Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? Written by
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One of the 25 Magna Carta Barons was nobleman William Marshal 2nd Earl of Pembroke, son of William Marshal 1st Earl of Pembroke, the character played by William Hurt. See more »
The real Isabella of Angoulême was not the niece of King Philip II of France. She was the only daughter and heir of Aymer Taillefer, Count of Angoulême, and 12 years old at the time of her marriage to King John. Isabella was originally betrothed to Hugh IX le Brun, Count of Lusignan, son of the then Count of La Marche. As a result of John's temerity in taking her as his second wife, King Philip II of France confiscated all of their French lands, and armed conflict ensued. Unlike in the film, Eleanor of Aquitaine readily accepted her as John's wife. Ironically, after John's death, she married Hugh X of Lusignan, the son of her original fiancé. See more »
The movie was nice to look at in a "Braveheart" sort of way. But the whole thing seemed like a rehash. Robin's "Merry Men" weren't very merry and I could never figure out if there was supposed to be chemistry between Crowe and Blanchette. There wasn't. I chose the director's cut from the DVD I rented. Each time I had to pause for some reason didn't matter much. The Eleanor of Acquataine character as well as King John were boring as well. I would not have enjoyed this in the theater as there was simply not enough to it. Sean Connery's version is a little better but not much. Stick with Braveheart. It was nice to see William Hurt again although his character was vague as well.
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