Zorro, The Gay Blade

  • 1981
  • 1 HR 33 MIN
  • PG
  • Adventure

Hamilton's follow-up to the Dracula spoof LOVE AT FIRST BITE again parodies a film legend but with less success. This time Hamilton takes on Zorro, playing both the dashing masked swordsman and his twin brother. Zorro is called to defend innocent villagers from the oppression of a dictator, but an accident renders him incapable of any heroics, leaving the...read more

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Hamilton's follow-up to the Dracula spoof LOVE AT FIRST BITE again parodies a film legend but with less success. This time Hamilton takes on Zorro, playing both the dashing masked swordsman and his twin brother. Zorro is called to defend innocent villagers from the oppression of a

dictator, but an accident renders him incapable of any heroics, leaving the field to his brother, a gay (in every sense of the word) blade with a wardrobe that rivals Liberace's. This one-joke film beats its punch line to death, playing its gay character for big laughs with generally predictable

and boring results. Hamilton (who coproduced) chews up the scenery with relish, and the bland supporting performances yield to his campy caricature, But the subtle element of self-parody that distinguished the best of the Zorro films is absent, and the gay stereotype is more offensive than

comical.

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  • Released: 1981
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Hamilton's follow-up to the Dracula spoof LOVE AT FIRST BITE again parodies a film legend but with less success. This time Hamilton takes on Zorro, playing both the dashing masked swordsman and his twin brother. Zorro is called to defend innocent villagers… (more)

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