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Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)




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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mel Brooks, J. David Shapiro, Evan Chandler, J.D. Shapiro
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Cary Elwes
as Robin Hood
Richard Lewis
as Prince John
Roger Rees
as Sheriff of Rottingha...
Amy Yasbeck
as Maid Marian
Isaac Hayes
as Asneeze
Mel Brooks
as Rabbi Tuckman
Megan Cavanagh
as Broomhilde
Eric Allan Kramer
as Little John
Matthew Porretta
as Will Scarlet O'Hara
Patrick Stewart
as King Richard
Dom DeLuise
as Don Giovanni
Dick Van Patten
as The Abbot
Steve Tancora
as Filthy Luca
Joe Dimmick
as Dirty Ezio
Avery Schreiber
as Tax Assessor
Chuck McCann
as Villager
Brian George
as Dungeon Maitre d'
Zitto Kazann
as Head Saracen Guard
Richard Assad
as Assistant Saracen Gu...
Herman Poppe
as Sheriff's Guard
Clive Revill
as Fire Marshall
Joe Baker
as Angry Villager
Carol DeLuise
as Complaining Villager
Corbin Allred
as Young Lad
Kelly Jones
as Buxom Lass
Chase Masterson
as Giggling Court Lady
Clement von Francken...
as Royal Announcer
Rudy De Luca
as Party Guest
Patrick Valenzuela
as Lead Camel Jockey
as Villager
Don Hesser
as Merry Men Dancer
Malcom Danare
as Inept Archer
Nick Jameson
as Inept Archer
Peter Pitofsky
as Inept Archer
Mathew Saks
as Party Guest
Robin Shepard
as Party Guest
Johnny Cocktails
as Wedding Guest
Laurie Main
as Wedding Guest
Ira Miller
as Villager
David DeLuise
as Villager
Robert Noble
as Villager
Tony Tanner
as Villager
Henry Kaiser
as Villager
Carol Arthur
as Complaining Villager
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Critic Reviews for Robin Hood: Men in Tights

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | October 13, 2008
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Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Cary Elwes is far more dashing and jubilant than either Kevin Costner or Russell Crowe, and he seems born for the role, rather than shoehorned into it.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

This painfully unfunny spoof rivals Dracula: Dead and Loving It as Brooks' worst film.

Full Review… | April 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for Robin Hood: Men in Tights

'We're men...we're men in tights...YES! we roam around the forest looking for fights!'

A strange choice for Brooks I think, he seemed to move into historical legends in the 90's along with his take on Dracula. The tag for the film is accurate I guess, this legend did have it coming for sure with so many variations out there at the time...most notably and laughably the Kevin Costner debacle. Also not forgetting the Patrick Bergin Robin Hood flick that was emulating Costner's version!

Of course being a Brooks film the cast is made up of all his regulars...and I'm sure if his older regulars weren't dead he'd have used them too. Amy Yasbeck begins her brief Brooks career here as Marian before rejoining Brooks for Dracula. Dick Van Pattern is back after working with Brooks in 'High Anxiety' and 'Spaceballs', Megan Cavanagh and Matt Porretta both went on to Dracula along with Yasbeck and finally the magnificent pair of Dom Deluise and Robert Ridgely are both Brooks film veterans.

Naturally there has been many liberties taken with the plot...well actually its based around other Robin Hood movies really, nothing to do with the actual fable at all. Its clear to see the classic Errol Flynn version and the classic animated Disney version are the two main influences here. Brooks pretty much follows both of these films scene for scene whilst adding his own unique brand of spoofery. This whole approach does actually work well in all honesty because you can enjoy the cartoonish tomfoolery and it also kinda harks back to a different age of cinema. Whether this was intentional or not I'm not sure, it probably just happened because they were spoofing two classic films but the quaint visuals, simple effects and colourful characters are very appealing.

There is a thin line between the silly childish humour and the slightly more risky adult humour which I think is handled well. I say adult humour but its not really that bad, just a touch of toilet humour. Whilst most of the laughs fall flat I can't deny there are some nice chuckles to be had and some clever imaginative send-ups. The usual blend of visual slapstick and cheesy dialog is to be expected but much of it is all in the delivery and luckily this movie does have some noteworthy comedic performances.

Its quite a surprise that Elwes does actually put in a solid funny performance as Robin Hood, what's even more surprising is the fact he does have a slightly similar resemblance to Flynn...a blonde Flynn. His little tufts of facial hair, the fact he's British, that wry smug smile of his when he fights and all tied together in the classic green and brown attire. At the same time Richard Lewis is also a great Prince John! I loved how his mole kept moving across his face in each scene and his 80's mullet hairdo, plus this guy can deliver a funny line. He has this great whiny nervous tone to his voice which really comes to life when he panics and cries 'hurt them! hurt them!!'.

I also must confess to enjoying Brooks small cameo as a Rabbi, could of gone another way but the old ones are the best ones I guess. Eric Kramer is also surprisingly amusing as the towering Little John, not so much to say but he is good with the visual comedy side of things as was Blankfield as the blind 'Blinkin'...sounds utterly cringeworthy I know but it does work. It was only Rees as the Sheriff of Rottingham (*groan*) that seemed to swing and miss for me, clearly trying way too hard to hammer those funny lines in. Same could be said for Tracy Ullman as the witch who didn't even really need to be there.

As I'm sure everybody knows by now a film like this is all about the delivery, the comedic performances of the actors, if that aspect is nailed then the film is reasonably secured. Its not about the effects or sets or costumes...although its nice if they look good but end of the day its whether you can laugh with the film and not at it for being crap. Personally I think this movie just about makes the grade, its earned somewhat of a cult status over time and I can see why. There is a lot of embarrassing crud in here this is true (Dave Chappelle), some visual gags are terribly simple bordering on downright infantile whilst some of the visuals are very basic. But (and its a biggish but) there is also just enough solid cheeky clever lampoonery and dialog along with performances to make you smile. Although it doesn't have the overall sheen of Brooks follow up vampire flick.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

One of Mel Brooks lesser efforts still has it's guilty pleasures as well as the usual collection of Brooksian toilet gags. While much is disposable, and you will, there undoubtably is one something joke or gag that'll have you smiling to yourself the next day at work. Don't bother repeating it, they would've had to have been there.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Charmingly fun and one of the best parodies of all time, despite the fact that most of the jokes are kind of bad and cheap. What makes up for that though is the big glint in its eye combined with a very likable cast. And it was hilarious to see Patrick Stewart in such an unusual role. Especially as I'm more used to seeing him as the all-too-uptight Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek TNG.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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