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The Scottish folk hero fights for clan and honor, hunted by vile aristocrats in the 1700s.
One of the most invigorating period adventures to hit the big screen in decades, this lavish, brilliantly directed film drew critical and audience raves when it was released in 1995. Inspired by historical fact and larger-than-life legend, the intelligently scripted story takes place in Scotland in 1713, when Highland farmer and clan leader Rob Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson) is forced to borrow money from the duplicitous aristocrat Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) to help his clan survive a harsh winter. When Montrose's vile henchman (Tim Roth) schemes to dishonor MacGregor and his wife (Jessica Lange) and take the money for himself, the rugged Highlander must take courageous action to preserve his integrity. What follows--along with some of the finest sword-fighting ever filmed--is a tale of courage and valor destined to become an enduring movie classic. Tim Roth received a well-deserved Oscar nomination (for Best Supporting Actor) for his indelible performance as the foppish but deadly villain Cunningham, and both Neeson and Lange bring an earthy, sensual quality to their passionate roles. Boasting a wealth of breathtaking scenery and high-intensity action, Rob Roy is further blessed by a splendid supporting cast (including Brian Cox and Eric Stoltz), and the lush soundtrack by Carter Burwell strikes a perfect balance of romanticism and vigorous dramatic energy. --Jeff Shannon
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Rob Roy is one of my all-time favorite movies. Set in Scotland, and filmed in its entirety there, it is a movie with grandeur but also incredibly personal stories. The romance between the hero and his wife is superbly portrayed. Really, they are obviously in love and adore each other; their eyes speak more than the script. Jessica Lang gives one of her best performances and she exudes dignity, strength and honor. The way she uses her hands to touch his face evokes pure love and joy at being able to touch him. Plus, there is lots of action, sword fights, costumes and kilts!
when asked by the Duke to spread the rumor that his rival was a Jacobite, MaGregor refused to do so at the risk of loosing his hundred pound loan from the Duke. He could not do such a thing as to bring False Witness Against His Neighbor (of course this comes from the Ten Commandments). He was a good man in the movie and loved his wife dearly played by Jessica Lange. who sometimes found herself being "but a cast shadow to the love she beared him." She fought or had to contend with his sense of honor which she deeply respected him for but felt second to He said honor is a thing a man gives to himself, he told his children. Robert Magregor was a man of peace but he understood the meaning of Justice, and when his clan was mistreated by the English, his evil English nemesis, who was a brutal murderer and thief and rapist who raped Magregor's wife, burned the homes of his clansmen. When Archie rapped Jessica Lange the scene was brutal and hard to bear. I turned away. She tried to help a servant girl who was pregnant woman who played "Archie's lover". When she told Archie that she loved him, he replied "love is but a dung hill and I'm a cock who climbs on top to crow." She broke down in tears not knowing what to do. She was dismissed from service because of her pregnancy. He cared nothing for her and said her child would not be the first bastard born in Scotland, after suggesting she might abort the child by using a handy twig of sorts. MaGregor's wife, played terrifically by Jessica Lange, tried to save her and her baby. She ended by hanging herself, Archie the Englishman being the chief culprit. The movie ended with a rivalry between MaGregor and Archie the Englishman. MaGregor had found out that Archie had rapped his wife. They dueled with swords with MaGregor using a large blade compared to the swift blade of the Englishman.The duel was arranged. He had been wronged in so many ways he asked his supporter, another Duke who was a moral man, to arrange this duel. While seeming to loose, MaGregor grabbed the blade of his rival Archie, and held it while he picked up his sword and shattered the Englishman (This legend made a great hero. The movie was released the same time as Braveheart, I believe in 1995).
If you liked "Braveheart", you should enjoy this movie - it doesn't have large gory battle sequences or as many humorous moments, but it has stellar character performances from Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange and Eric Stoltz as the good guys, and equally stellar performances from John Hurt, Brian Cox and especially Tim Roth as the bad guys. Actually, the Archie Cunningham character in "Rob Roy" is probably Tim Roth's best turn as villain ever.
Anyway, my review is for the Blu ray transfer, which is a big improvement over the original DVD release. The opening static splash shot is ominously grainy, but the movie itself looks fine.
For me, the acid test was the dank "castle" (?) scene where we first encounter Roth's character. The original DVD of that dark scene was awash in film noise and looked pretty bad. It is much improved on the Blu release.
Though not as good overall as the Blu release of "Braveheart" (which looks awesome in high def), for the money, "Rob Roy" on Blu is worth the upgrade if you are a fan.
Without revealing a spoiler, the scene of the fight between Neesom and Roth ended with an unbelievable approach. What happened was not possible in the ordinary course of things. But that one thing certainly does not render the entire movie bad.
Jessica Lange's portrayal of strength and shame after her violation is a classic.
Watch this movie with high expectations of good story, excellent acting, and quality entertainment. You won't be disappointed.
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