Robin Hood (1991 film)

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Not to be confused with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Robin Hood
Robin Hood (1991 film) cover.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed by John Irvin
Produced by Tim Bevan
Sarah Radclyffe
Written by Sam Resnick
John McGrath
Starring Patrick Bergin
Uma Thurman
Jürgen Prochnow
Edward Fox
Jeroen Krabbé[1]
Music by Geoffrey Burgon
Cinematography Jason Lehel
Edited by Peter Tanner
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox[2]
Release dates
13 May 1991 (Fox TV)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Robin Hood is a 1991 film starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman. In the US, the film appeared as a television film on the Fox network. It was released in cinemas in several countries in Europe and elsewhere, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan.[3]

Another film using the well-known Robin Hood story was released theatrically the same year. The film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, was a Hollywood blockbuster with a much bigger budget and high-profile stars such as Kevin Costner.

Plot[edit]

The film begins when a miller, who is poaching deer on lands belonging to the King of England, is detected by a hunting party led by the evil knight Sir Miles Folcanet (Jürgen Prochnow). The miller flees the hunting party until he runs into a Saxon earl, Robert Hode (Patrick Bergin), and his friend, Will. The miller pleads for help as the Normans arrive and threaten to poke the miller's eyes out. Before they can carry out the punishment, Hode (urged by Will) stops them. Folcanet is enraged and demands that Hode be punished by the local Sheriff (shire-reeve), Roger Daguerre (Jeroen Krabbé).

Daguerre is Robert's friend and initially orders a light punishment, but Hode feels betrayed, insults Daguerre, and is outlawed as a result. He flees into Sherwood Forest, meets John Little and the usual cast of Merry Men, and under the name "Robin Hood" takes up arms and fights against the Norman nobility. Robin also falls for Daguerre's niece, Mariane (Uma Thurman), who is promised to Folcanet, and the climax of the film is an attack on Nottingham Castle to stop the wedding.

Cast[edit]

Characterisation[edit]

The film shares some of its underlying plot with the famous 1938 swashbuckler, The Adventures of Robin Hood, concentrating on the struggle between Normans and Saxons. Details of the storyline and the identities of the characters differ widely, however, between the two versions.

Although the familiar characters Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and Much the Miller's Son appear in this version, the traditional Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisbourne have been replaced by original antagonists. The Baron Daguerre takes the Sheriff's place as the scheming, greedy tax collector (though in this version, he is originally Robin's friend), and Folcanet stands in for Guy as the violent, vindictive knight after Robin's head (and Marian's maidenhead).[5] Unlike many modern versions of the story, King Richard does not appear at the end, and instead Daguerre is reconciled with Hode and promises a future where Saxons and Normans are treated equally.

Filming[edit]

It was filmed on location at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, a medieval-style Victorian-era edifice built between 1842 and 1851. Some filming was also done near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales.

Historical realism[edit]

While still a medieval fantasy, the filmmakers clearly intended this version of Robin Hood's tale to be a more gritty, realistic and historically accurate retelling of the famous legend than is found in the typically glossy and romanticised Hollywood treatment of 'Olde England'. The medieval world shown here is dark, dirty and dangerous.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (13 May 1991). "Fox TV on Target With 'Robin Hood'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (13 May 1991). "Fox TV on Target With 'Robin Hood'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Susan King, Robin Hood' Role, Fate Collide For Patrick Bergin, The Pittsburgh Press, 05/12/1991
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J. (13 May 1991). "Review/Television; A Robin Hood for Today Sees the Humor in His Job". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fox's 'Robin Hood' Arrives". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 

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