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Robin Hood

  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Ridley Scott
  • 134 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Adventure directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Following King Richard's death in France, Robin Longstride and his companions return to England where they stumble into a plot by the scheming Sir Godfrey to dupe Richard's successor, the weak King John, and allow a French invasion. Faced with treachery on all sides, Robin must use all his guile to prevent the English crown from being overthrown.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Russell Crowe reunited with his Gladiator director Ridley Scott for this retelling of the Robin Hood legend. Crowe plays deadly archer Robin Longstride, who assumes the guise of Robin of Loxley in order to leave the Crusades behind and return to 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. Crowe's romance with Cate Blanchett's 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Robin LongstrideRussell Crowe
Lady Marion LoxleyCate Blanchett
Sir Walter LoxleyMax von Sydow
William MarshallWilliam Hurt
Sir GodfreyMark Strong
Prince JohnOscar Isaac
King Richard the LionheartDanny Huston
Eleanor of AquitaineEileen Atkins
Friar TuckMark Addy
Sheriff of NottinghamMatthew Macfadyen
Little JohnKevin Durand
Will ScarletScott Grimes
Allan A'DayleAlan Doyle
Sir Robert LoxleyDouglas Hodge
Princess Isabella of AngoulêmeLéa Seydoux
King Philip of FranceJonathan Zaccaï
Baron BaldwinRobert Pugh
JimoenBronson Webb

Crew

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DirectorRidley Scott

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2010-05-07
Guidance
Violence
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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