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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  14 May 1938 (USA)
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When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

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Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian, and foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and keep the nefarious Prince John off the throne. Written by Little Pine Weasel <kristinat@cerritos.edu>

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Excitement...Danger...Suspense...as this classic adventure story sweeps across the screen! See more »


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Rated PG for adventure violence | See all certifications »

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14 May 1938 (USA)  »

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$1,900,000 (estimated)
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold was excited about the prospects of working on the film and had even worked out possible themes and passages in his head as he made the crossing from Austria to Hollywood. But when he saw the completed film, he got cold feet, pleading with Wallis to release him from his contract on the grounds that "I am a musician of the heart, of passions and psychology; I am not a musical illustrator for a 90% action picture." History, however, intervened in the form of Hitler's invasion of Vienna. With his home and assets seized and his son and other family members in need of rescue from Austria, Korngold went forward with the job, later saying "My life was saved by Robin Hood." See more »

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When Robin is standing on the gallows, he notices that his merry men are scattered throughout the crowd waiting to rescue him. One of the people he notices is Friar Tuck. But, moments later when Robin escapes, Friar Tuck is blocks away, driving a wagon which he uses to impede the progress of Robin's pursuers. Robin could not have noticed him from this great distance. See more »

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[first lines]
Town Crier announcing capture of Richard: News has come from Vienna: "Leopold of Austria has seized King Richard on his return from the Crusades. Our king is being held prisoner. Nothing further is known. His Highness Prince John will make further public pronouncement tomorrow."
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Technicolour comfort food for the eyes!
3 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You know that there are things in your life that you just derive a great deal of comfort from. It may be an old worn jersey, a hot cup of tomato soup on a cold day or the simple smile of your children. All these things are true for me and I will add The Adventures of Robin Hood to that list.

I first saw the film when I was a small boy and I have deliberately avoided buying the DVD on the basis that over-familiarity could breed contempt. I much prefer the serendipity of finding it scheduled on a wet winter Sunday afternoon. Then I can relax in front of the fire and just revel in Errol's hammy balletic performance as Hood, or the simply too-beautiful-for-words Olivia in soft focus or the delightfully dastardly duo Rathbone and Raines...superb!

Just do yourself a favour occasionally and let this Technicolour wonder wash over you - forget that it bears no relationship to actual history; just accept this Hollywood version of how England once was (and should still be).

Cheers!


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