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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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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Sean Connery and Robert Shaw played adversaries in From Russia with Love (1963). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene at the Siege, Robin tells Richard he has fought for him for twenty years. In the next scene, Richard also tells Mercadier that he first met Robin on his way to the Crusades, and that they had been friends for twenty years. Richard only sat on England's Throne for nine years (some say 8), and spent perhaps as little as only 8 months in England during his entire Reign. See more »

Quotes

Little John: [to Robin] If I'd not met you, think what I'd have missed.
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Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Never Say Never Again Special (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Sherwood Forest Song with Lute
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Lester
Lyrics by James Goldman
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The most moving {if one of the least exciting} of Robin Hood films
1 March 2005 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

One needs to say straight off the bat that if one wants lots of typical Robin Hood swashbuckling then one is better off seeing the Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner or one of the countless lesser films of Robin Hood. There is not much action here. However, the shortage of action is really quite appropriate to this particular film, which can be seen as a sequel to almost any other version you've seen. 'The Last Days Of Robin Hood' would have been as good a title as the one we have.

This being a Richard Lester film, there are plenty of humorous touches. Here, they seem somewhat out of place,as the general tone of the film is bittersweet. We have a Robin Hood who is aging and aware of it, yet still has to fill the role of a legendary hero. The film portrays even better than El Cid the passing of somebody into legend, and a sense of destiny- it's more important that Robin fulfill his than opt out and not have the risk of things ending sadly. Sean Connery never did change that accent, but he could be a superb actor at times, as indeed he is here. The supporting cast is a virtual Who's Who of fine British character actors of the time, but Robert Shaw stands out as the most menacing Sheriff Of Nottingham on film.

There is much in this film that is immensely touching, especially when Robin and Marian start resuming their romance which supposedly ended 18 years previously. David Watkin's gorgeous photography of the countryside is essential in giving the film it's autumnal quality. Despite the overly lengthy build up to it, the final Robin/Sheriff duel is well worth the wait, a really realistic, convincing brawl. The film is aided immensely by John Barry's music- his main theme is beautiful and deserves to be ranked among the more famous themes this great composer has written. One could easily find a more exciting and even more entertaining Robin Hood film than this, but probably not a more touching one.


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