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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.


(original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends), (original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends), 1 more credit »
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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 <>

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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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1.37 : 1
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The film takes place in 1191. See more »


Following his escape from the gallows, Robin closes the gate and then climbs over the wall and down a rope, while facing the wall. Just as he lands on the ground, while facing the wall, the scene jumps to a close-up showing him landing facing away from the wall. See more »


[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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Errol Flynn IS Robin Hood
19 January 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is undoubtedly the best filmed version of the Robin Hood legend ever made. Errol Flynn leads a remarkable cast that seems to jump off the screen in their Technicolor brilliance. Flynn seems born to play this role (or any Swashbuckling Role for that matter). I urge all fans to read his highly entertaining autobiography My Wicked, Wicked Ways. After reading it you see that if he wasn't born to play these types of roles then he certainly spent his life practicing for them. The co-director Michael Curtiz is responsible for so many of the films one thinks about when the 'golden age of the studios' is mentioned – the list is amazing with Casablanca and Yankee Doodle Dandy among them. And just listen to the music! Erich Wolfgang Korngold's musical score is without a doubt one of the finest pieces ever written for the silver screen. If you are a listener of classical music on the radio you are bound to hear the score to this film at least a few times a year. One cannot blame Hollywood for not matching this level of perfection in other Robin Hood versions. Does lighting ever strike in the same place twice?

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