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 the

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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:
PG-13
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:
12,568

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 W. 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

Scene Index

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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Robin Hood: Men in Tights 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is HILARIOUS! I don't want to give any of it away, but all I have to say is this: WATCH SHERRIFF OF ROTTINGHAM'S MOLE! (Those of you who have seen this movie already, you know what I'm talking about!). Honestly, this is a great movie and I highly recommend it to anyone who is in need of a good laugh! Even if you are a stubborn old grump who bah-humbugs at everything, I GUARANTEE you will laugh at SOMETHING in this movie. In fact, you should buy TWO! Really. Take my word for it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The funniest movie of all time. Mel Brooks and Cary Elwes are hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robin Hood Men in Tights may not be Mel Brooks funniest movie but it is still very good and has some great funny moments and Cary Elwes made a superb Robin Hood and unlike other actors who have played the part in other movies at least he can speak with an English accent which can't be said for the actor who played Robin in the Robin Hood movie this movie spoofs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I sat down and watched that boring, Shakespeare-type version when I could have been watching this hilarious comedy version of Robin Hood! Cary Elwes was perfect funny, clever, handsome. The whole heroic Prince Charming in one package. Even though it's a bit unrealistic (okay, so half of the movie was too enjoyable to be made by a boring and way-too-original cast), this version brings life into the scenes. I loved the songs and humor. It was also surprisingly believable. No insanely impossible stuff (except for the part where the cart drags Robin's house away you can tell it's just a painted hunk of cardboard) and they've got some serious fighting going on. I didn't however like the girl who played Maid Marian, Amy-what's-her-face. Her voice was high-pitched and way too dramatic for a comedy like this, although maybe they were hoping that would add an extra dose of humor to the story (not needed, it made my little nephew pee in his pants when he saw Little John and Robin's fighting scene). She should've quit and joined the Romeo and Juliet theatre circus where she'd fit in. The rest of the characters looked as fit for their roles as a rabbit in a carrot bin. This will always remain one of my favorite movies of all time!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this movie and quote it all the time..... unfortunatley its not on DVD so I can't pass on the joy...... Please, please, please put it out on DVD!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, absolutely the best in the history of movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bad news in a good way? I nearly wet my pants during that part! This is my all-time favorite comedy movie! Nothing can even compare to the wit and humor privided by Mel Brooks in this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It wasn't the sheriff of rottingham's mole...It was Prince John's mole...another thing to watch out for is the references to the movie, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves...such as the drowning in the river, the sorceress, Latrine, (Played by Tracy Ullman) and Brumhilda, Maid Marion's fellow lady, or Virginity Guardian in this matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis is the absolute most comedic movie i've ever seen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely one of the most funniest movies I've ever seen! Don't watch scary movie and stuff.. watch this! I love it!! GREAT WORK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a great movie!! you'll laugh your butt off!(refer to title) i could watch this movie every day!! It is very clever. You'll wonder hew they came up with these things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!:)I think it was so....Funny!!I think if you want to laugh ,then this movie is it!!I highly reccomend this movie,it has alot of good actors in here!!And trust me this movie is VERY VERY Funny:)Hope you Enjoy this Movie:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolute Masterpiece!! Brilliantly Funny!! Two Thumbs Up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a Mel Brooks fan, this is one you can't miss! Never a dull moment and lots of laughs! Parody at it's finest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a side splitting hilarious romp through the old Robin Hood Tale!! From the cross dressing merry men to the smallest out of place (but some how befitting) things!You will love this movie if you are into the very corny!! This movie is the best to watch over and over because every time you see something new!! A definate buy!
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MyLibraryCardWoreOut More than 1 year ago
Boy was this a good movie. Extremely funny and just fun to watch. It is Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves, just way funnier. I mean just watching the preview is funny. Also Cary Elwes is a really good actor. Funny and British. Put those two together with Cary Elwes and bam, you get a really good movie. I would recommend this movie for 13 year olds and over because some of the jokes are a little bit rude. Worth seeing as a family and worth seeing again. It is a MUST watch.
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