A Challenge for Robin Hood


1h 36m 1968
A Challenge for Robin Hood

Brief Synopsis

Robin Hood gathers a band of rebels to fight against his scheming cousin and the evil sheriff.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Legend of Robin Hood
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Release Date
Jun 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Seven Arts Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

In the era when Richard the Lion-Hearted is absent on his Crusade and his evil brother John is ruling England with a tyrannical hand, Sir John de Courtenay dies and bequeaths his estate to his two sons, Roger and Henry, and their cousin, Robin. When Roger murders his brother and tries to incriminate Robin, Robin flees with the loyal Friar Tuck to the relative safety of Sherwood Forest. Upon encountering a band of outlaws, Robin displays such skill with the bow and arrow that he is elected their leader. Before long, he becomes the legendary Robin Hood, robbing the rich to help the poor, while outwitting Roger and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Determined to lure Robin into a trap, the sheriff and Roger decide to hang an innocent man at a fair. Robin and his men save the man, however, and later storm Courtenay Castle to rescue Lady Marian, the sister of one of Robin's men. Though Roger is killed, the sheriff escapes. Robin then marries Maid Marian and returns with Friar Tuck to his band of Sherwood Forest outlaws.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Legend of Robin Hood
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Release Date
Jun 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Seven Arts Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Articles

A Challenge For Robin Hood


However heavily it invested in the horror trade, Great Britain's Hammer Film Productions never rested on its laurels. Despite the windfall reaped with the success of Hammer's classic monster line, which rebooted Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Frankenstein Monster and reawakened a genre that had lain dormant for nearly a decade, the company maintained a diverse catalogue of psychological thrillers, science fiction adventures, combat pictures, comedies - even westerns and swashbucklers. Hammer turned out no less than three films based on the legend of Robin Hood: Val Guest's Men of Sherwood Forest (1954), Terence Fisher's Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), and Cyril Pennington-Richards' A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967), starring Barrie Ingham in the title role. A more meat and potatoes protagonist than Errol Flynn, the barrel-chested Ingham's central performance shifts focus away from movie star grandstanding in favor of ensemble heroics, supporting themes of camaraderie and cooperation that are integral to the Robin Hood ethos. Notable among the support players are James Hayter as Friar Tuck and John Arnatt as the Sheriff of Nottingham - both holdovers from Disney's The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952). Less a reboot of the mythos than a droll send-up of its requisite clichés and setpieces, A Challenge for Robin Hood sidesteps irony to deliver solid matinee excitement for young and old.

By Richard Harland Smith
A Challenge For Robin Hood

A Challenge For Robin Hood

However heavily it invested in the horror trade, Great Britain's Hammer Film Productions never rested on its laurels. Despite the windfall reaped with the success of Hammer's classic monster line, which rebooted Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Frankenstein Monster and reawakened a genre that had lain dormant for nearly a decade, the company maintained a diverse catalogue of psychological thrillers, science fiction adventures, combat pictures, comedies - even westerns and swashbucklers. Hammer turned out no less than three films based on the legend of Robin Hood: Val Guest's Men of Sherwood Forest (1954), Terence Fisher's Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), and Cyril Pennington-Richards' A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967), starring Barrie Ingham in the title role. A more meat and potatoes protagonist than Errol Flynn, the barrel-chested Ingham's central performance shifts focus away from movie star grandstanding in favor of ensemble heroics, supporting themes of camaraderie and cooperation that are integral to the Robin Hood ethos. Notable among the support players are James Hayter as Friar Tuck and John Arnatt as the Sheriff of Nottingham - both holdovers from Disney's The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952). Less a reboot of the mythos than a droll send-up of its requisite clichés and setpieces, A Challenge for Robin Hood sidesteps irony to deliver solid matinee excitement for young and old. By Richard Harland Smith

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Notes

Copyright length: 96 min. Released in Great Britain in December 1967; running time: 96 min. The working title of this film is The Legend of Robin Hood.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 1968

Released in United States Summer June 1968