Robin Hood - Men In Tights [DVD]
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Mel Brooks wrote and directed this spoof of 'Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves'. Having escaped from prison in North Africa, Robin of Locksley (Cary Elwes) swims back to the mainland to return to his family castle in England. Alongside his cohorts Ahchoo and Asneeze, he attempts to defeat the evil sheriff of Rottingham and find the key to Maid Marion's chastity belt.
Can this one-joke spoof possibly be from the same man who gave us The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein? Sadly, the answer is yes. Mel Brooks treads water shamelessly with Robin Hood: Men in Tights and the few laughs to be had depend almost entirely on mocking Kevin Costner's earnest blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves from two years earlier ("Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent", boasts Cary Elwes' Robin). Not only is this far too easy a target for a skit, but the single-film parody concept is stretched way too thin over an entire movie (Brooks elected to repeat the trick with 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It). Elwes models his portrayal on Errol Flynn, but only infrequently gets to have fun with the legend: in the climactic sword fight, for example, the shadow play of Flynn and Basil Rathbone's sheriff is affectionately parodied, but such moments are few and far between. Brooks regular Dom DeLuise chips in with a Marlon Brando impersonation, but everyone else is simply taking off characters from the Costner movie: Patrick Stewart even gives us his best Sean Connery impression as a Scottish Richard I. Brooks himself does his stock Jewish act, this time as Rabbi Tuckman; Isaac Hayes has a small cameo in the Morgan Freeman part but seems to think Jerusalem is in Africa; while his on-screen son (David Chappelle) makes the mistake of reminding the audience of what they are missing: "A black sheriff? Why not, it worked in Blazing Saddles". Indeed it did.
On the DVD: Precious few extras here, just a small behind the scenes feature and trailer. But the anamorphic picture looks good. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Having said that, IT DOESN'T MAKE THIS MOVIE ANY LESS HILARIOUS AND FUN!!! This is my favourite movie ever, because it is so light hearted, and the humor is clever enough to be funny, but not so intellectual that the jokes aren't universal. Considering comedies produced in the current movie industry, this is GOLD. When you compare Men In Tights to garbage like Little Man and Scary Movie 4, you realize that the true humor lies in the actual SCRIPT, not the amount of naked people in the movie at once.
I love this movie because of the comic musical interludes, the much cooler than you'd think Merry Men and Maid Marian's nurse. Amongst many other things, but this movie will always put you in a better mood, and Prince John's moving mole is amazing.
Get the movie, you won't be disappointed!
Carey Elwes did a fantastic job, as well as the other actors, in making this a fun-
filled spoof, poking fun and what despritly needed to be made fun of. I highly encourage everyone to see this movie, it's a comidy classic that you will want to watch over and over .....And Mr. Mel Brooks, we're all still waiting for the US DVD........
It's a great film and everyone seemed to be having fun making it, which makes it fun to watch.
When I eventually got round to seeing RH:PoT however, the film took itself to a new level - i spotted more jokes, and more events which caused me to laugh until i was ready to cry.
Starring Cary Elwes (the Princess Bride, Saw, Hot Shots, Days of Thunder) and Amy Yasbeck (Wings, Problem Child)the story of Robin, returning from the crusades in Jerusalem to find his family home plundered by the Sherriff, we folw him on his quest to regain his lost home, name and lady, Marian.
If you've seen and enjoyed previous Mel Brooks films then this is another one to add to the list of classic comedic parodies from the brains beind Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles. If you haven't then this is a great one to get started with - family friendly, and fun - most kids will be familiar with Robin Hood, and jokes for the grown ups too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for this film for ages as a gift for my BF. We love the film and had been wanting to watch it for ages. So glad I finally found it. Great condition.Published 4 days ago by flamingoford
It does have some truly funny moments in this film but it is not Mel Brook's best work. A good cast and a well made production. Read morePublished 27 days ago
Great film especially if you are wanting a comedy well recommended.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Typical Mel Brooks - always poking fun at his own religion and loving it. You have to watch it time and time again in order to catch all the background quirks and by-plays. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer