I do not know if you have a movie that got stuck to your brain the moment you first saw it when you were a wee child, but I have that! I have Robin Hood: Men In Tights! I still have no ideea how come my parents let me watch this as it has light nudity and violence + references to female/male body parts, but I guess children back then were not like nowadays, so very aware of their sexuality, as I remember none of those parts bothering me or me asking anyone about it. I just enjoyed the singing and the comedy itself. Funny part is that each time I find something new about this movie when I watch it :) and as one grows, one sees different things and starts to understand more.
Prince John: And why should the people listen to you?
Robin Hood: Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.
[referring to the then recent blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, in which Kevin Costner played the role with an American accent]
***Which brings me to a lovely piece of TRIVIA: The gag about Robin being able to speak with an English accent is a reference to Kevin Costner's performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Unfortunately viewers who saw both movies in a dubbed version couldn't get this gag. For the German dubbed version the gag was changed to: "because I - unlike some other Robin Hood - do not cost the producers 5 million". The German word "kosten" (cost) was also pronounced to sound a little bit like Costner. In the French (France) and Italian (Italy) dubbed versions, it is translated as, "Because unlike other Robin Hoods, I do not dance with the wolves", referring to another Kevin Costner movie Dances with Wolves (1990). In Quebec, the translation becomes "Because unlike other Robin Hoods, I accept to wear tights," which refers to the fact that Costner didn't wear tights in the 1991 movie. In the Hungarian version, he says "Because unlike Kevin Costner, I have a shapely bottom," a reference to the infamous fact that Costner used a body double in the nude scene.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, in which Kevin Costner played the main part.
The cast of the movie is brilliantly selected and they play their parts as if their own life would depend on it! Cary Elwes - who, when he was young, was the spitting image of Errol Flynn - plays a dashing and very getleman-like Robin Hood. His facial expressions are brilliant and help underline Mel Brooks lines. Amy Yasbeck, who plays Marian, is a perfect mate for this Robin. She's beautiful and sincere, though there is absolutely nothing in the upstairs of her pretty little head... She manages though, by chance, to overhear the conversation between the Sheriff of Rottingham (not Nottingham!) and the hires killers - hence saving later on her love... She must be one of the most proactive Maid Marian's on screen as she decides to give herself to Sheriff of Rottingham in order to save Robin from hanging.
Prince John: Save me, save me! Hurt them, hurt them!
Sheriff of Rottingham: Right! Save them, save them, hurt you, hurt you! I've got it!
The end of the movie completes the circle by having another part of hip-hop dance + singing, making funny refferences to a Robin Hood 2 movie - as the trend back then, a trend that started growing, was to have sequels to each movie.
***I simply loved the end fighting scene between the Sheriff of Rottingham and Robin Hood! It was the most perfect fencing class ever, and I dare to believe that the 2 of them even took fencing lessons for the part. I surely loved it more than the fighting scene from Prince of Thieves where the protagonists just destroy the entire room - throwing benches, chairs and whatever prop that was near them at eachother. Not to mention the bow shooting skills! Oh... they are brilliant! In the Prince of Thieves you can see Kevin Costner sending 2 arrows at once. Well, in Man in Tights Robin managed to send 6 arrows at once ;)
***Overall this is a movie that I will always love with all my heart - maybe it is because it is a movie of my childhood, maybe it is because it make me laugh so much... who can tell?! I really and sincerely reccomend it - especially if you are my age or older. It is worth having a bit of fun ;) And you may want to try The Princess Bride also - I may even do a review on it as well, would you like that? :)
A LadyBug Who Loves Robin Hood's Story :)