The Adventures of Robin Hood
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In order to avoid the material copyrighted by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. for his 1922 Robin Hood, the scripters of this Flynn version relied on several legendary episodes that had never before been filmed, notably the battle between Robin and Little John (Alan Hale Sr., who played this part three times in his long career) and the "piggy-back" episode between Robin and Friar Tuck (Eugene Pallette). The film ties together the various ancient anecdotes with a storyline bounded by the capture in Austria of Richard the Lionheart (Ian Hunter) on one end and Richard's triumphant return to… More

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"If prankish Fairbanks was a man's Robin Hood, handsome, romantic Flynn performs for everybody else."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"One of the few great adventure movies that you can pretend you are treating the kids to when you are really treating yourself."
‑ , Time Out
"Nearly every aspect of the Robin Hood myth we know today is embodied in this exciting, socially aware adventure."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A rousing and fun popcorn movie of the highest order."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Michael Curtiz's adventure, one of the most enjoyable swashbuckling epics made, flaunting star Errol Flynn at his very best, deservedly won several Oscar Awards, including editing for Dawson and music score for Korngold."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is cinematic pageantry at its best, a highly imaginative telling of folklore in all the hues of Technicolor."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"In these cynical days when swashbucklers cannot be presented without an ironic subtext, this great 1938 film exists in an eternal summer of bravery and romance."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Errol Flynn stars in swashbuckling family delight."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"A rousing, high-spirited family entertainment rightly regarded as one for the ages. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Errol Flynn buckles his swashes in this classic historical adventure."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Movies like this are beyond criticism."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Sumptuous and highly energetic, The Adventures of Robin Hood is grand with a capital 'G' on every level."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"One of the best swashbucklers ever."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...the quintessential movie swashbuckler."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Peerless action-adventure romp from the Golden Age of Hollywood."
‑ , Film4
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