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Robin Hood (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 14 May 2010 (USA)
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In twelfth-century England, Robin Longstride 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.

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Ridley Scott

Writers:

Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Brian Helgeland (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Robin Longstride
Cate Blanchett ... Marion Loxley
Max von Sydow ... Sir Walter Loxley
William Hurt ... William Marshal
Mark Strong ... Godfrey
Oscar Isaac ... Prince John
Danny Huston ... King Richard the Lionheart
Eileen Atkins ... Eleanor of Aquitaine
Mark Addy ... Friar Tuck
Matthew Macfadyen ... Sheriff of Nottingham
Kevin Durand ... Little John
Scott Grimes ... Will Scarlet
Alan Doyle ... Allan A'Dayle
Douglas Hodge ... Sir Robert Loxley
Léa Seydoux ... Isabella of Angoulême
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Storyline

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 don @ minifie-1

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Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Alan Doyle, the actor who played one of Robin's cohorts (Allan A'Dayle), is the lead singer of the Canadian band Great Big Sea. He sings throughout the movie, usually while playing a stringed instrument. See more »

Goofs

Marian, leading the plow horse 'Goliath', appears to help plow the field with a moldboard plow (a curved board that turns over the slice of earth cut by the share), which was not introduced into England until the 18th Century. See more »

Quotes

Robin Longstride: Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the end credits are in the same style as Ridley Scott's production company 'Scott Free Productions'. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »


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Permis F
(uncredited)
Written by Pat Jabbar & Abdelaziz Lamari
Performed by Kasbah Rockers
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
(extended DVD version - Director's Cut only)
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Solid, but not great
12 May 2010 | by oephyxSee all my reviews

Solid is the keyword. From the screenplay, to the cinematography and the performance, the film is based on solid grounding. Indeed, we couldn't imagine less from the people assembled on the project. And the first signs are indeed good, starting as an origin story that traces Robin's steps returning from the Crusades and arriving in Nottingham. The plot is immediately both compelling and fresh with regards to the well known tale.

The first problem we run into is that the film never allows itself to linger. This creates two problems: the sense of purpose it reaches for through urgency has a tendency to be lost to aimlessness, and the characters never have the space to generate real depth of emotion.

Imagine only this: Russel Crowe, Cate Blanchett and William Hurt together have collected three Oscars, and an additional nine nominations. Yet it it's hard to lavish praise on their performances, because they never manage to inspire empathy as well as we might wish. The sense of urgency - of imminent physical danger to their person, of the crucial importance of their quest - never quite strikes home.

The screenplay doesn't always help them. It attempts to give the tale a strong moral foundation, by associating it with burgeoning democratic ideals in feudal Britain, unconvincingly: suspension of disbelief failed this reviewer.

For both these reasons, the epic sense of greatness that saturates Mr. Scott's similar works never works in this one. Indeed, in the anticipated climax of the battle, slow motion shots fall flat, and emotion never reaches an expected high, in spite of the film's competence in the action scenes.

This is a work that strangely echoes others, as well. People will be drawn to comparisons with Gladiator; these aren't particularly relevant beyond Russell Crow's similar (yet less engaging) performance. Rather, Robin's journey from the crusades and through England, in which he prospers on fateful luck and earned respect, copies Ridley Scott's own Kingdom of Heaven. In their themes and ambition these three films are alike, but Robin Hood doesn't thrive from the comparison. Where flaws are shared, what made the other two great is oddly lacking in this latest historical epic from the director.


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Release Date:

14 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,063,385, 16 May 2010

Gross USA:

$105,269,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$321,669,741
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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