Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

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Director: Mel Brooks

Cast: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees

     
 

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Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote this satiric comedy which lampoons a number of cinematic treatments of the legend of Sherwood Forest, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Robin Hood (Cary Elwes) comes home after fighting in the Crusades to learn that the noble King Richard (Patrick Stewart) is in exile and that theSee more details below

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Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote this satiric comedy which lampoons a number of cinematic treatments of the legend of Sherwood Forest, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Robin Hood (Cary Elwes) comes home after fighting in the Crusades to learn that the noble King Richard (Patrick Stewart) is in exile and that the despotic King John (Richard Lewis) now rules England, with the help of the Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees). Robin Hood assembles a band of fellow patriots to do battle with John and the Sheriff, including Asneeze (Isaac Hayes) and his son Ahchoo (Dave Chappelle), the blind watchman Blinkin (Mark Blankfield), Will Scarlet O'Hara (Matthew Porretta), and Rabbi Tuckman (Brooks). The Sheriff is eager to put Robin Hood out of business with the aid of criminal mastermind Don Giovanni (Dom DeLuise), but Robin soon has an ally in the royal palace when he falls for the lovely Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck), whose minder Broomhilde (Megan Cavanagh) has uncooperatively outfitted Marian with a chastity belt. The cast also includes Tracy Ullman, Robert Ridgely, and Clive Revill.

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From poking fun at other movies to lampooning Jewish stereotypes himself, Mel Brooks has pulled out all of his old tricks in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. As usual, word play has a major role in this movie -- the Sheriff of Nottingham becomes the stuttering Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees), and Friar Tuck becomes Rabbi Tuckman (Mel Brooks). No aspect of the Kevin Costner vehicle Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is left unspoofed in Men in Tights, and some jabs are particularly well-aimed -- Cary Elwes' Robin Hood makes sure to point out that he, unlike Costner's Robin Hood, has an English accent. True to form, Brooks made the mistake of relying too heavily on cultural stereotypes to bring laughs. The rapping Merry Men were at first entertaining, but their appeal quickly wears off and fails to disguise the choppy editing. However, while Brooks has the tendency to repeat his past mistakes, his expertise in making fun comes off equally strong in Men in Tights. Cult fans will be happy.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
UPC:
0024543657903
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
10,125

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Elwes Robin Hood
Richard Lewis Prince John
Roger Rees Sheriff of Rottingham
Amy Yasbeck Maid Marian
Dave Chappelle Ahchoo
Tracey Ullman Latrine
Mark Blankfield Blinkin
Mel Brooks Rabbi Tuckman
Eric Allan Kramer Little John
Megan Cavanagh Broomhilde
Dom DeLuise Don Giovanni
Dick Van Patten Abbot
Matthew Porretta Will Scarlet O'Hara
Isaac Hayes Asneeze
Patrick Stewart Richard I the Lionheart
Lindsay Chag Actor
Tony Griffin Actor
Robert Ridgely Hangman
Avery Schreiber Tax Assessor
Chuck McCann Villager
Brian George Dungeon Maitre d'
Zitto Kazann Head Saracen Guard
Herman Poppe Sheriff's Guard
Clive Revill Fire Marshall
Carol Arthur Complaining Villager
Clement Von Franckenstein Royal Announcer
Corbin Allred Young Lad
Chase Masterson Giggling Court Lady
Don Lewis Mime
Patrick Valenzuela Lead Camel Jockey
Don Hesser Merry Men Dancer
Malcom Danare Inept Archer
Nick Jameson Inept Archer
Peter Pitofsky Inept Archer
Rudy DeLuca Party Guest
Mathew Saks Party Guest
Robin Shepard Party Guest
Johnny Cocktails Wedding Guest
Laurie Main Wedding Guest
James Van Patten Villager
Ira Miller Villager
David DeLuise Villager
Patrick Brymer Villager
Robert Noble Villager
Henry Kaiser Villager
Tony Tanner Villager
Joe Baker Angry Villager
Ronny Graham Villager
Richard Assad Assistant Saracen Guard

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stephen Myles Berger Art Director
Robert Latham Brown Production Designer,Production Manager
Evan Chandler Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Bari Dreiband-Burman Makeup
Michael Genne Camera Operator
David M. Haber Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Hill Set Decoration/Design
Gary A. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Hummie Mann Score Composer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Michael D. O'Shea Cinematographer
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Richard Ratliff Special Effects
Ronald R. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Peter Schindler Executive Producer
J.D. Shapiro Original Story
Dodie Shepard Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Forge Smith Production Designer
Jeff Wexler Musical Direction/Supervision

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Funny Men in Tights: tree generations of comedy HD featurette; Robin Hood: men in tights - the legend had it coming HBO special; Commentary by Mel Brooks; Isolated score track

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