Robin hood (2010)

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German title Robin Hood
Original title Robin Hood
Country of production USA , UK
original language English
Publishing year 2010
length Theatrical version: 140 minutes
Director’s Cut: 157 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 12
Director Ridley Scott
script Brian Helgeland
production Russell Crowe
Brian Grazer
Ridley Scott
music Marc Streitenfeld
camera John Mathieson
cut Pietro Scalia

Robin Hood is an American-British adventure film directed by Ridley Scott from the year 2010 . The production opened on May 12, 2010 at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival . The film started in German-speaking cinemas a day later. The film tells a fictional history of the actual Robin Hood legend . The film plot takes place in the year 1199. Real historical people and circumstances from the 12th century have been integrated into the plot.


Robin Longstride is a seasoned soldier who fought alongside King Richard the Lionheart in the Third Crusade and is now on his way back from the Holy Land to England with the King's soldiers . Now all that remains is to plunder a French castle, the inhabitants of which are desperate to defend themselves against the siege, in order to cross over to England. Since Robin in the presence of the King's crusade and in particular the massacre at Acre denounces, are he and three of his men - in - Littlejohn, Alan A'Dayle and Will Scarlett Pranger excited and are not present when the men of King Richard try to take the castle again. However, the king is fatally struck in the neck by a crossbow bolt of a French cook. The English army therefore lacks a leader. In the mess that follows, a young soldier frees the four from the block. Robin decides to leave the army and go his own way, the other three follow him.

In the meantime, there is a secret meeting between Godfrey, a general of the English King Richard the Lionheart, and Philip , King of France. Both agree to kill Richard the Lionheart. The attack is to take place on a road to the coast; both men do not yet know that Richard is already dead. Godfrey should then secure the trust of Richard's brother and successor Prince John and at the same time incite the English people to civil war in order to enable the French King Philip to invade England. But the plan fails: Although the soldiers of Godfrey kill the English knights who ride ahead of the army, instead of the king, the troop only brought his ruler insignia, the royal crown, with them to bring them back to London. Robin, Will Scarlett, Little John, and Alan A'Dayle can drive Godfrey's men away. An arrow from Robins injures Godfrey in the face, but Godfrey escapes. Richard's horse, on which the King of England's crown is in a pocket, was able to tear itself away. Since the fleeing horse runs into Robin and his men, they can take the royal crown. A dying English knight named Sir Robert Loxley, an adjutant of King Richard, entrusts his sword to Robin and as a last request he tells his father in England, Sir Walter Loxley of Nottingham, about his death and gives him the precious sword.

In order to ensure the safe journey home to England, the four take on the knight's clothing and identity of the knight killed, Robin Longstride takes the name of the deceased, Sir Robert Loxley, takes the crown and arrives with his men in London . Here he hands over the crown to Eleanor of Aquitaine , mother of Richard the Lionheart, who in turn appoints her youngest son John as the new king. John turns out to be not only politically awkward because he wants to marry the French Isabella von Angoulême against his mother's advice , but also as ruthless because he burdens the country, which is already heavily burdened by the costs of Richard's wars, with another tax increase and the old, Richard-loyal Chancellor of the Exchequer William Marshal ousted and replaced by Godfrey. With John's knowledge, Godfrey begins collecting taxes in the counties of England using force and the help of French mercenaries .

At first Robin doesn't notice any of this. He will safely reach Nottingham, where he not only has to tell Sir Walter Loxley about the death of his son, but also meets Robert's widow Marion Loxley. Sir Walter Loxley then asks Robin to impersonate his late son Robert Loxley in order to prevent Marion, who would otherwise be considered a widow, from being expropriated. Robin's now official wife is initially unimpressed, but is forced to agree.

Robin learns from Sir Walter that many years ago his father, a stonemason, drew up a charter for a conspiracy of the barons, in which basic civil rights were demanded. The conspiracy failed and Robin's father was executed - but the charter with a list of the names of the barons survived in hiding.

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer Godfrey is now looking for Robin Longstride, because he wants to get him out of the way as a witness to the failed assassination attempt. When he learns that Robin is in Nottingham under the new name Loxley, he sets off there with his mercenaries to murder him.

Meanwhile, the barons rise against King John as their counties are suffering from the king's economic policies and are additionally harassed by Godfrey's marauding mercenaries disguised as royal tax collectors. William Marshal, who had Godfrey observed, now knows about his double play and can also convince the Queen Mother. This in turn reminds Isabella of her duties as queen to inform the king of Godfrey's betrayal.

Betrayed by Godfrey and harassed by the barons, John agrees to meet the latter. There John is persuaded, also through a speech by Robin, to take action against Godfrey, especially since he continues to conspire with Philip of France. In return, John agrees to sign the charter , although it severely curtails the king's unrestricted power. In the meantime Godfrey and his men reach Nottingham, where they kill the remaining men, including Sir Walter, lock the women and children of the village in a barn and set them on fire. Robin arrives just in time to prevent the massacre, but again cannot believe Godfrey.

Godfrey rides on to the coast where Philip's troops land. The English army under John, Marshal and Robin also arrives, and a bloody battle breaks out, in which the invaders are repulsed. Marion also takes part in the battle disguised as a knight. When the defeat looms, Philipp turns back. Godfrey tries to escape on a horse, but is struck by Robin in the neck with an arrow from a great distance and killed.

Robin is celebrated as a hero, which provokes the resentment of King John. In the presence of the barons waiting for John to sign the charter, John burns it and declares Robin, who now calls himself Robin Hood, to be lawless. Robin, Marion and numerous people retreat to the Sherwood Forest .

Background information


Alnwick Castle

The shooting of the film took place with a budget of 130 million US dollars between April and August 2009 exclusively in the north of England, in the county of Northumberland . One of the locations was Alnwick Castle , which also served as the Hogwarts set in the first two Harry Potter adaptations (from 2001 and 2002) , and the beach near Bamburgh , where one of the film's action sequences was shot. Sherwood Forest was reconstructed in Kielder Forest , in a piece of forest where director Scott and lead actor Crowe had shot scenes from the film Gladiator back in 2000 . One of the main sets, Nottingham Village, was built on a private estate near Guilford, Surrey .

The battering ram used during filming at Bourne Wood, Surrey, was donated by Russell Crowe to The Clanranald Trust for Scotland . 'Rosie', as the battering ram is nicknamed, is valued at £ 60,000 and is benefiting the Trust's project to rebuild a fortified medieval village. The village is called Duncarron and is located on the Carron Valley Reservoir near the Scottish city of Stirling .

Sienna Miller was originally hired for the role of Marion . However, shortly before filming of Ridley Scott began, she was replaced by Cate Blanchett as Ridley Scott was disturbed by Miller's image.

Exterior shots of the Château de Châlus-Chabrol

The exterior shots of the battle in the opening sequence were filmed at the Château de Châlus-Chabrol in France.


The film was released in German cinemas on May 13, 2010 and grossed over 300 million US dollars worldwide.

On September 23 of the same year, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray, 16 minutes longer than the Director's Cut.

The free TV premiere in German-speaking countries took place on December 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm on ORF Eins , the Swiss broadcaster SF 2 broadcast the film on April 28 of the same year. In Germany, the ZDF showed the film on December 29, 2012 for the first time on free TV.


role actor German synchronization
Robin Hood / Robin Longstride Russell Crowe Martin Umbach
Lady Marion Loxley Cate Blanchett Arianne Borbach
Sir Walter Loxley Max von Sydow Jürgen Thormann
Sheriff of Nottingham Matthew Macfadyen Benjamin Völz
William Marshal William Hurt Wolfgang Condrus
Sir Godfrey Mark Strong Tom Vogt
Brother tuck Mark Addy Lutz Schnell
Little John Kevin Durand Dennis Schmidt-Foss
Richard the Lionheart Danny Huston Klaus-Dieter Klebsch
Sir Robert Loxley Douglas Hodge Torsten Michaelis
Will Scarlet Scott Grimes Bernhard Völger
Prince John / Johann Ohneland Oscar Isaac Alexander Doering
Isabella of Angoulême Léa Seydoux Julia Stoepel
French captain David Bertrand Frédéric Vonhof

Historical information

The film takes up the following events in English or Anglo-French history from around 1200:

  • The death of Richard the Lionheart in April 1199 in a conflict with the rebellious French Count Adémar V of Limoges, who was dependent on him . However, this did not happen on the way back from the Third Crusade , from which Richard had returned in 1194. During the siege of Châlus Castle, Richard the Lionheart was struck by a crossbow bolt or arrow in the early evening of March 25th. He died twelve days later on April 6, 1199 in the arms of his mother at the age of 41 in Châlus. In the film, the king's mother is at the court of Richard's brother Johann in England.
  • The long-running conflict between the French King Philip II and the Plantagenet family .
  • The politically extremely awkward marriage of Johann Ohneland to the French princess Isabella of Angoulême in the summer of 1200, which provided Philip II with an excuse for an attack on Johann. However, this dispute took place on the French mainland, where Johann 1200 to 1202 actually achieved some victories, before 1202 to 1204 Philipp won victories in the continental possessions of the Plantagenets, the so-called Angevin Empire .
  • The revolt of the English barons against John, which culminated in the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 .
  • In the film character of William Marshal elements from the life of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke , a member of the Privy Council during Richard's absence, and that of his son William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke , are combined.


“Elaborate adventure film that counteracts the previously prevalent Robin Hood myth in phases by casting a disillusioned, grim look at a time of brutal battles and political injustices. Dramaturgically less dense than Ridley Scott's earlier films, he entertains with his free epic breath, the ambivalent handling of the battle spectacles and the coherent political subtext. "

“If you haven't had enough of Ridley Scott and his handwriting, you will surely like Robin Hood. The film is big, loud and has a certain charm. Why you need 140 minutes of screen time for the story is unclear, because it could have been much faster in the middle section. In addition, there are some minor shortcomings that you can overlook, but don't have to do with such a budget. "

“The political problems of this character [a Robin Hood fighting external enemies] find their counterpart in the aesthetic indecision of the film. While Ridley Scott had found brilliant visual solutions for the murderous degeneration of the Roman Empire ten years earlier in Gladiator , in which Russell Crowe also played the lead role, there are no powerful scenes in Robin Hood that symbolize the central conflict. [...] In Robin Hood , Scott's obvious talent for visually modernizing the historical scenery runs into nowhere. When the French approach the English coast with landing craft that are modeled on those of D-Day , one recognizes the cinematic salute on Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998, German: Saving Private Ryan ) - but internally it makes no sense to give the insidious French the look of the self-sacrificing Allies of 1944, who are about to liberate the European continent from National Socialism. Ultimately, Ridley Scott does not find a convincing visual language for Robin Hood because his conception of the character is not consistent enough, because he has no clear idea of ​​which Robin he actually wants. "

- Andrew James Johnston: Robin Hood. Story of a Legend , 2013.


  • Andrew James Johnston: Robin Hood. Story of a legend. Munich: CH Beck 2013, pp. 116–119, ISBN 978-3-406-64541-9 .

Web links

Commons : Robin Hood  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Robin Hood . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , July 2010 (PDF; test number: 122 424-a V).
  2. Age rating for Robin Hood . Youth Media Commission .
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  4. Louise Ford: Sienna Miller exclusive: star ditched from new Robin Hood film , January 10, 2009, accessed May 27, 2010.
  5. Robin Hood at, accessed December 27, 2010.
  6. ^ Robin Hood movie info
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  10. ^ Robin Hood's film review
  11. Andrew James Johnston: Robin Hood. Story of a legend. Munich: CH Beck 2013, pp. 118 f., ISBN 978-3-406-64541-9 .