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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

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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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Norman Reilly Raine (original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends), Seton I. Miller (original screenplay: based upon ancient Robin Hood legends)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland ... Maid Marian
Basil Rathbone ... Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Claude Rains ... Prince John
Patric Knowles ... Will Scarlett
Eugene Pallette ... Friar Tuck
Alan Hale ... Little John
Melville Cooper ... High Sheriff of Nottingham
Ian Hunter ... King Richard the Lion-Heart
Una O'Connor ... Bess
Herbert Mundin ... Much
Montagu Love ... Bishop of the Black Canons
Leonard Willey Leonard Willey ... Sir Essex
Robert Noble Robert Noble ... Sir Ralf
Kenneth Hunter Kenneth Hunter ... Sir Mortimer
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Storyline

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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Excitement...Danger...Suspense...as this classic adventure story sweeps across the screen! See more »


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Rated PG for adventure violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robin Hood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,981,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned with James Cagney playing the title role, but he quit Warner Bros. and production was postponed for three years. See more »

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At the banquet, Prince John announces that the Saxons will be taxed "not two gold marks in the pound but three!" A mark was two-thirds of a pound, so there aren't even two marks in a pound, and a tax of three marks per pound is a 200% tax. See more »

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Title card: In the year of Our Lord 1191 when Richard, the Lion-Heart, set forth to drive the infidels from the Holy Land, he gave the Regency of his Kingdom to his trusted friend, Longchamps, instead of to his treacherous brother, Prince John.
Title card: Bitterly resentful, John hoped for some disaster to befall Richard so that he, with the help of the Norman barons, might seize the throne for himself. And then on a luckless day for the Saxons...
Town Crier announcing capture of Richard: News has come from Vienna: "Leopold of Austria has seized...
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Swashbuckling , action , romance and dueling in this definitive adventure movie
26 January 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Classic version based on the legendary character with exciting adventures , breathtaking battle , great production values and load of action and romance . Greatest adventure of the centuries ¡ , greatest thrill of the screen ¡ an adventure the world has thrilled to for centuries , in a picture it will never forget . He lives again , a hero of every villain , friend to those who have friends . In 13th century England , dashing Robin (Errol Flynn) and his band of marauders confront corruption of wicked Guy Gisbourne ( Basil Rathbone at his evil best ) and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power , foiling evil Prince John ( arguably Claude Rain's greatest character). When the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence , a Saxon archer named Robin Hood ( Errol Flynn at his swashbuckling best ) fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army . The legendary Sherwood forest's hero Robin Locksly again and Lady Marian (lovely Maid Olivia De Havilland) along with his Merrie men brought by him : Will Scarlett (Patrick Knowles) , Friar Tuck (Eugene Palette) and Little John (Alan Hale). Story is indirectly based on historic events and is developed after third Crusade when Richard Lion Heart (Ian Hunter) conquered Acre . In route England Richard was captured by Leopold II of Austria and ransomed by his own subjects . But Richard returns England to put down a revolt against him though his brother John without Land takes over the kingdom with his underlings evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Sheriff of Nottingham .

This swashbuckler has great action sequences well staged with stylish and vitality , adventure , romance , outstanding final dueling and is pretty entertaining . There are great action sequences including the battles in forests and the ending confrontation at the climax of the film . Casting is frankly magnificent , the famous main players as stalwart Errol Flynn is very fine and Olivia De Havilland is memorable and attractive , she comes up the film as a valiant and obstinate heroine . They are backed up by excellent support actors as Alan Hale , Una O'Connor , Herbert Mundin and Ian Hunter . Special mention to treacherous Guy Gisborne magnetically performed by Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains as evil and crazed king in a sensational interpretation as Prince John . Even the smallest characters are well represented as Montagu Love , Melville Cooper , Robert Warwick , among others . Breathtaking and stirring soundtrack by the classic by Erich Wolfgang Korngold who deservedly earned an Academy Award . Colorful cinematography in glimmer Technicolor by Sol Polito ant Tony Gaudio . Impressive lavish sets and overwhelming art direction also won an Oscar . Musical score , settings , cinematography , great performances abound , all of them help place this classic movie the very best adventure film . I found it fun , entertaining , thrilling , well-acted, and fast-paced . The motion picture is magnificently produced by Hal B. Wallis and stunningly directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley .

The film is partially based on true events. Although Ivanhoe didn't exist, John Lackland was king of England from 1199 to 1216. Few monarchs have been subject to such appalling publicity as John . Although by no means lovable, he was an able administrator and spent more time in England than his predecessor and elder brother Richard I but he was jailed by Leopold of Austria, returning from Crusades. Being dead king Henry II , then Richard Lionheart was crowned until the third crusade (intervening along with Philip II and vanquished Acre) which was crowned John with no Land . The English domain over France will cause length conflict known the hundred years wars(1339-1453).Robin Hood, also known Robin O'Locksley and the Earl of Huntingdom, is probably and sadly a creation of romantic imaginations . If Robin Hood did exist, it's almost certain that he was not a Saxon , though his enemies may well have been the Norman sheriff of Nottinghan and Prince and later king John Lackland.

Other versions about this famous personage are the following : ¨Robin Hood price of thieves (1991) ¨ by Kevin Reynolds with Kevin Costner , Alan Rickman and Morgan Freenan , the same year was exhibited ¨Robin Hood¨ by John Irvin with Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman but was a flop though the critics considered best adaptation . Furthermore , recent and revisionist version titled ¨Robin Hood¨(2010) by Ridley Scott with Russell Crowe , Cate Blanchet and Oscar Isaac .


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