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Long Live Robin Hood (1971)

L'arciere di fuoco (original title)
A fun film with stylish costumes that has Gemma as the heir to the Nottingham dukedom who is robbed of his heritage. He joins the already-established 'Merrie Men' and becomes their leader.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuliano Gemma ... Sir Henry of Nottingham / Robin Hood
Mark Damon ... Allan
Luis Dávila ... Sir Robert
Silvia Dionisio ... Lady Marianne di Manson
Manuel Zarzo ... Will Scarlet
Nello Pazzafini ... Little John
Pierre Cressoy Pierre Cressoy ... Sir Guy
Daniele Dublino ... Prince John
Helga Liné ... Matilde (as Helga Line)
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... One of Robin's Men (as Neno Zamperla)
Lars Bloch Lars Bloch ... King Richard Lionheart (as Lars Block)
Pupo De Luca Pupo De Luca ... Wrong Priest (as Gianni De Luca)
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Priest at Wedding Ceremony
Gaetano Imbró Gaetano Imbró
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... (credit only)


A fun film with stylish costumes that has Gemma as the heir to the Nottingham dukedom who is robbed of his heritage. He joins the already-established 'Merrie Men' and becomes their leader.

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Italy | France | Spain



Release Date:

12 March 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Live Robin Hood See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mark Damon does not take his shirt off in this movie. Giuliano Gemma has a brief bare-chest scene in the first half of the movie and an extended bare-chest scene (involving bondage) in the second half. See more »


Robin Hood: A good hunter never hurts puppies.
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Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

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Rousing, energetic Robin Hood retelling
25 June 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ARCHER OF FIRE is a film with many names. It's also variously called THE SCALAWAG GANG and LONG LIVE ROBIN HOOD, and as you might have guessed it's a cheerful Italian spin on the Robin Hood legend, starring popular western star Giuliano Gemma as the titular hero, battling against the typically evil oppressors and doing some neat archery tricks along the way.

The costume adventure boom experienced a brief resurgence in popularity in the early 1970s in Italy, helped no doubt thanks to the popularity of the likes of Terence Spencer and Bud Hill. ARCHER OF FIRE is a sturdy entry in that sub-genre, getting by thanks to good charm, plenty of energy, and some low brow humour.

The plot is barely worth writing down and the characters are thinner than thin, suffice to say this is based on the usual action-adventure template in which the sneering villains get their just desserts and the rowdy heroes end up winning out against their foes. Supporting cast members include Mario Adorf (as Brother Tuck, no less!) and Mark Damon. Expect bad dubbing, cheesy acrobatics, and an anything-goes mentality.

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