In twelfth century England, Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.
Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's (Danny Huston's) death in France, archer Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), along with Will Scarlet (Scott Grimes), Allan A'Dayle (Alan Doyle), and Little John (Kevin Durand), returns to England. They encounter the dying Sir Robert Loxley (Douglas Hodge), whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey (Mark Strong), who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Sir Walter Loxley (Max von Sydow) in Nottingham. Here, Sir Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marion (Cate Blanchett), a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak Prince John (Oscar Isaac) and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the Prince's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the ...Written by
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The shields carried by the rank and file troops do in fact have uniform indentations in them. However, these are not meant to be battle damage. Medieval shields were constructed of thin sheets of wood glued together in cross-grain layers - literally, plywood. To increase durability, they were covered on the front with fabric or leather, sometimes with a a thin layer of padding in between, and then painted. The "holes" that have been pointed out are in fact where the rivets that attach the arm and shoulder straps (when not in use, the shield was slung over the back for easier carry) have indented the covering material. This is what gives the uniform appearance. See more »
It seems we are to share my chamber. A ruse to convince the servants.
Well, if the aim is deception, should you not be addressing me as "My husband" or "My dear"?
Don't be ridiculous.
[Marion walks alone toward the stairs while Robin remains seated]
Well, are you coming or not?
Ask me nicely.
Please, dear husband, will you share my chamber.
[Marion drops into a half-curtsy and whistles for the dogs as she walks up the stairs]
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The first part of the end credits are in the same style as Ridley Scott's production company 'Scott Free Productions'. See more »
On DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the 16-minutes longer "Director's Cut" contains slightly more violence and expanded battles and additional character development. See more »
When I read that this Robin Hood was less action orientated I was a bit worried. What on earth for story is there to be told that we haven't seen in the other movies about Robin Hood. The answer is nothing.This version wants us to believe that Robin Hood is so much different than the Robin Hood we know. And while it is indeed refreshing to see this take on it. For the overall story it hasn't the slightest effect. The story we are told is not new or even compelling. Luckily there are some great actors who compensate this mess of a story to give it some meat. Max van Sydow comes to mind as one of the highlights in the movie. Personally I enjoyed the movie but expected so much more especially when you compare this to Ridly's earlier work like Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven. The action scenes were more than decent. Too bad there were so few of them. The lack of action has to be compensated with a better story otherwise what is the point.
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