Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French?Written by
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Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Rachel Weisz were, in that order, the three main candidates in consideration to play Maid Marian. After Winslet turned the part down, Blanchett was offered the role. Since she accepted, Weisz didn't get the offer. See more »
The stone castles are of a style not seen until the reign of John's grandson, Edward Longshanks, and England was not known for its longbow archers until after the time of Edward as well. England got its longbowman from Wales as mercenaries until after the time of Wales' final defeat during the reign of Longshanks. See more »
I was an old maid when Robert courted me. I was a daughter of a respectable widow with a thimbleful of noble blood. We were wed, and then a week later he left to join ship for France and the Holy Lands. And that was my married life, to a man I hardly knew.
A good knight.
Short but sweet.
I mean he was a good knight.
A good knight at arms. A soldier.
Oh, yes, my knight-in-arms, even so. And I in his.
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The first part of the end credits are in the same style as Ridley Scott's production company 'Scott Free Productions'. See more »
On DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the 16-minutes longer "Director's Cut" contains slightly more violence and expanded battles and additional character development. See more »
Robin Hood is a very professionally made film. Great actors, great production design, great images. It is nice to watch because you feel you are in the capable hands of Ridley Scott. But do not expect to be amazed by the story or the acting. Apart from dame Marion, the characters are two dimensional and predictable. The film pretends to be historically correct, but is of course a well dressed fantasy. There are a few battle scenes, filmed in the Gladiator way. They are exciting, but not very convincing. In fact, they are completely ridiculous when you think you are watching a historically correct film. The worst for me were the boats in the final battle, apparently trying to induce a D-Day feeling.
Overall, the story is off balance. Some scenes have a very slow pace, while other scenes, often key elements that explain how Robin Hood came into existence, are reduced to a few shots and proclamations. The end of the film tells it all: it reminds us that we were supposed to see the story of how the legend of Robin Hood started. The makers just forgot to tell it.
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