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2008 Update - Buy the now-available DVD. Much better quality. The DVD is a limited "club" edition, but can be purchased from Amazon's outside sellers.
Set in 12th century England at the start of Richard the Lionheart's crusade to the Holy Land, we see England as it was then, rural, mainly poor, solidly Catholic, devoted to the Holy Mother Church, and ruled over by a benevolent king about to set off to holy war while he leaves his evil, scheming younger brother, Prince John, behind to rule in his stead. When the film opens, their mother, Queen Elinor of Aquitaine, is giving her blessing to the enterprise while reminding all within earshot that she needs no looking after ("The woman who bore two sons like you", she informs her oldest son the king, "can take care of herself"). And here is Robin, 18 years old, wishing he could tag along after the king, but without a care in the world except winning the upcoming archery tournament and chasing Maid Marian. But this idyll is about to come crashing down; after winning the tournament and rudely rejecting to serve under the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin's father is murdered by the sheriff's right-hand man, and is killed by Robin in turn. It's off to Sherwood Forest for life on the run as an outlaw, while Robin gathers around him other outcasts who have been impoverished by the sheriff's rapacious deputies.Read more ›
The cast is uniformly excellent: Richard Todd is very good as Robin Hood and Joan Rice is a sweet and very believable Maid Marian; Peter Finch is easily the best Sheriff of Nottingham and James Robertson Justice is the best Little John of all the Robin Hood movies; and Elton Hayes singing as Allan-a-Dale throughout the movie is wonderful.
The cinematography by Guy Green is beautiful. All in all, a great version of the Robin Hood legend.
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I enjoyed this movie as a child, it didn't disappoint me to watch it again!Published 1 month ago by Jay Thomas
This movie is by far the best modern classy rendition of the story:) The background and main characters are outstanding, and the violence is held to a minimum, thanks Walt! Read morePublished 2 months ago by IrishBaron
A classic telling of Robin Hood. A fun movie for the whole family to sit and watch together. We love the animated version that came later of course but this holds it's own place... Read morePublished 3 months ago by N. Lilley
I love this Robin Hood! Watched it as a kid from the library, now that I'm grown had to find it again. Intense for little kids, but is amazing for me! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rachel
Great family movie. My kids loved this when they were little (youngest child is now 20) and we still enjoy watching it together today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rick