The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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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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 Nottingham
as Much the Miller's Son
as Bishop of the Black Canons
as King Richard the Lion-Hearted
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 Herald at Archery Toumament
as Humility's Daughter
as Sir Norbert
as Sir Nigel
as High Sheriff's Squire
as Town Crier
as Norman Officer
as Sir Guy's Squire
as Richard's Knight
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Robin Hood
If prankish Fairbanks was a man's Robin Hood, handsome, romantic Flynn performs for everybody else.
It is cinematic pageantry at its best, a highly imaginative telling of folklore in all the hues of Technicolor.
One of the few great adventure movies that you can pretend you are treating the kids to when you are really treating yourself.
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.
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.
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.
The acting may be camp but the legend is forever. Full review later.
The Adventures of Robin Hood Quotes
|Maid Marian:||Why, you speak treason!|
|Will Scarlett:||Robin, I've just got word of- [sees Friar Tuck and breaks off]|
|Robin Hood:||It's all right, he's one of us.|
|Will Scarlett:||One of us? He looks like three of us!|