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Robin Hood

Patrick Bergin , Uma Thurman , John Irvin    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Film buffs may remember the tangled tale of competing Robin Hood projects in 1991. Kevin Costner, riding high from his Oscar wins for Dances with Wolves, had his pick of projects at the time, and he juggled his interest in parallel Hood films that were under development at different studios. Costner chose Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, of course, directed by his friend Kevin Reynolds, while the other production (the one described here), attached to veteran British director John Irvin (The Dogs of War), ended up on cable television with another Yank, Patrick Bergin, in the lead. Comparisons were inevitable, even though the two films were very different from one another. A little harder edged and more surprising than Reynolds's work, the Irvin-Bergin movie made all that medieval heroism seem more an effort of the heart than previous versions. Roughing things up a bit is Uma Thurman as a bratty Maid Marion, not quite the traditional damsel in distress of yesteryear. Irvin keeps the adventure quotient up, but this is simply a darker, grittier variation on the old tale. With Jürgen Prochnow, Jeroen Krabbé, and Conrad Asquith. --Tom Keogh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Robin Hood yet filmed... July 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Patrick Bergin is a dynamic Robin Hood, hitting the mark with the perfect mix of arrogance, compassion, charm and devil-may-care, hell-bent glory-seeking. Sure, there's a list of noble reasons why Robin Hood takes to the forest to fight Norman oppression and protect the unfortunate Saxon serfs from tyranny. But let's face it, Robin is a hero who enjoys what he does. He loves nothing more than laughing at danger and tweaking the nose of authority. It's easy to see that Bergin enjoyed the part, and his pleasure translates to the screen, making it an enjoyable romp for viewers.
Bergin shares Sherwood with a fine cast. Uma Thurman is a surprisingly strong Marian. Owen Teale is an excellent, fun-loving Will Scarlett, and David Morrissey is the best Little John I've seen yet. Jeff Nuttall is also a picture-perfect Friar Tuck. On the Norman side, Jurgen Prochnow is the malicious knight, Sir Miles Folcanet, who pursues Robin through the forest, and Jeroen Krabbe is Baron Daguerre, a greedy lord with a conscience. There's a brief, but impressive, appearance of Edward Fox as the would-be King John.
The movie boasts excellent swordplay, good costuming, authentic-sounding accents ... and some great pagan symbolism.
This film also has immense respect for the history behind the legend. While we may not know much about the real Robin Hood -- if there even was one -- we do know a lot about the time period in question, and Irvin keeps his cameras focused on the truth of feudal Britain. This is a Robin Hood I can believe in without reservation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Feb. 5 2013
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I really appreciated the chance to own this movie on DVD, but I wish the company put out a copy of the televised version, which had more scenes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didnt hate it but..... April 6 2014
By Dena
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
So it was not the action packed film I had hoped for! One or two funny bits. Seemed like it was made in the 70's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good version of Robin Hood ...... July 21 2013
By JT TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a darker, grittier version than Kevin Costner's. I still really like the Kevin Costner version. I like the idea in this version of Saxons and Normans as the two opponents. Patrick Bergen is good as Robin Hood. Jurgen Prochnow (if I spell his name correctly) is excellent as the villain Sir Miles Falconet. There is action and an intelligent plot that keeps the story moving along at a fast pace. I enjoy owning both this and the Kevin Costner version as they make two nice comparisons and differences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far above Costners July 14 2004
Format:DVD
This film is one of the best RH films done it certainly is far superior to the joke that Costner did!
I do have a correction that is pretty important, there is no Sherriff of Nottingham or Guy of Gisborne in this version. The Director chose to use the conflict of Norman Vs Saxon as the stronger plot drive and instead had two noble Normans playing the heavys. While it was a surprise to me the first time I watched the film I understood the choice. It makes it much easier for veiwers to see what was the actual conflict of Robin Hood, and not have too many people thinking of Alan Rickman or Basil Rathbone's potrayals of the heavys from the two more well known versions of RH.
Worth seeing, far more historically acurate than either of the other films and Uma's Marion could go head to head with Oliva's and totaly wipeout MEM from Prince of Thieves, or as I call it Robin Hood: Dances With Arrows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great action packed movie! July 3 2004
By ini
Format:DVD
Man oh man this movie is just so great beyond movie borders. A must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! July 3 2004
By ini
Format:DVD
This is a great movie in all the areas it could be. It is kind of a love story between Robin and Marian and a war between Robin and the merry men against the Normans. This is a great movie and isn't just a little bit boring. A masterpiece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great movie! July 3 2004
By ini
Format:DVD
This is such a great movie and not just because it's about Robin Hood, but because it has every ingredient to make it a superb movie. A true, must see classic!
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