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Way better than Costner or Crowe's, but Errol reigns supreme.
lor_ from New York, New York
29 November 2010
I had seen this softcore Robin Hood at a Cleveland drive-in back in the
'70s, but the DVD-R reissue surprised me: it has a more interesting and
better developed storyline than either of the mega-budgeted recent
versions starring Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner. Who woulda thunk it?
The actors wisely do not affect British accents but are otherwise
adequate in this retelling of Robin Hood's role during the wars upon
King Richard's return home to England.
Soft porn stalwart Steve Vincent is cast as Richard's evil brother
Prince John, with a particularly phony beard. He's in league with a
fine actress Lynn Cartwright (who has many mainstream credits over the
years) as Lady Sallyforth, who plots to capture Robin Hood, steal his
hoarded gold and ensure that everyone pay their taxes to support John
in the upcoming battle against Richard.
In this version the baddies conspire to use Maid Marian against Robin,
and this makes for some useful dramatics. She is also cast against
type, with Marian having huge breasts and dark hair. Film's highlight
is a lengthy torture scene, rather imaginatively staged by director
Richard Kanter in an attempt to outdo the softcore king of s&m Lee
Frost, as Sallyforth does all sorts of nasty things to a
Many other subplots keep the pot boiling and even manage to engender
almost-moving emotions amongst the characters, though the periodic
"stop everything" to make way for fully-nude sex simulation scenes are
more than distracting. It's well-shot by erstwhile cameraman and
sometime director Paul Hipp, especially an early scene of Robin humping
the wonderful softcore actress Capri, featuring terrific low angle
shots of her mighty rack.
Casting is pretty oddball, with a toothy surfer dude type Ralph Jenkins
as Robin; according to IMDb his only other credit was Kanter's all-star
1977 hardcore opus DESIRES WITHIN YOUNG GIRLS. The large cast of femmes
is very impressive. Perhaps the weakest element is a quite desultory
ending, where Robin & Prince John have a fist fight instead of the
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