Monday, June 13, 2011

Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981)

On vacation visiting family we decided to take a break from action movie month with this George Hamilton comedy. Hamilton who was in a number of films in the 1960's and 1970's started making his transition to television in the 1980's with the exception of a few spoof films: Love at First Bite and this one.


I loved this movie, witty humor and laugh out loud funny. Only problem was that I thought the movie was from the 1950's or 1960's, the video quality was kind of poor. Since I'm not that familiar with Hamilton I was thinking "man, Steve Martin must have been influenced by Hamilton." Sure he might have been, but seeing how close their careers were chronologically I doubt it now.

So the plot goes that when Vega senior passes away he calls for his two sons, Don Diego Vega assumes his fathers legacy of Zorro which has been passed down to him only to sprain his ankle jumping from the 2nd story on his first encounter with the Spanish Government. His homosexual brother [also played by Hamilton] shows up just in time to lend assistance as Zorro. This utterly confuses the government as the new Zorro loves bright colored costumes and is obviously gay.

A nice "vacation" for me from action month, and a funny film when you are in the mood for a The Birdcage style comedy.

Vote: 9/10

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083366/

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