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Gun & Games: Blunders & Bloopers

No film is without its flaws. Like Lorna Doone, there may be only one that an acute observer would notice. Sadly, The Mask of Zorro is very flawed... but it never lessons the impact of fun it is to view this masterpiece. Some people might ask me why I would choose to point out the flaws in a film that I admire so much. Well, for one thing it's fun... and for another, it always gives you another reason to watch the movie...

Blunders... 

 

Bloopers 

Raphael Montero says, "What I'm saying, Captain, is that my horse could win this army better than you!" The proper grammar would be either, "What I'm saying, Captain, is that my horse could win this war better than you!" or "What I'm saying, Captain, is that my horse could lead this army better than you!"

Heather suggests that it is "What I'm saying, Captain, is that my horse could run this army better than you," which does make sense, but I've listened to that scene several times and cannot make it out. I suppose it could have been slurred badly --- and which is what probably happened.

Diego de le Vega, a wealthy Don and the "outlaw" to His Excellency, Don Raphael Montero. Why is it that no one ever notices that Zorro's eyes are a pale, almost transparent, blue in a world of dark-eyed, black-haired Spaniards and Mexicans? Wouldn't Montero be suspicious, even if he didn't know Diego was Zorro by the cut on his arm? Wouldn't this come to the attention of anyone even remotely connected with Zorro?

Alejandro is taught by Diego to be a gentlemen, formerly an outlaw who probably couldn't even write his own name. (He couldn't read ~ this is apparent in his asking Three-Fingered Jack, "How much are we worth?") And yet he doesn't hesitate to dance with beautiful Elena. How comes it that they both know the same dance? But more importantly, how did Alejandro learn it? Somehow I can't picture Diego and Alejandro cutting up the dance floor in practice, especially in that "spirited dance"! :)

 

Other Common Misconceptions... 

Diego is a somewhat fair-skinned man with blue eyes and moderately light brown hair, his wife is obviously Hispanic, but has paler skin than his own, and they have a very dark child together (dark hair, skin AND eyes). At the end, we see Alejandro, a very dark (hair, eyes, skin) man and Elena, the dark (hair, eyes, skin) child of Diego and Esperanza, married and with a fair-haired Caucasian baby. I'm not an expert on genetics, but does that seem very likely to you that this would happen? :: Wipeout ::

I am not an expert on genetics myself, but it is possible for dark-haired, dark-eyed parents to have a light-eyed child. Elena's father had blue eyes, and normally, brown would overpower the blue gene in passing (the result for her own brown eyes), however, it is possible that Alejandro also had a blue gene. We know nothing of his parents - in all possibility, one might have had lighter skin and eyes. Also, it must be considered that many newborns have blue eyes, which change in time... likewise with the hair color. 

Raphael Montero turns over most of California in land grants to the dons. Later, when he returns, Don Luez presents him with a small gold clip, saying, "This is a fool's apology for ever doubting you." When did he doubt?

The answer can be found in the novel version of the film. Apparently, a short scene was cut where Don Luez says, "You've given all the other Dons the most lush and well-worth land of California. Why do I get the barren dessert?" and Raphael replies simply, "Trust me, my friend."

Before the end of the movie, Alejandro is not wealthy; a mere apprentice to Zorro, and yet, at the end, we see him walking down a long and elegant corridor into the sunset. Where'd he get his money?

The answer is, of course, Elena. She inherited not only Diego de le Vega's money and titles, but those of Raphael Montero as well.

Elena doesn't seem the least bit distressed over the fact that Raphael, the man whom has cared for her since infancy, has just been killed, but rather fans over Diego, whom she has only known a short time.

Elena is more concerned with saying goodbye to her real father than crying over Raphael, simply because there's nothing she can do about her foster-father at that moment, and she knows that Diego will soon die.

Okay, when we see Elena in the barn, she's wearing a chemise, corset, and pantaloons. Why is it, then, later, at the mine, when she leaps over something, we see a stocking go up to about her mid-shin, and then a patch of bare leg? Why isn't she wearing the traditional under garb?

The answer was provided to this question in a series of articles I happened to read about the filming. It was SO hot on the mine set, in New Mexico, that Zeta refused to wear anything more than was necessary. Apparently this shot was overlooked and discredited.