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The Adventures of Robin Hood

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1938
  • Michael Curtiz
  • 101 mins
  • U

Summary

Classic swashbuckling adventure starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Robin Hood and his band of followers fight to protect King Richard's throne from evil Prince John and his villainous accomplice Sir Guy of Gisbourne.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Shot in bright-as-a-button Technicolor, this swashbuckler is an action picture that, over 80 years on, still delights people of all ages, even youngsters weaned on computer games. It was intended to star James Cagney (oh, yes), but seems tailor-made for Errol Flynn as Sherwood's noblest outlaw. Flynn woos Olivia de Havilland and crosses swords with Basil Rathbone's Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Claude Rains's Prince John, while Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music goes brassily heraldic. A few weeks into production, studio boss Jack Warner thought the rushes lacked sparkle and replaced director William Keighley with Michael Curtiz. The result was a box-office smash and Oscars for the score, editing and interior decoration.

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Credits

Cast

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Robin HoodErrol Flynn
Maid MarianOlivia de Havilland
Sir Guy of GisbourneBasil Rathbone
Prince JohnClaude Rains
Will ScarletPatric Knowles
Friar TuckEugene Pallette
Little JohnAlan Hale
High Sheriff of NottinghamMelville Cooper
King RichardIan Hunter (1)
BessUna O'Connor
Much the Miller's sonHerbert Mundin
Bishop of Black CanonsMontagu Love
Sir EssexLeonard Willey
Sir RalfRobert Noble
Sir MortimerKenneth Hunter
Sir GeoffreyRobert Warwick
Sir BaldwinColin Kenny
Sir IvorLester Matthews
Dickon MalbeteHarry Cording
Captain of ArchersHoward Hill

Crew

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DirectorMichael Curtiz
DirectorWilliam Keighley

Details

Theatrical distributor
First National Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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