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Robin Hood (2010)

Duration 2h 20m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The legend – up to a point
Writer/s Script Brian Helgeland
Additional Info 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
Director Ridley Scott
Starring 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
Elevator Pitch 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.
Content 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.
A View 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.

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