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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Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris's original script "Nottingham" was described as "Sherlock Holmes in Sherwood" or "CSI: Sherwood Forest", which turned the traditional story on its head by portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in a more sympathetic light as a forensic detective, and Robin Hood as more of a villain. The script immediately drew the attention of Russell Crowe, who was keen to play the Sheriff. The script was sold overnight to Ron Howard's production company Imagine Entertainment after a bidding war, and Ridley Scott was soon attached as director. However, Scott demanded extensive re-writes by Brian Helgeland because he wanted a more action-driven story, and wanted the Sheriff of Nottingham to be a more conflicted character. However, Scott also rejected Helgeland's version, which supposedly had the Sheriff and Robin Hood being the same person. New rewrites were done by British playwright Paul Webb and later by Tom Stoppard, who reworked the story while the movie was already being filmed. Reportedly, $6.7 million was spent on the script and subsequent re-writes, during which the Sheriff character (played by Matthew Macfadyen) was reduced to a bit-part. Not much of the original screenplay survived except for a bigger role for maid Marion, but despite this, Reiff and Voris still retained a story credit. See more »
When the French king is preparing to land on the English Coast, he is told that they would land in "about 40 minutes". Time was not measured in minutes at that time. The closest they could tell was before mid-day or after mid-day. See more »
It seems we are to share my chamber. A ruse to convince the servants.
Well, if the aim is deception, should you not be addressing me as "My husband" or "My dear"?
Don't be ridiculous.
[Marion walks alone toward the stairs while Robin remains seated]
Well, are you coming or not?
Ask me nicely.
Please, dear husband, will you share my chamber.
[Marion drops into a half-curtsy and whistles for the dogs as she walks up the stairs]
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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 »
I enjoyed this movie and was impressed by the amount of detail Ridley Scott puts into his productions.
Yes, it could have been better and I think some of the areas where it failed to meet the excellence of Gladiator were:
* Plot – too convoluted, better to keep it simple and the hate more intense between the goodies and the baddies. * Character development – there was virtually none for the Merry Men. If Little John, Will Scarlet and co are in the movie, please give them something meaningful to say. * Editing - I think the movie fell down in this area and the narrative seemed stunted and disjointed at times. Perhaps the material was not just there in the first place? * A lack of passion – Russell Crowe in particular was too low key in his role but was not the only one. And Russell, I did get confused at times as to what part of old England you came from.
But there were some that put much more into it such as Cate Blanchett and Max Von Sydow (good to see this great old actor can still perform) and the movie did have many good points. It was certainly a lot different to what I expected and some of the sets and scenes were outstanding. Watch for the dazzling credits. Looks from the ending there will be a sequel and with a few improvements, I think it can be great.
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