The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

The Adventures of Robin Hood



Critic Consensus: Errol Flynn thrills as the legendary title character, and the film embodies the type of imaginative family adventure tailor-made for the silver screen.

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Errol Flynn stars as the titular character in this Academy Award-winning film. This movie has been called both the best Robin Hood film and quite possibly the best production that Errol Flynn was involved with.


as Robin Hood

as Maid Marian

as Sir Guy of Gisbourne

as Prince John

as Friar Tuck

as Little John

as Will Scarlet

as Sheriff of Nottingha...

as Much the Miller's So...

as Bishop of the Black ...

as King Richard the Lio...

as Sir Geoffrey

as Sir Essex

as Dickon Malbete

as Captain of Archers

as Sir Ralf

as Sir Mortimer

as Sir Baldwin

as Sir Ivor

as Tavern Proprietor

as Philip of Arras

as Humility Prin

as Archery Official

as Humility's Daughter

as Herald at Archery To...

as Sir Norbert

as Sir Nigel

as High Sheriff's Squir...

as Referee

as Seneschal

as Town Crier

as Norman Officer

as Sir Guy's Squire

as Richard's Knight

as Outlaw
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Robin Hood

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (8)

If prankish Fairbanks was a man's Robin Hood, handsome, romantic Flynn performs for everybody else.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It is cinematic pageantry at its best, a highly imaginative telling of folklore in all the hues of Technicolor.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Top Critic

Movies like this are beyond criticism.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of the few great adventure movies that you can pretend you are treating the kids to when you are really treating yourself.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In these cynical days when swashbucklers cannot be presented without an ironic subtext, this great 1938 film exists in an eternal summer of bravery and romance.

Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Sumptuous and highly energetic, The Adventures of Robin Hood is grand with a capital 'G' on every level.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Robin Hood

Robin Hood and his band of merry men fight the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Campy and ridiculous, this film seems interchangeable with its parody, Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights. There's nothing new about the Robin Hood legend here except for the remarkable insouciance with which violence and poverty are treated. I'm sure that it's supposed to be light-hearted and funny, but I found myself rolling my eyes, and not a chuckle escaped my lips.
Overall, this film is a lackadaisical piece of shit.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

The greatest Flynn swashbuckler?? yes. Its got the lot, a princess, sword fights, dashing heroes, evil baddies, great huge battles and a soppy happy ending. The whole thing looks gorgeous, the colour like all oldies is gorgeous in Technicolour and the cast, again, like all oldies is perfect. Rains, Rathbone, Knowles, Hale, Havilland, Pallette etc...its pure gold in every sense and deserves to be remembered forever. I Love the costumes and their bright vivid designs and crests, the excellent matte paintings used for Nottingham Castle and with dare devil stuns without the use of CGI nonsense this is the best Robin Hood flick made period.

Of course the whole film is based on the Robin Hood fable which in turn is rather debatable, and naturally Hollywood makes the most of this by really boosting the artistic license factor. Every character and location is as you would expect, cliched to the max really, taking the historic legend and virtually making it into a cartoonish fantasy. But you can't look into this too much, this is a very old film which has influenced pretty much all 'Hood' adventures ever since, influenced itself by the classic black n white Fairbanks film. These films were made in simpler times.

The archery tournament also highlights more of the grand lavish scale that was shown in production/craftsmanship, its a rainbow of colours and beautiful designs in every field from the Norman troops to the fair ladies in the background, its all perfect. Lets not forget Howard Hill and his amazing arrow shooting talents hehe they actually did shoot the actors in this film. Hill had to hit a precise spot on the actor, any other spot and there would be a serious injury to deal with! can you imagine that happening today!.

Warner Bros were THE studio of the time and they knew how to make a rollocking good sweeping action epic, plus they had the men to direct them to, Curtiz being the best of the best for constant hits. The recent Bluray enchances this to beyond greatness, stunning!, probably Errol's most noted and most recognised work, maybe not the best in terms of his acting but its a legend of a movie that all ages can't fail to enjoy.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


The acting may be camp but the legend is forever. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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