Cate Blanchett as: Marion Loxley
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Selected Cast: Russell Crowe, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong & Mark Addy
Written by: Brian Helgeland
Release Year: 2010
Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Birth of a legend. Following King Richard’s death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king’s service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French?
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• Robin Longstride: “A good knight?”
Marion Loxley: It was short but sweet.”
Robin Longstride: No, I meant: he was a good knight?”
• Robin Longstride: “Girl.”
Marion Loxley: “Girl? Either you’ve grown blind or come looking for charity.”
• Marion Loxley: “I trust you had an historic evening.”
• Marion Loxley: “Are you coming?”
Robin Longstride: “If you ask me nicely.”
Marion Loxley: “My dear husband, won’t you kindly share my bedroom chambers?”
• Marion Loxley: “Greenwood became the outlaw’s friend, orphan boys welcome, there was no tax, no tides, no rich, no poor, fair trades at the table, many wrongs to be righted in the country of King John, watch over us Walter.”
• Marion Loxley: “I thought you’d left.”
Robin Longstride: “The fields are planted.”
Marion Loxley: “How did you find the seed?”
Robin Longstride: “If you have to ask, it’s not a gift.”
Marion Loxley: “Thank you.”
• Robin Longstride: “If the idea is deception, shouldn’t you address me by my husband or dear?”
Marion Loxley: “Would you join me in my chambers?”
Robin Longstride: “Ask me nicely.”
• Marion Loxley: “Once before I said goodbye to a man going to war. He never came back.”
Robin Longstride: “Ask me nicely. I love you, Marion.”
• Filmed in Wales, UK and England, UK (view all.)
• 4 nominations (view all.)
• Also known as ‘Nottingham’.
• On DVD and Blu-Ray, the 16-minutes longer “Director’s Cut” contains slightly more violence and expanded battles and additional character development.
• Universal Pictures acquired the rights to Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris’s spec script in an aggressive bidding contest with other studios such as New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Sony, New Regency Enterprises, and DreamWorks.
• Filmmakers Bryan Singer, Sam Raimi, and Jon Turteltaub were all in contention for the directing assignment on this film.
• The production had planned to recreate the Tower of London in Caernarfon, North Wales but later decided on doing the tower digitally.
• Before it was announced that Russell Crowe would play Robin Hood, both Christian Bale and Sam Riley were considered for the part.
• Before Sienna Miller was cast as Marion Loxley, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt, Angelina Jolie, Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman were considered. After Miller dropped out before filming due to production delays that caused scheduling conflicts, Annabelle Wallis, Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron were rumored to take over, before the part eventually went to Cate.
• Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris’s original script “Nottingham” turned the traditional story on its head by portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in a more sympathetic light and Robin Hood as more of a villain. The script was extensively re-written by Brian Helgeland because director Ridley Scott wanted the Sheriff of Nottingham to be a more conflicted character. New rewrites were done by British playwright Paul Webb and later by Tom Stoppard, who reworked the story while the movie was already being filmed.
• At one point, Saoirse Ronan and Gordon Pinsent were attached to the project.
• Originally, Russell Crowe was set to play both Robin Hood and Sheriff of Nottingham. The idea was dropped.
• In response to criticisms that he was too old to play Robin Hood, Russell Crowe crash dieted before filming began.
• Eileen Atkins replaced Vanessa Redgrave. Redgrave dropped out, after the death of her daughter Natasha Richardson.
• Rhys Ifans was rumored for the role of King Richard, but Danny Huston was cast.
• When the French stage their landing on the English coast, they are brought on shore by boats that look suspiciously like Higgins boats that were used in the D Day invasion of Normandy, except that they are powered by rowers. Higgins boats and their characteristic opening bow, were not to be invented for another 750 years.
• When Robin Hood dances with Marion Loxley the band in the village plays the tune ‘Women of Ireland’, written by Sean O’Riada in the late twentieth century and used in the film Barry Lyndon (1975).
• Near the beginning of the movie when Marion Loxley is helping the men plow the field, a thunderstorm is approaching behind her (as evidenced by the dark clouds and thunder). Yet a few minutes later when the sheriff begins harassing her, we only see puffy white clouds and blue sky.
• Marion Loxley, leading the plow horse ‘Goliath’, appears to help plow the field with a moldboard plow (a curved board that turns over the slice of earth cut by the share). However this type of plow was not introduce into England until the 18th Century.