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A Classic Zorro- a very entertaining, enjoyable movie-,
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All of us probably have the greatest affinity for the first characterization we saw of our favorite heroes, whether it is Superman, Sherlock Holmes, or Zorro. Alain Delon was the first Zorro I saw, so all others fall WAY short in my opinion. Saw this movie on TV as a kid in 1976 and became obsessed with Zorro for a long time. Years later, when I saw it on Amazon on VHS I bought it immediately with a shout of glee!
The movie itself has a certain rough-cut, but magical charm. Dont expect a well polished, big budget film. This is a spagetti-western (low budget, made in Italy), with the same gritty feel as Clint Eastwood's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." The theme/score is a folksy, uplifting song that you will never forget- because it seems to be the only song they play, except for the villian music/dirge. SOme don't like it; I think it adds to the charm of the film.
Great family movie! I watched it with my kids and they laughed for days at the mild camp and gag-lines! Lots of good clean humor, great sets and costumes, and some of the BEST SWORDFIGHTING on film. No love scenes...just love interest/romance. Three on-screen deaths but no blood or gore. NO PROFANITY! What a novel idea...!
The story departs artistically from the typical Don Diego in California. In this version, Diego clandestinely assumes the identity of his assassinated friend, the incoming Governor of Nuevo Aragon(?) which is either a fictitious province of early 19th century Mexico or South America. He cleverly deals with the villian (and heroine) in both roles, as a wimpy, weak ruler and also as the daring masked rider. Children cheer as he appears, dealing out justice to corrupt officials and leaving his trademark "Z" majestically with a whip or sword. The film suggests that "Zorro is back", and hints that perhaps a previous governor was an earlier Zorro some years ago, and the downtrodden villagers are jubilant to see Zorro return.
All of Zorro's appearances are spectacular, and his escapes are humorous and amazing, from bouncing on multiple awnings onto his horse, to rolling down a ramp in a wine barrel toppling soldiers on his way. Unmatched stunts and swordplay.
Quirky and fun. A must see for true Zorro fans. Just realize going in that your favorite Zorro will probably always be the one you saw first. Alain Delon is still my favorite.