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Zorro the Gay Blade
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Australia released, NTSC/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: THIS IS AN NTSC, REGION 0, USA COMPATIBLE DVD. PLEASE IGNORE ANY OTHER REFERENCES TO ITS FORMAT - THIS DVD WILL PLAY ON ANY US DVD PLAYER.
In this spoof, Don Diego Vega (George Hamilton) follows in his father's footsteps as he dons the identity of Zorro in an attempt to defend the weak and innocent from the ravages of the evil. However, when Vega falls victim to a debilitating injury, it is up to his gay twin brother, Bunny Wigglesworth (George Hamilton), to take up the mask and sword. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...Zorro, the Gay Blade
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Parodying the old Zorro movies, almost nothing in this movie is serious. There are jokes hidden around every corner, and hilarious quotes throughout. If you're looking for a masterpiece of film, this isn't the place to look. If you're looking for a fun brain candy romp with action, simple story, and goofy sense of humor, Zorro the Gay Blade is a great choice for you! I'm glad I found it on DVD to add to my collection!
If you love Zorro and also enjoy comedies, this film pulls off the seemingly impossible: take a romantic hero, put him in the usual melodrama, and intersperse both the dramatic and romantic plotlines with a strong comedic element that weaves between them both. A true hidden gem and well worth seeing; I'm happy that this came out on DVD.
The well-known characters from Zorro films are here--Don Diego, his mute servant, his friend the comandante turned dictator, and of course--El Zorro. But they are even better than the originals, played to the hilt (pardon the pun). This movie was truly patterned after the Douglas Fairbanks version of Zorro. A good many of Hamilton's movements and expressions appear actually copied from that movie, especially that wide, moustache-outlines, devil-may-care grin. The soundtrack utilizying music from Don Juan fits it to a T, setting the outlandish, swashbuckling, slightly zany atmosphere perfectly.
In this version, Don Diego, cutting a swatch through the females of Madrid, finds it expedient to leave when an irate husband catches him. Fortunately (or unfortunately as the case may be) his father has just died so he returns to Nuevo California. There, he discovers the Comandante has not only married the girl they both courted (and Diego finds himself lucky he didn't win her) but his old friend has become a ruthless dictator. Diego receives a bequest from his father--El Zorro's disguise--and when he meets an American woman, Charlotte Taylor Wilson, who's trying to incite the peones to rebel, he decides to help her...as Zorro. The expected romance ensues, as well as some hilarious swordfights and hairdreadth escapes. When Zorro is wounded, his twin brother Ramon abruptly appears. Known now as "Bunny Wigglesworth," Ramon was sent to join the British Navy by their father, because it would "make a man of him." With a titter, Ramon concedes it "certainly made me." He reluctantly takes his brother's place, though he insists on wearing disguises of gold, fuschia, and sky blue, instead of "basic black."
The cast is hilarious and even more so because they take their roles seriously...Ron SIlver, the neurotic comandante, Brenda Vaccaro, raucous and man-hungry as his wife, Lauren Hutton as Charlotte Taylor Wilson, and...of course, George Hamilton as Diego/Ramon.
This might be called a pastische rather than a satire because it seems more a tribute to the Zorro films rather than an attempt to "poke fun" or ridicule them. Whatever...it's an enjoyable, fun film.