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An historical drama released in [[TheSeventies 1976]] starring Creator/SeanConnery as RobinHood, Creator/AudreyHepburn as Maid Marian and [[Film/{{Jaws}} Robert Shaw]] as the Sheriff of Nottingham, with cameos by [[Film/HarryPotter Richard Harris]] and [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Ian Holm]]. It was directed by [[Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973 Richard]] [[Film/AHardDaysNight Lester]] with a score by Bond composer JohnBarry. The script was by James Goldman, who also wrote ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'' which is set in the same period and features Richard the Lionheart and John Lackland as supporting characters.

An [[BadassGrandpa aged Robin Hood and Little John]] return to England after twenty years fighting abroad under RichardTheLionheart. Robin tries to [[OldFlame rekindle his romance with Marian]] but as the kingdom descends into chaos the people look to Robin to lead a rebellion against King John. Robin is forced to choose between returning to his outlaw ways and retiring to Sherwood with Marian.

Notable for being the only major film about Robin Hood to [[spoiler:portray his betrayal and death as found in the medieval ballad tradition.]] It is also unusual for its portrayal of King Richard as brutal and bloodthirsty, when he usualy gains the reputation of a Hero against his corrupt brother, who here seems relatively soft by comparison.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Robin rescues Marian from the Sheriff, [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike despite her objections!]]
* AntiVillain: The Sheriff of Nottingham. Although he fights against Robin, he is portrayed as a decent, honorable man who respects Robin and cares for his soldiers.
* ArchEnemy: The Sheriff, for Robin.
--> Of all men, just for you
* AristocratsAreEvil: King Richard, King John and Sir Ranulf.
* ArmorIsUseless: Played straight whenever arrows are involved. The most egregious example is when the old man kills [[spoiler:King Richard]] just by ''throwing'' an arrow at him.
* BadassBookworm: The Sheriff is [[HollywoodHistory portrayed as unusual because he can read and write]] but he is also a highly skilled swordsman.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Little John
--> Nobody's as gentle, or half as terrible
* BittersweetEnding
* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with images of overripe fruit (presumably representing the main characters going on past their respective primes).
* BrokenBird: Marian. [[spoiler: After Robin left her to go on crusade she tried to kill herself.]] When that failed she became a nun to try and forget about him.
* BrokenPedestal: King Richard to Robin. The look on Robin's face as Richard dies, raving and violent, shows how far the king has fallen in his esteem since the glory days of their youth.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Pamplona, Spain doubles up for both southern France and Nottinghamshire.
* TheCaligula: Both King Richard and King John have shades of this.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Robin. He returns to England with no intention of fighting King John or the Sheriff but cannot help returning to his old ways.
* ChurchgoingVillain: The Sheriff is seen praying in a church before heading out for the final battle.
* CombatPragmatist: Robin and his men.
* CompositeCharacter: Marian takes on the role of [[spoiler:the nun who poisons Robin. She also takes it herself so that they're together in death.]]
* TheCrusades: Robin and Little John left England to fight on the Third Crusade under King Richard.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the {{Swashbuckler}} genre and the RobinHood myth in particular.
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Marian, twice. First when she was young, because Robin left her to go on crusade, and then at the end of the film.]]
* DualWielding: The Sheriff, with sword and axe, in his duel with Robin.
* DuelToTheDeath: Robin persuades the Sheriff to fight one with him as an alternative to a pitched battle [[spoiler: This ultimately proves futile, as the Sheriff's army attack the outlaws when Robin wins.]]
* FeudalOverlord: Sir Ranulf ''is'' this trope - brutal, arrogant and stupid.
* {{Flynning}}: Averted. As in Lester's previous 'Three Musketeers' films, the swordplay is rough, bloody and clearly exhausting.
* AFatherToHisMen: A rare villainous example. The Sheriff is clearly distressed when his men are hurt. He ensures they have medical attention and are properly buried.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Third Crusade and King Richard's campaigns in France.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Robin and Little John.
* HighMiddleAges
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: King Richard and King John. See also TheHouseOfPlantagenet.
* HonorBeforeReason: Robin chooses to ride out and fight the Sheriff rather than stay in Sherwood.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Marian [[spoiler: and a possible motivation for her murder/suicide]]
* IOwnThisTown: The Sheriff of Nottingham, for the whole of Nottinghamshire.
* {{Jailbait}}: Isabella, [[TruthInTelevision King John's twelve year old queen]].
* KingOnHisDeathbed: Averted with Richard, who dies raving and unrepentant.
* LaResistance: The English peasants expect Robin to lead this when he returns. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well.]]
* LoveHurts: The relationship between Robin and Marian is defined by this.
* LovedINotHonorMore: The reason Robin chooses to fight the Sheriff rather than stay with Marian.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Robin and Marian get 'reacquainted' in a cornfield.
* MenOfSherwood: Subverted. Robin recruits a new band of outlaws in Lincoln green [[spoiler: but they prove hopelessly outmatched by the Sheriff's soldiers]]
* [[spoiler: MurderSuicide: The ultimate fate of [[MercyKill Robin]] and [[DrivenToSuicide Marian]].]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Connery, naturally, but also Nicol Williamson, who plays the Yorkshireman Little John with his native Lanarkshire accent. Interestingly, English actors [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Denholm Elliott]] (Will) and [[TheTwoRonnies Ronnie Barker]] (Tuck) also have Scottish accents, which suggests this may be deliberate in order to make it less jarring that England's most famous outlaw is being played by Hollywood's most famous Scotsman!
* NameAndName
* RetiredOutlaw: Robin and Little John are this when they return to England at the beginning of the film.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Little John is implied to be this for Marian
* UndyingLoyalty: Little John to Robin.
* WarIsHell: The opening siege of Chalus, when King Richard massacres defenseless women and children. Robin's description of the siege of Acre during the Third Crusade also qualifies.
* WhatTheHellHero: Robin delivers one to Richard when ordered to storm Chalus.
* WorthyOpponent: Robin and the Sheriff are this to each other.
* WouldHitAGirl: When she refuses to be rescued from the Sheriff, Robin knocks Marian out and carries her off himself.

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