God bless Mel Brooks. Flat tire? House broken into? Learned of a giant asteroid hurtling towards Earth? It doesn’t matter how bad of a day you’ve had, nothing works better to cheer a person up like a Mel Brooks movie.
The writer/director has been making films since the ‘60s and while it’s been a while since he’s directed a movie (1995’s DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT was Brooks’ most recent film), the legacy of the funnyman’s work is still seen today — albeit, twisted and warped into a nightmare shape by the recent crop of parody films. Still… no need to dwell on the ugly. Instead, let’s celebrate the work of Mel Brooks!
Last month we screened Brooks’ classic film SPACEBALLS as a Quote-Along event and you told us you wanted more Mel. Well, we here at the Alamo live to serve. On Thursday, October 20 at Mason Park we will be screening Mel Brooks’ classic comedy ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS.
Starring the perpetually young and charming Cary Elwes, MEN IN TIGHTS was released in the wake of the glorious melodramatic cheesefest that was ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES. Instead of Bryan Adams songs, Mel Brooks filled his Robin Hood movie with as much slapstick, pop culture references and crudely funny sexually suggestive silhouettes.
MEN IN TIGHTS co-stars Richard Lewis (who you may recognize from recent years from his work on “Curb your Enthusiasm”), the lovely Amy Yasbeck (who has been sorely missed from film and television) and Dave Chappelle. Also along for the ride in small roles are Isaac Hayes, Tracey Ullman, Patrick Stewart, Dom DeLuise and Mel Brooks himself.
MEN IN TIGHTS wasn’t actually Mel Brooks’ first stab at the Robin Hood legend. In 1975, Brooks created a sitcom for ABC called “When Things Were Rotten.” The series starred Richard Gautier as Robin Hood and was very much in the tone of Brooks’ previous hit TV show “Get Smart.” Unlike “Get Smart,” though, “When Things Were Rotten” only lasted 13 episodes — giving Brooks an opportunity to shelve his ideas and let them age a bit. The result, like a fine brandy, was pretty damn tasty.
Like all of our Quote-Along events, we’ve programmed a full night of fun around the film. You’ll be given props to interact with during the movie and we’ll have pre-movie games. Most importantly, we’ve put the best lines from the movie on the screen so you can quote along as if you were playing movie karaoke.
Whether you’re just looking for a laugh or you want to have a great night where you can take a break from roaming around the forest looking for fights, strap on a pair of tights and join the rest of the manly men headed to the Alamo Drafthouse — Mason Park, you’ll want to join us for our screening of ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS. Prepare for the fight scene!