Robin And Marian – tape 1274

On this tape, Robin and Marian, Richard Lester’s story about an older Robin Hood, starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn.

The film opens with King Richard, played by Richard Harris, taking an unlikely arrow to the neck, and dying shortly afterwards, freeing Robin (Connery) and John (Nicol Williamson, mercifully not doing a funny voice this time) to return to England.

It’s certainly got a great cast. As well as Connery as Robin

Sean Connery as Robin

And Williamson as Little John

Nicol Williamson as Little John

There’s Ronnie Barker as Friar Tuck

Ronnie Barker as Friar Tuck

and Denholm Elliot as Will Scarlet

Denholm Elliot as Will Scarlet

Robert Shaw as the Sheriff

Robert Shaw as The Sherriff

Back in England, and reunited with Will and Tuck, Robin goes to meet with Marian. “I won’t know what to say t her.” Tuck: “Oh she’ll think of something.”

Marian is the Abbess of a convent, a tricky situation because King John is at odds with the Pope. The King has ordered her to be taken prisoner, but Robin intervenes and rescues her, much against her will.

Audrey Hepburn as Marian

Ian Holm is King John.

Ian Holm is King John

I think the mood of this film is melancholic. From the opening, where Robin and his exhausted men can’t even launch a rock at an undefended castle, to the final battle between Robin and the Sheriff, one last round of single combat to determine the victor, it’s a film about things ending. So don’t watch it expecting a rousing happy ending.

After the movie, there’s an episode of the Nicholas Lyndhurst sitcom The Two Of Us entitled The Best Laid Schemes.

The two of them suspect that she is going to have a baby, and they’re worried it’ll spoil their perfect 6-week married life. Cue lots of angst, and they don’t even reveal whether she’s actually pregnant at the end.

Recording continues with the start of Beverly Hills 90210, and the tape ends a few minutes into that.

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2 comments

  1. Richard Lester’s “thing” was cutting heroes down to size, he didn’t have much time for building characters up as legendary, so would undercut them either with humour or, as you say, melancholy, sometimes both. Makes him a weird choice to direct a Superman movie, but I like his take on Robin Hood, it’s poignant and pastoral.

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