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A classic tale of Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood robs the rich to aid the poor, tries to rid England of Prince John's tyranny and gain the hand of the lovely Maid Marian.
Dashing Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood in the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story. Warner Brothers reunited Michael Curtiz, their top-action director, with the winning team of Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian) and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and pulled out all stops for the production. It became their costliest film to date, a grandly handsome, glowing Technicolor adventure set to a stirring, Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The decadent Prince John (a smoothly conniving Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard's absence to tax the country into poverty but meets his match in the medieval guerrilla rebel Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, who rise up and, to quote a cliché coined by the film, "steal from the rich and give to the poor." Stocky Alan Hale Sr. plays Robin's loyal friend Little John (a part he played in Douglas Fairbanks's silent version), Eugene Palette the portly Friar Tuck, and Melville Cooper the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham. Flynn's confidence and cocky charm makes for a perfect Robin Hood, and his easygoing manner is a marvelous counterpoint to Rathbone's regal bearing and courtly diction. The film climaxes in their rousing battle-to-the-finish sword fight, a magnificently choreographed scene highlighted by Curtiz's inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls. --Sean Axmaker
A classic. Bought it for my sister as a surprise gift. One of her all time favorites!!
She's my one of my favorites!!
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Through the different variations of Robin Hood that have been produced over last few decades, the myth of Robin Hood has grown in awareness in western culture. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Matthew Carter
Exciting and brilliant movie. Great performances break-neck speed direction and a production design that's simply outstanding. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Leslie Kael
Great costumes, great sword play, great archery, great horses. And why can't I find clothes like Oliiva de Haviland wore in this film? She is a knock-out. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Caitlin Cray
Not one of the re-makes come anywhere near the perfection of this one.Published 10 days ago by Barbara Forman-Mack
One of my all time favorite movies! Errol Flynn truly personifies Robin Hood, while the beautiful Olivia DeHaviland is luminous as Maid Marion. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Charlene A. Kowalski
Rip rollicking fun and a true history of the Anglo-Saxon and Norman peoples' struggle to live in peace in medieval England. Lessons for today abound.Published 19 days ago by Walter Mitty
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The Manchurian Candidate still packs a punch in its early 1960s dramatization, though it was remade in more recent years. Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) has never been remade, but was the forerunner of the James Bond films and oodles of other thrillers, and is still a potent thriller.
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