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Princess of Thieves

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Robin Hood's legacy seems destined for obscurity due to the birth of his daughter, Gwyn, in The Princess of Thieves. Raised by a devout uncle, Gwyn develops into a headstrong young woman who's resentful of her father's prolonged absences. When Robin Hood at last comes to visit his daughter, Gwyn's impulsive disrespect of his wishes endangers his life and the rightful succession of Prince Philip to the throne of England. Deceit and chance throw Gwyn and Philip together, the pair forms an unlikely alliance, and Gwyn's unique perspective prompts Philip to rethink his beliefs and ambitions, and ultimately changes England's entire future. A talented cast includes Keira Knightley, Malcolm McDowell, Stuart Wilson, Jonathan Hyde, and Stephen Moyer. Adventure, heroism, and folklore reign in this entertaining, 90-minute made-for-TV movie from Disney. (Ages 8-13) --Tami Horiuchi

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QTA2
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By randomartco VINE VOICE on July 21, 2006
Format: DVD
I stumbled across this delightful treat of a Disney film a few years ago, just as Kiera Knightley was breaking onto the Hollywood scene in "Bend It Like Beckham"...

A family-friendly film, this fictional story "Princess of Thieves" centers on Robin Hood's almost-grown teenage daughter, Gwyn (Kiera Knightley). While King Richard lies dying (off at the crusades), his illegitimate son (& rightful heir), Prince Phillip (Stephen Moyer) must bravely face danger & the mercenaries hired by Prince John (Richard's evil brother) to travel across England & ascend the throne. The tempestuous father/daughter relationship between Robin Hood & Gwyn must be overcome (Gwyn is angry with her father, as he is gone all the time & won't let her join his band of merry men), in order that they might help Phillip to his rightful place as ruler, foiling the plans of the evil Prince John. But when Phillip & Gwyn meet by chance under false circumstances, anthing & everything could happen...

For those of you worried about content, this is a very family-friendly movie: there is some mild romantic tension & a time when a woman dressed as a man ends up atop another man for a few seconds (clothes on, they were fighting), there is some killing/death (nothing too drastic or bloody shown) and there is mild violence as people fight. Beyond this, there is little to object to...

I was quite impressed by this film: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for the fictional nature of the story and cheese factor, but I must say I really did like this movie & have watched it quite a few times: a sweet, sweet story with some good actors/actresses, I would recommend this as a nice break from everyday fare & a good film for the whole family to watch!
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Cruelly drubbed by many reviewers for folklore inaccuracies (Robin Hood's daughter is of noble blood etc), blatent historical inaccuracies (revealed in the final reel) and the Disney-fied vision of medieval life. This movie (originally made for television) is actually well worth a look and really not all that bad if taken for what it is (a fantasy re-imagining of the what if the good hearted English outlaw Robin Hood had a daughter who followed in her fathers footsteps). With some great acting - especially from Malcolm McDowell as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and rising Hollywood star Keira (King Arthur, Pirates of the Caribbean) Knightley as the title character Gwyn.
Revolving around the attempts of Robin Hood (and subsequently Gwyn) to safely transport King Richards illegitimate son Phillip to London in an effort to thwart Prince John's designs on the English throne. The movie has enough action to keep the young ones happy and enough drama and romance to make it a diverting picture for the adults.
Kudos also to director Peter Hewitt for providing a light commentary on this DVD.
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This may not wow audiences but it is a decent fictional story from the perspective that Robin and Marian had a daughter. Marian has died and left her husband to raise their daughter. Since he is often gone off to fight for King Richard, it reminds us of single parents raising children today. A tough job that often ends up with some resentment on the part of the child for not being there for them. Sound familiar?

Even still the acting is decent and the production values are good. A relatively light adventure film that the family can enjoy. A romance develops between Gwen and Prince Phillip as he tries to hide from Prince John and the Sheriff of Notingham. Good quality DVD but no extras. Fans of family oriented Disney movies should enjoy it.
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This movie is a favorite of my daughter and I. I like the main imaginative idea of Robin Hood as a single father, bringing up a daughter named Gwyn. Talk about the ultimate tom boy, right? Well she happens to also be a very beautiful girl and the mix of modern and historical sensibilities about gender and the roles we play sets the stage for philosophical reflection, action and discussions.

The positive aspects of this film begins with the location of the filming. Listening to the commentary points out many interesting facts about Romania and filming in general. There is a very excellent film sequence near the beginning showing progressive growth of Gwyn as she awakes in the morning over an approximate 10 year period. For Star Trek fans there is a very funny little aside where the director refers to 2 of his characters as looking like Klingons and they really do. Keira Knightley is superb in this film. I believe that this film role will one day be seen as a classic for it embodies everything she potentially brings to the screen, but does so in a very family friendly story. I really like this actress, but don't care to follow her harder edged characterizations in some other films. I realize my conservative opinion on this and respect her right to pursue her career as she sees fit. The horses are fantastic. You learn from the commentary that they had difficulty with the wild natured Romanian horses and it is fun to see evidence of this on screen. Look for the roving dogs also.

The negative qualities of this film are mostly humorous. The fight sequences are very tame, which is good for a family film. Keira is never physically convincing as a "boy", but all films require some amount of imaginative play.
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