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A87919708 - 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations

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Bluebottle

Entry: 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations - A87919708
Author: Bluebottle - U43530

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I bought a couple of 'Robin Hood' films second hand on DVD a year or two ago (1938 and 'Prince of Thieves') and thought 'That'd make a good h2g2 entry, comparing those two films. If I also mention Disney's animated film and look out for the classic 'The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men' (1952) and/or 'Robin and Marian' (1976) too, they'll round the entry out nicely.'

Despite months of hunting I've not been able to located a copy of those two films, but have found other adaptations and the entry's ended up a tad longer than I'd expected…

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A87919708 - 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations

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SashaQ - happysad

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I've not read it yet, but I see it is less than 5,000 words, so you might just get away with it smiley - winkeye

Do you still have a VHS player? I don't smiley - blue but I'm guessing you don't need any Disney VHS...


A87919708 - 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

BB doesn't need Disney VHS, he he has the complete collection in his head and can project the movies to the living room wall through his eyes. smiley - winkeye

Anyway, I've always been a fan of Men in Tights. I always had the impression it was mainly inspired by the 1991 movie. Having Patrick Stewart play King Richard is also a very obvious choice.

I haven't seen any of the newer films but some of the old ones, although they kind of blurr in my head. I will comment on this once I have read more, so far I only read some bits.


A87919708 - 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations

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SashaQ - happysad

smiley - laugh Yes indeed! Doesn't matter, anyway - I thought I had 'Robin and Marian' because it features Audrey Hepburn, but I don't (I do have Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's smiley - ok).

The opening paragraph of the Entry sets the scene very well smiley - ok

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest is an interesting-sounding film - not actually a film adaptation of the legend, though? Same with the Rogues of Sherwood Forest?

Which was the first Hammer adaptation?

In A Challenge for Robin Hood a sentence is not quite clear - is Will captured after he helps Robin escape, or did he escape first? Why is the Marian imposter not listed in the Characters section? What did Hammer want to divert people's attention from?

The Prince of Thieves section is very good smiley - laugh "Robin lands in Sussex and heads to Nottingham via Hadrian's Wall for no apparent reason." smiley - rofl "Will theme song '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' be number one for all eternity?" smiley - rofl Nice way of mentioning Audrey Hepburn smiley - ok I didn't see the film in 1991 although I do remember the theme song on Top of the Pops - sounds like I wouldn't have enjoyed it then, with it being a PG film that pushed the boundary of the classification...

Robin Hood 2010 sounds quite the piece of work! smiley - laugh I've lost the plot about who's who, though, sorry - Robin's father is a lord who wrote the Magna Carta, but Robin was a commoner who was actually a lord impersonating a lord?

You can include a link to A2913734 on elementary smiley - ok

The Rebellion sounds even more weird! smiley - laugh The guards were wearing socks and shoes?!

Superb paragraph about the perfect Robin Hood film smiley - oksmiley - laughsmiley - ok

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A87919708 - 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

I'm personally fonder of the television series 'Robin of Sherwood'. Michael Praed will forever be the definitive Robin for me. smiley - smiley

A request: could you add a footnote for singer/songwriter Roger Miller and point out that he composed some of the music for the Disney Robin Hood? (This is the only Disney animated film I actually like.)

Possibly fun fact, or not: Back in the 70s, I took my baby sister to see this animated Robin Hood. There's a song in there, credited to Johnny Mercer, called 'The Phony King of England'. The parody is very obvious if you aren't a preteen....

It was a Saturday afternoon matinee. When the song came on, every dad in the place started laughing. smiley - evilgrin They obviously learned the original in the army.


A87919708 - 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations

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Bluebottle

Thanks for all your comments – I've added a little more to various entries - including 'Men in Tights'.

It depends on how you look at 'The Bandit of Sherwood Forest' and 'Rogues of Sherwood Forest' whether or not you consider them to be adaptations of the legend or not. I think of these films as continuations of the legend. They wouldn't exist without the original tales, just as spoofs of it wouldn't exist without the legend either. You could think of the films about Robin Hood's son as fictional tales about fictional Robin Hood characters, while those about Robin Hood himself are completely different, being fictional tales about fictional Robin Hood characters.smiley - shrug

'A Challenge for Robin Hood'
The Marian impostor isn't listed in the characters section as the character doesn't do anything except turn up and say that she's Marian while the camera zooms in on 'Mary'. At the point she was introduced I was expecting there to be a big reveal or pay-off regarding the fake Marian or something later on in the film to explain this, but there isn't. It's almost as if the filmmakers thought 'let's have two Marians in one scene for no apparent reason and then never mention it again.'smiley - cdouble

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

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A87919708 - 'Robin Hood' - An Indeterminate Number of Film Adaptations

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Bluebottle

As the ten film version of this entry met little interest, I can only conclude that there weren't enough 'Robin Hood' films reviewed. So now it discusses a dozen 'Robin Hood' films, including 'Robin and Marian' (1976) and 'Robin Hood' (2018).

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