Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Ridley Scott (2010)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Ridley Scott's retelling of the Robin Hood legend is located in time by an illuminated manuscript introduction and then quickly plunges into the heat of battle, as Richard the Lionheart (Danny Huston) carves his route back from Jerusalem through France. These opening scenes are swiftly and noisily dispatched, with individuals, even deadly archer Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe, reuniting with his Gladiator director), taking a while to emerge. Clarity is achieved once Longstride assumes the guise of Robin of Loxley in order to return to a starved and oppressed England. Scott presents a politically complex vision of the tale, with Mark Strong's royal adviser deliberately whipping up hatred in the North to smooth France's way as conquerors - this is when the film really comes alive. Crowe's romance with an occasionally northern Cate Blanchett as Marion is well handled but still a distraction, while the scenes of mead-quaffing and folk dancing serve little purpose. Scott's film has tremendous strengths - fine battle scenes, a strongly realised interpretation of events and a commanding lead performance - but the weak spots diminish the overall effect, leaving it a valiant try rather than an unqualified success.


An archer fighting in Richard the Lionheart's crusading army returns home to England and assumes the identity of a nobleman killed in battle. His new-found status draws him into a dangerous conflict with members of the newly crowned King John's court, and a traitorous knight plots to aid the French in conquering England. Ridley Scott's medieval adventure, starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Mark Strong.

Cast & Crew

Robin Longstride Russell Crowe
Lady Marion Loxley Cate Blanchett
Sir Walter Loxley Max von Sydow
William Marshall William Hurt
Sir Godfrey Mark Strong
Prince John Oscar Isaac
King Richard the Lionheart Danny Huston
Eleanor of Aquitaine Eileen Atkins
Friar Tuck Mark Addy
Sheriff of Nottingham Matthew Macfadyen
Little John Kevin Durand
Will Scarlet Scott Grimes
Allan A'Dayle Alan Doyle
Sir Robert Loxley Douglas Hodge
Princess Isabella of Angoulême Léa Seydoux
King Philip of France Jonathan Zaccaï
Baron Baldwin Robert Pugh
Jimoen Bronson Webb
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: English, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 May 2010