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Plot: It is 20 years after Robin Hood's heroics against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Since then Robin (played by Sean Connery) has spent all his time outside of England, fighting as Richard the Lionheart's right-hand man in the Crusades and in France. His only connection to his past life in… Runtime: 106 min Release Date: 12 Mar 1976
It brought Audrey Hepburn back to the screen after an absence of eight years. It brought Sean Connery and Richard Harris back together again after their teaming in "The Molly Maguires" and it even brought back Connery and Robert Shaw fourteen years after they fought to the death in "From Russia With Love". Unfortunately at the time of its release it did not bring back audiences to the theaters. For a movie going public acclimatized to the likes of "Jaws" and "Rocky", a film concerned with aging and loss, corruption and mortality was not likely to find <more>
very wide acceptance. Today it is generally regarded as a classic and one of the best adult love stories ever filmed. What do heroes do when it's time to call it a day? This is the problem confronting Robin Hood, a legend in his own time, on his return to Sherwood Forest after twenty-five years of fighting in the Holy Land. Should he, as old soldiers are said to do, quietly fade away, or go out in a blaze of glory? Unfortunately Robin is, as his great adversary, The Sheriff of Nottingham wisely observes, "A little in love with death." So it is unlikely he will slowly fade away. And Death hangs over the film like an unseen presence. This central theme is given visual emphasis in one of the opening shots. We see three apples set in an open window. Perfect at first, then suddenly an abrupt jump cut showing them rot. This motif of aging and corruption is repeated for the closing of the film as well. We hear Will Scarlett sing about, "Following Jolly Robin to the grave." The mortally wounded Richard Lionheart confides to one of his lieutenants his dislike of the cold and dark; when Little John expresses his desire to go see his father again, he is ruefully informed by Friar Tuck that, "He died years ago, John..." The wistful reaction on Little John's face eloquently expresses regret too profound for words. Visually and verbally death is a constant presence. Indeed, the original script was titled, "The Death of Robin Hood." With a title like that it was not going to be a rehash of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. And perhaps that also added to the films lackluster performance at the box-office. Audiences brought up on "The Adventures of Robin Hood" simply could not accept seeing these two beautiful star-crossed lovers ravaged by time, even if they were portrayed by the likes of Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn.However like the Flynn film, "Robin and Marian" boasts a superb cast. Sean Connery gives one of his great performances. His Robin refuses to acknowledge the approaching infirmities of old age, and like a great ex-athlete attempts to make a comeback in a world that has long since left him behind. Nicol Williamson, woefully under-used in most films has one of his best roles as Little John, the terrible gentle giant who follows Robin with the unquestioning simplicity of a child. He and Connery have the essential chemistry necessary and make an incredibly good team. Robert Shaw brings intelligence, sensitivity and danger to the Sheriff of Nottingham, a man who will ultimately be undone because of those very virtues. Richard Harris does a magnificent turn as King Richard the Lion-hearted. Even though burnt out by years of chasing after glory, he still retains the after-glow of greatness. Ian Holm as his brother Prince John is a wonderful contrast, anxious and insecure, scheming and pleasure loving. His scene with the ambitious, equally scheming Sir Ranulf, the marvelously supercilious Kenneth Haigh, highlights another of the film's themes; the passing of the chivalric age. This is signaled by the death of King Richard, continues with the death of The Sheriff, and is completed by the deaths of Robin and Marian. Prince John and Sir Ranulf symbolize the ascendancy of the modern, hollow man, ambition without vision, loyal only to power and expediency. Prince John, is King as CEO interested only in profit, Sir Ranulf, like the armor he sports, a soulless, mechanical bird of prey. Denholm Elliot as Will Scarlett and Ronnie Barker as Friar Tuck complete Robin's band. Elliott was an actor who could express more with a simple look than most actors can with pages of dialog, and Barker has some nice ironic moments as the Friar. Finally "Robin and Marian" brought Audrey Hepburn back to the screen, as radiant and lovely as ever. Seeing her first in her nun's garb recalls her appearance in, "The Nun's Story" sixteen years earlier. Some people have an ageless beauty and Audrey Hepburn had that quality. She and Connery may be the best tragic lovers since Humphrey Bogart told Ingrid Bergman to get on that plane in "Casablanca". Their scenes together are magic. When Marian asks Robin why he followed Richard during all the years of terrible carnage, Connery sums up his life with a simplicity that is breathtaking; "He was my King..." The film is wonderfully elegiac and the melancholic sense of time irretrievably lost is heartrending. James Goldman's screenplay is quite simply his best, surpassing his own adaptation of his play, "The Lion in Winter". Unlike that film Goldman refuses to indulge in pithy witticisms at the expense of period flavor. John Barry's bittersweet score and Richard Lester's austere direction never descend into sentimentality and underscore the tragedy of the two lovers reunited after spending half a lifetime apart. David Watkins's gritty cinematography beautifully captures the squalor of life in the medieval age. "Robin and Marian" is a bittersweet adult love story for discriminating viewers of all ages.
Don't listen to Maltin's summary. If you are Robin Hood fan you need to see this. (by Fredichi)
Maltin doesn't seem to like this movie yet gives it 3 stars.The movie is very well done.It is a bit of a downer to see old versions of these classic heroes, villains, and heroines, but is a welcomed different take on the Robin Hood story. I would take one of these any day than a bad remake like Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.Sean Connery is great as a weary Robing Hood back from the crusades who suddenly is rejeunivated when he meets up with Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham.Robert Shaw is as usual, perfect in his role as the sheriff. You hate him but you can't hate him too much. <more>
He's Robert Shaw. You love to hate him.Nicol Williamson is a very good Little John, who is Robin's constant companion.Richard Harris is perfect as malevolent King Richard.Of course only Audrey Hepburn's Marian could play opposite Connery's Robin without coming off as slight. The movie takes no easy or unrealistic turns. It is a very and realistic look at Robin Hood.Warning you might not like the ending, but after you think about it for a while it makes sense.Lots of potent imagery.
Yes...that title was a direct response to the king of middlebrow criticism, Leonard Maltin. Let me say at the onset that this film was simply superb, one of the best films of 1976.Richard Lester works the same magic here that he worked in his wonderful Musketeers films..he breathes new life into a timeless myth. James Goldmans script is, in fact, a meditation on old age and the passing of heroic values.Audrey Hepburn is incandescent in this, her last performance. Sean Connery, Robert Shaw , and Nicol Williamson are uniformly excellent. Connery portrays Robins heroic desperation and his <more>
undying tenderness for Marian.Nicol Williamson embodies dogged, simple minded loyalty.Robert Shaw is a stupendous villain. He interprets the Sheriff of Nottingham as a prototypical servant of the emerging nation state.In short, this is a terrific film, perhaps the greatest reworking of the legend since Errol Flynn.
The Greatest of All Robin Hood films. (by peacham)
Connery and Hepburn are outstanding in this wonderful telling of the last days of Robin Hood and his final Showdown with the disillusioned Sheriff of Nottingham brilliantly played by Robert Shaw in one of his last roles. Richard Harris is memorable in the opening scenes as the dying and driven King Richard Coer de Lion,finally an acurate portrayal of the bloodthirsty king! Actually I am not surprised since the screenplay was written by playwright James Goldman who wrote the stage and screen masterpiece, Lion In Winter. Its a very well written film ,though Goldman was never able to top Lion <more>
In Winter how could he? and the supporting roles were well done by Nicol Williamson and Denholm Eliott. Forget Costner, forget Flynn.. this is the stuff of legend.Subtle performances.atmospheric settings and great dialouge. Rent this film. it wont disappoint!
Elegiac, skeptical and achingly romantic (by burgan6203)
The above description may strike some as odd, or a clash of discordant elements.Indeed one of the most frequent criticisms misjudged, in my opinion of 'Robin and Marian' is that it mixes elements that don't fit together. I suspect that many viewers expected a typical swash-buckling Robin Hood film, and judged this film by those standards. Such an expectation will lead to disappointment, since 'Robin and Marian' doesn't put an emphasis on action scenes though there are a few or serve as purely escapist entertainment.Instead it is concerned with questions of heroism and <more>
ideals that one lives by, and how they can be out of sorts in a cruel world this is something Robin has come to realize after years of serving Richard the Lionheart in the Crusades . But at the center of the story is the reunion of Robin and Marian, and the revelation that their love is what has ultimately endured. Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn are radiant together, both turning in some of the strongest work in their careers the scene where Marian examines Robin's scars and removes her nun's habit is especially lovely . The two great leads are strongly supported by some of the best English character actors.My only quibble with the film is the rather rushed pacing of the last half; it could've benefited from taking a bit more development with preparation for the final battle and the sad yet affirming conclusion those offended by the ending are clearly unfamiliar with the medieval Robin Hood ballads . But this doesn't hinder my enthusiasm for, or make me hesitate to recommend "Robin and Marian".
Things have changed but there's no retirement for Robin Hood and his friends (by Rodrigo_Amaro)
One of the most underrated and under appreciated films of all time this little gem is a little bit different of everything you've ever seen in terms of Robin Hood movies. The characters are the same but the great catch here is that they're middle aged now and almost powerless, starting to lose strength and many other skills, and even becoming more philosophical and having more ethical feelings.Sean Connery plays an middle aged Robin Hood who after 20 years fighting in the Crusades and the death of the insane King Richard Harris decides, along with his friend Little John Nicol <more>
Williamson to return to the forest of Sherwood to rejoin Lady Marian Audrey Hepburn and marry with her. But things are different in Sherwood and with Marian because she thought Robin abandoned her and now she's a devoted nun. And while the sparks between these two doesn't fly high Robin and his old friends Will Scarlet Denholm Elliott and Tuck Ronnie Barker got some extra time to fight against the greedy and vain Sheriff of Nottingham Robert Shaw and his knights. Don't except much of a big adventure with danger all over the place and some risky, fast and frightening moments. No. Here Robin and Little John are facing the same dangerous things but they have a very truthful disadvantage: they're old, they can't barely jump or run or even held a sword against their enemies and they're gonna need all the help they can get. And Robin still has to deal with some confused feelings that Marian has towards him but they still love each other. Like Ringo Starr used to say in one of his songs: Things don't come easy on anyone here. "Robin and Marian" is another good proof that people get old, many things will change but some values and some feelings are still the same. Delightful, funny, with many unforgettable moments the ending was fabulous director Richard Lester's film is a great entertaining work. The screenplay written by James Goldstone preserved the original characteristics of the characters but the only thing that didn't worked too well was the excessive melodramatic scenes between Connery and Hepburn, these scenes run for too long and takes you out of the movie for a while, nothing so bad but it could've been better written and developed. Acting is superb, all the casting are great and it was very nice to see Connery and Denholm Elliott making a team thirteen years before of "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade" the funny thing is that I watched both films on the same week and they're both great in both films . Nicol Williamson has some of the greatest moments of the film playing Robin's loyal friend. He and Connery helping the nuns to escape of the Prison City is priceless, they can't even make a move trying to get out of the gates without losing their breath. Returning from a long period without making movies Audrey Hepburn goes very well as Marian and got her best role in the 1970's the other one in "Bloodline" is not that good . Don't miss the awesome fight between Robin and the Sheriff, one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen and a lesson to the filmmakers of this fast-shaky camera generation who doesn't know how to plan a movie and allow people to see who's punching who in a scene. Not only is a good planned scene but it's interesting to see two old timers fighting with all of their force by that I meant that Robin is using only a sword while the coward Sheriff uses another weapon along with the sword and both men can't barely stand on their feet . Worth seeing any time, any day, any occasion. 9/10
Oh what a wonderful idea. A new telling of the Robin Hood legend with his merry men, Maid Marion, and the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham thrown in. The twist was that the characters were all older and starting to slow down and realize their youthful adventures were long past them. The core of the story is the bittersweet love story between the title characters.The true core of the film and what makes it so special is the casting. Sean Connery plays Robin Hood as the hero we all know who is slowing down despite his attempts to keep going. Audrey Hepburn is perfect as Marian. She reminds us <more>
of her eternal beauty and how truly a good actress she was. This was her first theatrical film in 9 years and it's a shame she was so little seen in that time. Actually, she was little seen after that appearing only in a few more films and none that were very memorable. Nicol Williamson plays Robin's ever faithful right hand man still trying to fight the good fight and always remaining by Robin's side. And Robert Shaw plays the Sheriff in a role he was born to play. The final swordfight between him and Robin is a highlight.Then we come to the ending. I won't give it away save to say that it's a good, albeit, very bittersweet ending. The point comes across in a way that Shakespeare may have written.It's a sweet and sometimes exciting film that is most underrated and deserves to be seen.
Bittersweet romantic tale, autumn in Sherwood Forest (by roghache)
This is a lovely tale chronicling the autumn days of Robin Hood's life and his rekindled romance with his lost love, Marian. The only reason I didn't rate it higher is that I was hoping for more scenes with Robin & Marian together, as opposed to the men's exploits. The movie relates Robin's story from an unusual perspective, not as the legendary dashing young archer & outlaw, but as an aging hero with some physical infirmities, making him all the more appealing. But Robin Hood still has some fight left in him...The much older Robin has returned from the Crusades to <more>
Sherwood Forest, accompanied by his faithful friend and constant companion, Little John. His old love, Marian, is by this time a nun, in fact the Mother Superior of an Abbey. Politically, King Richard the Lionheart and his brother, Prince John, are basically greedy idiots and definitely no asset to the peasants. Robin's old nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is as menacing as ever, and Robin must again summon a band of loyal followers including his old cohorts, Will Scarlett and Friar Tuck to protect the innocent from the Sheriff's tyranny.The two stars are perfect in this mature love story, with its dramatic ending that I won't give away here. Sean Connery makes a sympathetic and compelling but weary hero, as Robin comes to grips with his aging, his physical limitations, and his mortality. Audrey Hepburn with her ageless beauty is radiant, dignified, and graceful as Marian. The pair are absolutely beautiful together on screen.Actually, the most engrossing relationship in this film might just be between the two old adversaries, Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham, who form a sort of bond and develop mutual respect. Robert Shaw is absolutely perfect in his role as the Sheriff, who seems almost sympathetic & honourable here, not quite his usual completely villainous self. Their struggle culminates in a dramatic sword duel. Another relationship well developed is the one between Robin and his faithful friend, the gentle giant, Little John, who is portrayed by Nicol Williamson. Richard Harris plays the malevolent King Richard, though I am uncertain as to the historical accuracy of the depiction.This movie has beautiful cinematography and musical scoring. Though Robin is no longer the daring young adventurer of old, this story is much more compelling than some other adaptations, notably the vastly inferior Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner. Perhaps less exciting derring do than other tales, this film to its credit tends to humanize the mythical medieval hero. It is a touching, bittersweet, and melancholy tale of autumn in Sherwood Forest...for Robin's band of Merry Men, his lady, his foe, and especially the legendary hero himself.
Love is the greatest adventure of all... (by TheLittleSongbird)
Robin and Marian is a beautiful, elegiac film, that I feel is underrated. It is not perfect, due to its length and rushed latter half, but it is worthy of more respect than it has been denied. Richard Lester has a great eye for historical detail, the scenery is breathtaking, the colours are audacious to the eye and the costumes lavish, and James Goldman's script mixes satire and poignancy pretty much brilliantly. Robin and Marian also has a lovely, engaging story, while the love story is poignant, the more dramatic parts are done with genuine bite. And the acting is great, Robert Shaw is <more>
superb as the Sheriff as is Richard Harris as King Richard. Audrey Hepburn is exquisite as Maid Marian, she's been better, but she was really touching here, Ronnie Barker is delightfully comic as Friar Tuck and Nicol Williamson is perfect as Little John. But Sean Connery is the actor who positively dominates the film, he plays older Robin with real charisma, sensitivity and edge it was a wonderful performance. Overall, it was a shame that Robin and Marian flopped, it is a lovely film. 8/10 Bethany Cox