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Zorro, The Gay Blade
Zorro The Gay Blade
Actors: George Hamilton, Lauren Hutton, Brenda Vaccaro, Ron Leibman, Donovan Scott
Director: Peter Medak
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Indie & Art House, Comedy
PG     2001     1hr 33min

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...  more »


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Actors: George Hamilton, Lauren Hutton, Brenda Vaccaro, Ron Leibman, Donovan Scott
Director: Peter Medak
Creators: C.O. Erickson, Don Moriarty, Bob Randall, Greg Alt, Hal Dresner, Johnston McCulley
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Swashbucklers, Superheroes, Westerns, Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/10/2001
Original Release Date: 07/17/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 07/17/1981
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 23
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

If you love to laugh, you will love this DVD.
J. Gibson | United States | 05/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Both George Hamilton and Lauren Hutton are wonderful in this movie. It takes the classic Zorro industry and gives it a twist. Don't expect the classic action/adventure story. Hamilton plays both Don Diego Vega and Bunny Wigglesworth. Unbeknownst to them, they are the sons of the legendary Zorro. Vega returns home to find his childhood friend Esteban in control and a lady from his youth, Florinda (Brenda Vaccaro) married to Esteban. Also, his father has died and left his Zorro costume for his son. Seizing his 'destiny', Vega becomes Zorro causing much trouble to the ruthless Esteban (Ron Leibman). He fights the "tyranny and injustices" until he injures his ankle jumping from a window. Enter Bunny Wigglesworth. Bunny is completely the opposite of his lothario brother--English accent, no tan and loves men. During his brothers recouperation, Bunny takes up the sword--and the whip and many colorful Zorro costumes. Adding to the mix is the character played by Lauren Hutton, Charlotte Taylor Wilson. She is a beauty from the east who has come west to liberate the downtrodden. Vega is immediately taken by her. This movie is full of cute lines you will find yourself saying later. Also, the stars of the film (Hamilton, Hutton, Liebman and Vaccaro) are all wonderful in their roles. (Watching Vaccaro, who's character is bored with her dull husband, chasing Hamilton is hilarious!) I highly recommend this film for a great laugh. I've practically worn out my VHS copy of Zorro!"
Zorro the Lame
Y. McLain | 12/02/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I was extremely disappointed. I had seen the original movie release years ago, and was excited to buy the DVD. However, much of the original movie is missing! They have taken the edited down version from TV and made it into a DVD. None of the really hilarious parts were left intact.....therefore some parts of the movie don't even make sense! I wish someone would release the original movie in it's entirety, not such a watered-down, hacked-up shadow of the Gay Blade Zorro I knew and loved."
An Outrageous Spoof on the Masked Legend
Octavius | United States | 08/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This 1981 side-splitting comedy directed by Peter Medak is a fun spoof on the legendary Zorro. A light-comedy with a humorous plot that can only make you laugh.

Don Diego De La Vega (George Hamilton) arrives to Spain's colony of California to find it despoiled by the excesses of his former friend, Capitan Esteban (Ron Leibman). He soon uncovers the secret of Zorro from his dead father and now becomes the masked protector. Accidentally injured during one of his outings, Don Diego almost calls it quits until his estranged brother, Bunny Wigglesworth (also played by George Hamilton), comes to town to save the day. Although an unabashed dandy in England's Royal Navy, Bunny takes the challenge and adds a little zest to the legend of Zorro. With Bunny's fashionable tastes, Zorro's sombre costumes soon become colorful fashion statements of green, purple, and yellow. Bunny also discards the sword and leaves his traditional 'Z' mark with his whip instead.

A great tongue-in-cheek comedy that makes the maximum spoof of the dandy stereotype. The film never takes itself too seriously and offers laughs for the whole family.
Say Something Like a Sissy Boy
A. Fultz | Santa Barbara, CA, USA | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the most underrated and overlooked movies of all time. Over the top and campy, the movie is filled with one laugh after another. After seeing it first in the theater and then years later on video, I could not believe it was as funny the second (and third and fourth and fifth) times as the first. Don't take it seriously and you will have a wonderful time and you will be quoting lines for days afterwards. A true comic classic."