|Source of story
||The legend – up to a point
||Based on a script “Nottingham” by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris who sold it to the studio for a lot of money. Also worked on by the British playwrights Paul Webb and Tom Stoppard
||Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Aileen Atkins, Mark Addy, Matthew Macfadyen, Léa Seydoux, Simon McBurney
||In the aftermath of a battle in France, during which the English king is killed, some English archers come across a fight between French robbers and an English party taking the crown home. The leader of the archers agrees to take on the persona of a dying nobleman Robert of Loxley, and once back in Nottingham finds he must become the leader of the English in their efforts to prevent a French invasion.
||Numerous terrific set pieces as the various battles take place, and the minor skirmishes in forests, mostly involving the English longbow. A bit of love interest between Robin and Robert’s widow. Some oppression of the populace.
||This oeuvre much criticised for its mutilation of English history, and for Russell Crowe’s mutilation of the English accent. It cost a fortune, but covered its costs probably. I found the invention of the landing craft in the 12th century fun. It has problems, but probably worth watching for nothing.