Sword of Sherwood Forest
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Maid Marian appears as well, played by the cute and feisty Sarah Branch. However, Branch appears young enough to be Richard Greene's daughter, and they don't seem to have the chemistry that a Robin and Marian should have. The film's storyline has a bit too much plot for a simple old-fashioned adventure. There are times when Robin seems almost a minor part of the tale. The action sequences will be a disappointment to those used to in-your-face violence and video game style editing. Greene seems a bit old and too laid-back. He's not a bad Robin, but many will expect a Robin Hood with more pizazz.
Despite this, SWORD is not a bad production, if one looks at it for what it is. It's not the greatest Robin Hood tale of all time, but it supplies 80 minutes of decent entertainment for those veiwers who will accept classic film fare.Read more ›
The acting is credible all the way through, the only disappointment being a rather lacklustre leading lady. But fine English thespians more than make up for that. Peter Cushing does the villainy, as always, superbly while Niall McGinnis is probably the screen's finest Friar Tuck. McGinnis makes more of the character than the usual gluttonous bufoon characterization of so many other interpreters.
A good film which belongs in your collection.
That won't mean anything to you, bargain hunter, but believe me when I tell you that 'Sword of Sherwood Forest' of all the Robin Hood movies I've seen, is the one that comes closest to capturing the spirit and stylised sumptuousness of my glorious book.
Hammer movies always look good, like they were following an imaginary brief to make every up for low budgets with Constable-worthy scenery - but this one is truly exceptional.
Richard Greene plays Hood as a stereotypical, square-jawed hero and Sarah Branch is delicious as a (VERY) reluctant Marian but it's the villains on this particular stage that make the work interesting. Peter Cushing is superb as the conniving Sheriff of Nottingham - a role pre-empting one of his best performances as the similarly conspiratorial Dr. Namaroff in 'the Gorgon'. Richard Pasco (CBE, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and, fascinatingly, married to Barbara Leigh-Hunt of Hitchcock's 'Frenzy') plays his unscrupulous accomplice, the Earl of Newark; and a young, squeaky-voiced (dubbed ?) Oliver Reed glowers as the nasty back-stabber, Lord Melton. This is probably why 'Sword of Sherwood Forest' was filmed on location in Ireland rather than Bray Studios in England: the amount of scene-chewing these three get through would've endangered the next batch of production. Cushing, in particular, is a riot.Read more ›
Instead, it seems like the movie was done as an afterthought. None of the great characters like the series had. The plot even seemed to be a bit.....contrived.
Even Richard Greene's performance seemed a bit muted compared to that of the series.
On it's own, it was an adequate movie, just disappointing compared to the series.
It has some fine archery, rousing swordplay and horsemanship, droll humor, a very engaging hero and heroine, some quite nasty villains -- including an entirely wicked Oliver Reed in a very early role -- and an unusual storyline that I won't go into, since it unfolds much in the way of a mystery.
I recommend this without reservation for fanciers of swashbucklers, Richard Greene, Robin Hood stories, and those who just like to have a good time!
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Richard Greene made a series of Robin Hood and his merry men. Which was shown on British Television during the fifties and early sixties. After which this movie was made. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Peterllew
Found this genre in the discount DVD rack in black and white TV short episodes. Bought this color full length version because the TV version was very entertaining. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Publius
Richard Greene is the ultimate 50's Robin Hood, and this movie is a wonderful follow up to that long-running, fabulous series. Read morePublished 9 months ago by British tv fan
Richard Greene must have needed the money when he made this. ShamefulPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
So Hammer Films took a stab at Robin Hood, I love all things Robin Hood and Hammer Films. Now the disclaimer. This was atrocious! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Russell S