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A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967)

Robin, a young Norman nobleman, is falsely accused by his cousin of murdering another cousin. His accuser is actually in league with the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham to seize control of ... See full summary »


C.M. Pennington-Richards (as Pennington Richards)


Peter Bryan (original screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barrie Ingham ... Robin de Courtenay / Robin Hood
James Hayter ... Friar Tuck
Leon Greene ... Little John
Peter Blythe ... Roger de Courtenay
Gay Hamilton Gay Hamilton ... Maid Marian
Alfie Bass ... Pie Merchant
Jenny Till Jenny Till ... 'Lady Marian'
John Arnatt ... Sheriff of Nottingham
Eric Flynn Eric Flynn ... Alan-a-Dale
John Gugolka John Gugolka ... Stephen
Reg Lye ... Much
William Squire ... Sir John
Donald Pickering ... Sir Jamyl de Penitone
Eric Woofe Eric Woofe ... Henry de Courtenay
John Harvey John Harvey ... Wallace


Robin, a young Norman nobleman, is falsely accused by his cousin of murdering another cousin. His accuser is actually in league with the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham to seize control of the family lands, which Robin would inherit. Forced to flee into nearby Sherwood Forest, Robin begins to gather a band of rebels to fight against his scheming cousin and the evil sheriff. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un desafío para Robin Hood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Hayter previously played Friar Tuck in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952). See more »


Some of the costumes, like those of the soldiers, have obviously been zipped up the back. When Roger de Courtenay confronts Will Scarlet, you can catch glimpses of the zipper on Roger's tunic. See more »


[first lines]
Wallace: Well aimed, Sir Roger. A perfect shot my lord.
Roger de Courtenay: Boy, bring me my arrow.
Wallace: Come on. Now you heard what my master said. The arrow.
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Featured in World of Robin Hood (2006) See more »


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A Hammer Studios Adventure!
14 October 1999 | by JHC3See all my reviews

Hammer Studios, best known for a long string of excellent (and later, not-so-excellent) horror films, also produced adventure films. "A Challenge for Robin Hood" is one such example.

Robin de Courtenay (Ingham) is a Norman nobleman falsely accused by his cousin Roger (Blythe) of murdering his other cousin Henry. Forced to turn outlaw, Robin flees the castle, joins a band of Saxon outcasts, and is dubbed Robin Hood. The fight for justice begins.

This version of the Robin Hood legend features a number of twists, not the least of which is that Robin is a Norman and his close friends, Little John and Will Scarlet, are Norman retainers. Maid Marian (Hamilton) has a rather limited role when compared to most other adaptations. Most, but not all, of the characters generally associated with Robin Hood are present in this version.

This well-made film is well worth a look, particularly for those who enjoy the Robin Hood genre or classic adventures. The cast is solid though Barrie Ingham simply lacks the charisma of others who have played the role (notably Errol Flynn, Richard Todd, and Richard Greene). James Hayter is excellent as Friar Tuck, a role he had previously played in the wonderful "The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men" (1952).

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