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Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 25 January 1961 (USA)
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While King Richard is away at the Crusades, some Nottingham nobles and their Sheriff plot to confiscate estates of fallen Crusaders but Robin Hood and Maid Marian foil their plan.

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Terence Fisher

Writer:

Alan Hackney (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Greene ... Robin Hood
Peter Cushing ... Sheriff of Nottingham
Niall MacGinnis ... Friar Tuck (as Niall McGinnis)
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Edward, Earl of Newark
Jack Gwillim ... Archbishop of Canterbury Hubert Walter
Sarah Branch Sarah Branch ... Maid Marian Fitzwalter
Nigel Green ... Little John
Vanda Godsell ... The Prioress
Edwin Richfield ... The Sheriff's Lieutenant
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... Old Bowyer
Dennis Lotis ... Alan A'Dale
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Storyline

The sheriff of Nottingham plots to confiscate the estate of the Lord of Bortrey, who has died on Crusade. The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks against this plot, and the sheriff plans to eliminate him. Robin Hood pretends to undertake the assassination of the Archbishop for the plotters; Maid Marion, meeting him thinks him the leader of a gang of murderers, and leads him into a trap. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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All-New Adventures of Robin Hood! The world's most fearless fighter faces his greatest challenge! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Schwert des Robin Hood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolour)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Greene (Robin Hood) was the only actor to reprise his role from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955). The other roles were played by an entirely new set of actors. See more »

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When Robin takes the cup of water up to Lord Melton, he is without his bow, but the bow is in his hand when he returns to Friar Tuck. See more »

Crazy Credits

The movie begins and ends with a short song so as to be consistent with the TV series. The song at the end of the movie goes like this: "Friar Tuck his blessing now will give,/The outlaws spare the poor, /And Robin Hood and Marion live/In Sherwood evermore." See more »

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Version of Robin and Marian (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Songs
Composed by Stanley Black
Sung by Dennis Lotis (uncredited)
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Period charm
18 March 2008 | by timsmith37See all my reviews

This is not as bad as all that. Terence Fisher as ever does a competent job, there are reasonable production values and some rather fetching photography. I always thought Richard Greene a little too schoolmasterly for an outlaw, and he is here rather portly, but he can certainly handle a bow. Nigel Greene and Niall McGinnis are well cast as Little John and Tuck, Peter Cushing is an excellent Sheriff, and Richard Pasco does well as the ambiguous Lord Newark. Oliver Reed's camp henchman is perhaps less successful.

The conspiracy plot unfolds at a relaxed pace and resolves satisfyingly. The weakest element is the tacked on romance with Sarah Branch's rather bland Maid Marion.

All in all a rather charming period piece, that gets closer to the spirit of the original ballads than most versions.


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