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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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prince | saxon | king | norman | outlaw | 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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Robin Hood  »

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$1,900,000 (estimated)
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Eugene Pallette was not the first choice for the role of Friar Tuck. Guy Kibbee was originally slated for the part. See more »

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Bess sees Marian arrested and then runs to tell Much about the assassination plot and Marian's arrest. Much kills the assassin, but when he reports to Robin and Richard, he says Marian has been "condemned to the block." He couldn't have known that from what Bess told him, because Marian was condemned after Bess ran to warn Much. See more »

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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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