin Hood movies, especially the Kevin Costner version.Published 16 months ago by anneinthenorth
One of my favorite movies. Mel Brooks does it again. Typical Brooks humour throughout. Like mot Brooks films you need to watch it several ti,es to pick out the subtle jokes,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Woolly
My husband's fav movie...he made me watch it....it's pretty damn good :)Published 23 months ago by Janelle McLean
Cary Elwes - Robin Hood... 'Nuff said.
Disc arrived promptly and in good condition.