In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future, by borrowing money from the local nobility to buy cattle to herd to market. When the money is stolen, Rob is forced into a Robin Hood lifestyle to defend his family and honour. Written by
Montrose's line bemoaning the Queen's lack of an heir is a reference to her seventeen pregnancies, which resulted in six miscarriages, six stillbirths, two children who lived only a few minutes after birth, a daughter who didn't see her first birthday, another who didn't see her second, and a son, William, Duke of Gloucester, who died a few days after turning 11, two years before Anne's ascension to the throne. See more »
When Killearn takes from MacDonald the paper about the "new world," he crumples it into a ball. But when he later hands it to MacGregor, it's smooth and has clearly never been crumpled. See more »
At the dawn of the 1700's, famine, disease and the greed of great Noblemen were changing Scotland forever. With many emigrating to the Americas, the centuries-old Clan system was slowly being extinguished. This story symbolises the attempt of the individual to withstand these processes and, even in defeat, retain respect and honour.
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This is a strong movie from a historical and epic perspective. While the story is simple it is pure and straightforward. In truth, it is the standard story of a simple, honorable man whose honor comes into conflict with the more educated and wealthier men of the period.
Poor vs. Rich, honorable vs. dishonorable, a classic but well-told tale without much of the glitz of hollywood stinking up the screen.
Extra points just because you can almost smell the people on the screen. :)
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