The 6th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – Robin and Marian (1976)

This is the second of three posts dedicated to the 6th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon being held over at A Shroad of Thoughts.

Tnx Terrance for letting me take part!

“[to John] They reckon it’s a good life to have reached 40. We’re both past it, and look at us!” – Robin Hood

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Year after the Crusades, Sir Robin of Locksley finds himself serving King Richard in France while longing to return home to England.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years, yet never got around to it until now.

Nw that I’m on a quest to watch more films featuring Robert Shaw, I decided to check it out.

As a fan of the Robin Hood legend, I was intrigued to see how they would present this story where the main characters are much older than we are used to.

The 4 lead actors here help make this story more enjoyable than it probably should be just by their presence.

Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw and Richard Harris are all great in these roles even if they aren’t developed well enough for us to care much about them.

The idea to present Robin Hood as a middle aged knight without much energy takes away so much about what we have seen of this characters over the years and it also lessens the enjoyment one can glean from this film.

The typical way that the story shows how the poor are oppressed is a bit enhanced by adding in the ideas of religious persecution also.

The fact that this film is being told from a much more mature perspective is something that can be fully appreciated yet that doesn’t necessarily make things more interesting to watch unfold which is somewhat of a shame here.

Bottom Line – This film works better than it should due to the great performances of Connery, Hepburn, Harris and Shaw.  The idea of an aging Robin Hood returning to England takes away so much from the adventure of this character because he is not young and full of energy as he tries to combat the forces in England who oppress the poor.  This film adds in an idea of religious persecution which also is an interesting twist to the story.  The way the story is being told from a more mature perspective can be appreciate, but it unfortunately doesn’t necessarily make this story more interesting than most of the other versions of the legend of the man who “steals from the rich to give to the poor.”

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Audrey Hepburn was convinced to take the role of Marian, in part, from the insistence of her sons. Once her young sons learned that Sir Sean Connery had been cast as Robin Hood, they begged their mother to take the part, so she could act with “James Bond”. She happily complied. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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4 thoughts on “The 6th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – Robin and Marian (1976)

  1. Thank you Rob.
    I love this movie and have seen it many times over the years since it was initially released.
    The performances are outstanding, as a firm Richard Harris fan I would have liked to see more of him in the movie.
    The score by John Barry is superb and among his best.
    The last scene between Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn is marvellous.


  2. I have to agree with you. The performances are definitely the reason to watch Robin and Marian. I think the script could have been stronger, although it is still an enjoyable film. Thank you taking part in this blogathon!


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