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Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writer:

James Goldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Robin Hood
Audrey Hepburn ... Maid Marian
Robert Shaw ... Sheriff of Nottingham
Richard Harris ... Richard the Lionheart / King Richard
Nicol Williamson ... Little John
Denholm Elliott ... Will Scarlett
Kenneth Haigh ... Sir Ranulf
Ronnie Barker ... Friar Tuck
Ian Holm ... King John
Bill Maynard ... Mercadier
Esmond Knight ... Old Defender
Veronica Quilligan ... Sister Mary
Peter Butterworth ... Surgeon
John Barrett ... Jack
Kenneth Cranham ... Jack's Apprentice
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It is twenty years after Robin Hood's heroics against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Since then, Robin (Sir Sean Connery) has spent all his time outside of England, fighting as Richard the Lionheart's right-hand man in the Crusades and in France. His only connection to his past life in Sherwood Forest is his faithful companion, Little John (Nicol Williamson). However, Richard the Lionheart is now dead and a war-weary, middle-aged Robin decides to return to England. His first priority: rekindle his relationship with Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn). However, if he figured on a peaceful life, he didn't bargain on the machinations of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Robert Shaw) and King John (Sir Ian Holm). Written by grantss

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Trivia

Director Richard Lester became attached to the project before the script was written. See more »

Goofs

Although the Romans had tried to grow vines as far north as Lincolnshire (east of Nottinghamshire), by the date of this story the vineyards could not have been as luxuriant and widespread as those Robin and John pass when they see Nottingham. See more »

Quotes

Robin Hood: Give me my bow...
[shoots an arrow]
Robin Hood: Where this falls, John, put us close, and leave us there.
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Connections

Version of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) See more »

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Dawn
(uncredited)
Music by Graham Garton
Lyrics by J.R. Heron
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A new telling of an age old classic.
15 May 2002 | by jrs-8See all my reviews

Oh what a wonderful idea. A new telling of the Robin Hood legend with his merry men, Maid Marion, and the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham thrown in. The twist was that the characters were all older and starting to slow down and realize their youthful adventures were long past them. The core of the story is the bittersweet love story between the title characters.

The true core of the film and what makes it so special is the casting. Sean Connery plays Robin Hood as the hero we all know who is slowing down despite his attempts to keep going. Audrey Hepburn is perfect as Marian. She reminds us of her eternal beauty and how truly a good actress she was. This was her first theatrical film in 9 years and it's a shame she was so little seen in that time. Actually, she was little seen after that appearing only in a few more films and none that were very memorable. Nicol Williamson plays Robin's ever faithful right hand man still trying to fight the good fight and always remaining by Robin's side. And Robert Shaw plays the Sheriff in a role he was born to play. The final swordfight between him and Robin is a highlight.

Then we come to the ending. I won't give it away save to say that it's a good, albeit, very bittersweet ending. The point comes across in a way that Shakespeare may have written.

It's a sweet and sometimes exciting film that is most underrated and deserves to be seen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Robin Hood See more »

Filming Locations:

Artajona, Navarra, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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