Monday, June 25, 2012

Movie Monday: Robin Hood: Men in Tights

OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS. I HAVE REAL INTERNET AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is quite possibly the most exciting thing of ever. I can use Youtube again! Pinterest! Tumblr! I don't have to tweet from my phone! I don't have to use Gmail in HTML! VISIT *ALL* THE WEBSITES!

I fully expect to have gone through our entire internet allocation by the end of the week, the way I'm going at the moment. Even my computer was excited to have it back - the first thing it did when I turned it on this morning was download 95MB worth of antivirus updates...



I love the crap out of this movie. I think I first saw it in about 1995, and I still quote chunks of it on an almost daily basis. Because it is SPECTACULAR.

Reasons why Robin Hood: Men in Tights is awesome:
1. Cary Elwes. I love him more as Westley in The Princess Bride, but he's still fantastic in this.
2. The rap at the start. I may not be able to do the Fresh Prince of Bel Air rap (mainly because I didn't see Fresh Prince until I was about 25...), but I can rap this. (Really badly, but that's totally not the point)
3. Dave Chappelle as Ahchoo, the foreign exchange student.
4. The entire series of scenes in the jail in Jerusalem. 
5. Roger Rees as the Sheriff of Rottingham.
6. Swimming from Jerusalem to England.
7. Patrick Stewart as King Richard.
8. Ahchoo's Reebok Pumps. They're so spectacularly 90s.
Reebok released these this year. WTF. Also, source.
9. Tracy Ulman as Latrine.
10. The fight between Robin and Little John on the bridge.
11. Robin knocking over all the knights in armour. Apparently that scene took weeks to set up and get right.
12. Mel Brooks. Both as director and as Rabbi Tuckman.
13. The "Men in Tights" song.
14. Isaac Hayes (aka Chef from South Park) as Asneeze.
15. Marian's hilariously enormous hair.
16. Megan Cavanagh as Broomhilde. I think she's quite possibly my favourite thing about this movie.
17. All the 20th century anachronisms
18. Latrine saving Rottingham with a Lifesaver.
19. Robin fighting a guard while drinking a tankard of beer.
20. All the references to The Godfather.
21. Blinkin.
22. The guards playing kazoo.
23. Richard Lewis as Prince John. Although every time I watch this movie, I spent at least five minutes thinking it's Christopher Meloni (aka Elliot Stabler from SVU)
24. Cary Elwes' facial expressions. Priceless!

Plus, the following quotes (seriously - I could just list the entire script in here):
- "Hey, Blinkin." "Did you just say 'Abe Lincoln'???" "No, I did not say 'Abe Lincoln', I said HEY BLINKIN. Hold the reigns, man."
- "A chastity belt? That's going to chafe my willy!"
- "Scarlet's my middle name. My full name's Will Scarlet O'Hara. We're from Georgia."
- "And why should the people listen to you?" "Because unlike some OTHER Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent!"
- "A toll is a toll. And a roll is a roll. And if we don't get no tolls, then we don't eat no rolls. I made that up."
- "King illegal forest to pig wild kill in it a is!"
- "Are you with me? Yea or nay?" "Which one means yes?"
- "Man, white men can't jump..."
- "Blinkin, listen to me. They've taken the castle!" "I thought it felt a bit drafty. Cor, this never would have happened if your father was alive." "He's dead?" "Yes..." "And my mother?" "She died of pneumonia while... [remembers] Oh, you were away!" "My brothers?" "They were all killed by the plague." "My dog, Pongo?" "Run over by a carriage." "My goldfish, Goldie?" "Eaten by the cat." "[on the verge of tears] My cat?" "Choked on the goldfish. [pause] Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Robin?"
- "Robin of Locksley, where is your king?" "King? King? And which king might that be? King Richard? King Louis? King Kong? LARRY KING?"
- "Oh, if 'twere you, 'twould be...twerrific."
- "On the count of kick!"
- "Ohhh, that happy little bluebird has left a happy little doodoo on your hand."
- "I HAVE A MOLE?????"
- "What are you in for?" "Jaywalking."
- "Pissed off? If I were that close to a horse's weiner, I'd be worried about getting pissed ON."
- "Good people, who have travelled from villages near and far, lend me your ears! [people pull off their ears and throw them at Robin] That's disgusting..."
- "Blinkin, what are you doing up there?" "Guessing. one's coming." "Get down from there! You twit..."
- "Blinkin, fix your boobs! You look like a bleeding Picasso!"
- "Aaaah, toasty varm!"
- "Oh, master Robin! You lost your arms in battle! How terrible... But you grew some NICE boobs."

So, are you with me? Yea or nay?

K xx


  1. Um, so obviously yay! What's not to love. Although your love for this movie reminds me of my love for "the court jester" which I feel like is kind of the 1950 equivalent of men in tights but with more scarlett pimpernel action (obviously).

    1. Oooh, I've not seen that one! I'll have to add it to the list. And seriously - what's not to love!

  2. I LOVE that movie. I've recently shared it with my kids (age 8 & 10) and they love it too, though some of the 90s references are lost on them.

    1. Yay! Although they're not missing out on much by not getting the 90s references :)

  3. This movie is AWESOME. Why we didn't get to watch it for my Medieval literature class is beyond me. (We got to watch Monty's only fair that we get to watch Robin Hood)

    They don't have this movie on TV often enough.

    1. They really really don't. And that's pretty great that you got to watch Monty Python in class! Although I did a subject called "Archaeology in Film and Literature", and we got to watch Indiana Jones and The Mummy for credit. WHEEEEEE.



    I freakin' ADORE Dave Chappelle. Adore. "Chappelle's Show" was utter brilliance. And I'm not surprised I didn't know he was in this seeing as I haven't seen "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" since the mid-90s and I wasn't paying attention to the actors.

    And yes, I agree, the movie is ridiculously awesome. Must watch it again post-haste!

    "Which one means yes?"


    Congratulations that you has the internetz again, yeeeehaaaaw!


    1. You really really must. And apparently it was Dave Chappelle's first role - to the point where he was listed as "David Chappelle" in the credits!

  5. YAY!!!!!! When I was in high school I was in the madrigal ensemble and my senior year the guys surprised the girls by singing the Men in Tights song. It was one of the greatest moments of my high school life.

  6. My very first semester at CNU, we had a Halloween dance, and several of the senior guys dressed up at the Men in Tights and sang the song and did the dance and it was hilarious.

    I'm not a huge Mel Brooks fan, in general, but I loooove Men in Tights. Cary Elwes is freaking hilarious.

    I recently watched it with some friends and we determined that Marian isn't actually that attractive and actually doesn't sing that well and so my friend Patches recast me as her. I told him that I would totes be okay playing opposite Cary Elwes. :P

    1. I'm not a huge fan of Mel Brooks' stuff besides this. I mean, I like it. But it's not essential viewing.

      And I HATE how obvious it is that Marian's voice was dubbed. HATE IT. So yeah, I'd be okay with you playing her too.

  7. Yay!

    This is actually my dad's favorite movie, so it holds a special place in my heart, in addition to being a Mel Brooks movie.

    I just love this movie to death.

    1. For serious. I don't think I'll EVER get sick of this movie.

  8. Inconceivable! (More inconceivable is that I spelled it right on the first try)

    1. Awww, Lauren, honey. That's the OTHER Cary Elwes movie ;)

  9. Yay, girl. Yay.

    I actually haven't see this in too long. It went through a while where it was being played on TV ALL. THE. TIME and I would watch it every single time I caught it. It seriously needs to be revisited.

    Your blog inspires so much homework.

    1. I'm sorry my blog causes you homework. At least it's the GOOD kind of homework??

  10. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! I first saw it at the Dromana drive-in (back-to-back with Sleepless In Seattle, before I was old enough to appreciate it) and have since watched it a further 31 times. Mind you, it's been a while...

    1. Holy crap, that's one hell of a random back-to-back. Only 31 times since? I'm disappointed in you! ;)

  11. This is one of those essential movies, really, with quotes for every occasion. Just the other day at work, a colleague and I had cause to use "tight TIGHT tights!" in the course of conversation with a student. Just brilliant.


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