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Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland   [See details]
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Runtime:1 hour and 42 minutes
MPAA rating:Rated NR
Genre(s): Action, Romance
Synopsis:With King Richard (Ian Hunter) a prisoner on the continent, usurper Prince John (Claude Rains) takes the throne and with his unscrupulous tax collector Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) makes things tough for the Saxons. When Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn) discovers that John is hoarding money that should be used for King Richard's ransom, he organizes revolt and takes his merry men into Sherwood forest for hiding. A royal Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) at first thinks Robin is a common thief, but his charm and patriotism soon win her heart.
Catalog #:MDVD-083
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Brief Cast Overview
Charles Irwin    ...    Saxon man
Claude Rains    ...    Prince John
Errol Flynn    ...    Robin Hood (Sir Robin of Locksley)
Olivia de Havilland    ...    Maid Marian
Una O'Connor    ...    Bess
Alan Hale    ...    Little John

Technical Specification
Encoding: Region 0*  [See details]
Format:    Fullscreen
Color: Color
Edition: Import
Language: English
Sound: Dolby Sound
Subtitles: Not available
*DVD will play on any regional DVD player

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Film Review
"The Adventures of Robin Hood" of 1938 is the definitive version of the Nottingham forest's colorful legend. Errol Flynn is perfectly cast as the swashbuckling protector of the poor and most ably supported by a talented cast. Basil Rathbone, as the villainous Sir Guy of Gisborne, and Olivia de Havilland, as maid Marian, once again join Flynn in a Warner Brother's historical extravaganza, as they had in the earlier "Captain Blood" (1935). This time around things get even more colorful, thanks to Technicolor, making the best of lavish sets and costumes, two million dollar's worth—Warner's most expensive ever at that time. Top-notch supporting actors Claude Rains (as a gleefully evil King John), Melville Cooper (as a wonderfully cowardly Sheriff of Nottingham), and Eugene Pallette (as the redoubtably rotund Friar Tuck) add yet more enjoyment to the picture. And, as if this were not enough, Michael Curtiz's (Casablanca) stylish and atmospheric direction, including his trademark use of shadows, as well as Erich Korngold's tremendous Oscar-winning score make for the very definition of a cinema classic. 

Rating:  (4.5 out of 5 stars)

- John E. Epson

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