Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1976. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rastar Pictures. Screenplay by James Goldman. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by Denis O’Dell. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Michael Stringer. Costume Design by Yvonne Blake. Film Editing by John Victor-Smith.
The fables of Robin Hood are told somewhat differently in this wonderful film. Sean Connery plays the aging nobleman who comes home from fighting the crusades a tired and beaten man. What he finds is a country oppressed by the evil King John (Ian Holm), who has taken advantage of the apparent insanity of his brother Richard (Richard Harris) to terrorize the people of England. When Robin realizes that the Sheriff Of Nottingham (Robert Shaw) is up to no good in the name of John’s lust for money and power, he decides to band together some not-so-merry but tough men (and women) and fight back. Of course, he also reunites with his lady love Marian (a luminous Audrey Hepburn), but in the years spent waiting for him she has committed herself to a nunnery and isn’t quite the same woman he left behind so many years before. If not for the cast alone, this one’s high-toned spirit of adventure makes it a must-see.