Robin and Marian

Robin and Marian

DVD - 2002
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The legend of Robin Hood continues when Robin and Little John return from the Crusades under the command of King Richard the Lionheart. But when Richard is accidentally slain, the mad King John assumes the throne and Robin regroups the members of his old Sherwood Forest band.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures, c2002, 1976.
ISBN: 9780767882637
0767882636
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.) : sd., col., Dolby digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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RescueDog
Jun 18, 2020

Looks like most reviewers saw something in this movie that I apparently missed. I just couldn't get interested in it.

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g_john_leigh
May 22, 2019

Somehow, by looking at the bio for this film, I got the impression that this film might be good for kids. It is not. It's a reasonably good film, but it's cut from the early 70s cloth of movies that were used to spit in God's face, even while the characters are doing "God's work". Way too much using God's name in cursing and ribbing the Catholic church. Parents with younger children and some Catholics may be offended. And it's just really not worth the time, unless you're curious. Richard Lester did far better films than this one.

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bruce0206
Mar 22, 2019

It’s amazing that this version was made in the 70’s, and while there have been more recent versions (the Costner, Crowe, and Egerton films, as well as multiple American and British television versions), this actually looks and seems the most realistic. The costumes and sets looked authentic, and while some of the costumes in later versions looked like they spent money to make them, they also looked too stylized.

One of the highlights of this version was the accurate portrayal of Richard the Lionheart, by Richard Harris (Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films), as the invader and colonizer he was, rather than the Christ-like savior of the Errol Flynn and Kevin Costner versions. Oddly enough, Sean Connery, who plays Robin Hood here, played Richard the Lionheart in the Costner version.

The screenplay by James Goldman is excellent, at times witty and sad. This can almost be seen as a continuation of his earlier play and film, The Lion in Winter, which also had the characters of Richard and John (both princes in that story).

Overall, the cast is great, and while there is some tongue in cheek humor, the acting is a little more subdued than one would expect, considering the actors involved. Richard Harris, as can be expected isn’t quite as subdued as the rest of the cast in the brief time he’s in it. Connery is excellent as an older Robin Hood, returning from the crusades, still with an insubordinate streak, and a fun loving rascal. The delightful Audrey Hepburn (her first film after being away for ten years), is more poignant than other Marians. Robert Shaw, Nicol Williamson, and Ian Holm (yes. Bilbo), are all great in their roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Little John, and King John, respectively.

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maipenrai
Sep 18, 2017

We all know the story of Robin Hood, but what happened to him and Maid Marian?? Marvelous actors and a lovely story line. Highly recommend!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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c_anderson
Oct 31, 2011

Autumnal, yet funny and spirited.

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