1938, Warner Bros. Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter.
Decent Films Ratings
|?Kids & Up*|
Content advisory: Much swashbuckling violence; a depiction of a corrupt bishop; a brief assault on a woman.
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The Adventures of Robin Hood (DVD & Blu-ray)
From a National Catholic Register review
By Steven D. Greydanus
The archetypal Hollywood swashbuckler, The
Adventures of Robin Hood is everything big-screen
The story is the classic Robin Hood tale, and it’s all here: the fateful shooting of the King’s deer; Robin’s ignominious duckings upon his first meetings with Little John (Alan Hale) and Friar Tuck (Eugene Pallette); Robin’s penchant for entertaining wealthy victims in high Sherwood style before relieving them of their gold; the trap archery contest which a disguised Robin wins by splitting his opponent’s arrow; the return of Richard (Ian Hunter) from the Crusades disguised in monk’s attire.
Innovations on the legend include a bravura early scene in which Robin boldly confronts Prince John at dinner and promises to oppose him by every means possible, and the initially prickly relationship between the rough Saxon Robin and the noble Norman Marian.
While not the acrobat Douglas Fairbanks Sr. was in the 1922 silent version, Flynn is still a consummate action hero, leaping, climbing, and fighting with great alacrity. His best stunt recalls Fairbanks’s great scene on the drawbridge chain, as Robin slashes the rope holding up a castle portcullis, then rides the rope to the top of the wall as the portcullis comes crashing down, trapping the pursuing soldiers inside the castle while our hero drops down on the other side to freedom.