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#1 Melisende

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:37 AM

"Nottingham" - new movie to be directed by Ridley Scott.

According to the blurb, this movie, still in production infancy, is to star Russell Crowe as the Sherrif of Nottingham. The premise for this movie is, and I quote: "A love triangle forms between the legendary do-gooder Robin Hood, his Maid Marion and the archer's arch nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham." ----- Shades of Camelot???


Do any of our Realm members have any further info on this production, scheduled for 2009.
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Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:37 AM

"Nottingham" - new movie to be directed by Ridley Scott.

According to the blurb, this movie, still in production infancy, is to star Russell Crowe as the Sherrif of Nottingham. The premise for this movie is, and I quote: "A love triangle forms between the legendary do-gooder Robin Hood, his Maid Marion and the archer's arch nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham." ----- Shades of Camelot???


Do any of our Realm members have any further info on this production, scheduled for 2009.


IMO, Ridley Scott is a great director (Alien, Bladerunner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) and I love his strong, visually creative style (he's a former Graphic artist) I doubt it will fail artistically.

Scott's own American-style phrase about this film is " one that promises ass-kickery on multiple levels!" and, twinned with the above, must surely make it a must-see, whatever it's historical merits?

It's got to be way, way better than the latest pile of sh*t on UKTV- Robin Hood, which is like bloody Dynasty and hasn't even got an English feel to it, let alone any accuracy (un-'Norman' soldiers, euro-style villages, politically correct casting, etc etc), which the classic Robin of Sherwood (with Ray Winstone as Will Scarlett) on UKtv in the 80's, definately did have!

Seems that Scott has been in need of another hit lately though (below link), but as fussy as I am about historical films (Braveheart et al), this will still be a must-see for me, no matter what.

One review about @Nottingham'

The jury's still out...

Edited by ironaxe, 23 December 2007 - 10:40 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2007 - 03:48 AM

Repeat after me:

"There is no Robin Hood but Errol
There is no Robin Hood but Errol"

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 12:09 PM

Melisende:

I kinda feel the same way, especially after seeing the Kevin Costner version of the Robin Hood story.
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There is no Robin Hood but Errol"



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Posted 26 December 2007 - 01:56 AM

Melisende:

I kinda feel the same way, especially after seeing the Kevin Costner version of the Robin Hood story.
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Yay! Someone with taste!!! :o

I caught a glimpse of the equally tragic "Princess of Thieves" with whatshername, Kiera Knightley on TV the other day - groan!!!!
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:20 AM

Yay! Someone with taste!!! :)

I caught a glimpse of the equally tragic "Princess of Thieves" with whatshername, Kiera Knightley on TV the other day - groan!!!!


Taste is subjective from person to person, Mel, no right or wrong.

IMO, Costner's effort was cr4p in every way, but UKtv's Robin of Sherwood, and the subject in general, aren't.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 08:13 PM

Ironaxes and Melisende:

I've never seen Robin of Sherwood so I can't comment. I have, as I say, seen the Costner remake, and didn't think all that much of it. But then, unless it's very good, I can't say I work up much of a head of steam about various Robin Hood retellings and movie remakes. It's kind of overdone as a subject, and has never interested me as much as some other things. But that's another story. . . .
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Taste is subjective from person to person, Mel, no right or wrong.

IMO, Costner's effort was cr4p in every way, but UKtv's Robin of Sherwood, and the subject in general, aren't.



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Posted 18 June 2008 - 04:31 AM

It's official - Russell Crowe and Sienna Miller are to star - there was a small (emphasis on the small) blurb in today's Melbourne "Herald Sun" newspaper.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 07:19 PM

Okay - a brief update.

Sienna Miller has been replaced as MM.

And Russell is acting the "prima donna" and so production is being delayed.
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Posted 28 August 2009 - 04:13 AM

Okay - a brief update.

Sienna Miller has been replaced as MM.

And Russell is acting the "prima donna" and so production is being delayed.


He must be busy "Fightin' Around The World";

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:26 AM

For further casting updates of Nottingham - renamed Robin Hood - click here or read below



Mark Strong ... Sir Godfrey

Russell Crowe ... Robin Hood

Cate Blanchett ... Maid Marian

Kevin Durand ... Little John

Matthew Macfadyen ... Sheriff of Nottingham

Danny Huston ... King Richard

William Hurt ... William Marshall

Max von Sydow
Scott Grimes ... Will Scarlet
Oscar Isaac ... Prince John
Eileen Atkins ... Eleanor of Aquitaine
Léa Seydoux ... Princess Isabella

Bronson Webb ... Jimoen (NOT the Oz / Irish Comedian)

Robert Pugh ... Baron Baldwin
Alan Doyle ... Allan A'Dayle

Jamie Clark ... Palace Guard
Jessica Raine ... Isabel of Gloucester

Joe Golby ... Archer
Lyia Terki ... Gypsy
John Atterbury ... Chancellor
James Fiddy ... Nobleman
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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:42 PM

Okay - I watched all of about 15mins of this before walking away. What did others think of Scott's Robin Hood.
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:51 AM

As far as present day films go (mostly CGI and very little story line) it was 'entertaining' enough.

What amused me was trying to pin-point exactly which accent Mr Crowe was pitching for, as he fluctuated from 'slightly scottish' to 'muted Lancastrian' to 'badly Yorkshire' within as many sentences.

"Aye, ya disnae... want t' do that, like... by 'eck...."


Also, the legend of Robin Hood, as I know it, has him fighting against the tyranny of brother John whilst King Richard was away at the crusades, Robin awaiting his beloved kings return. So when, at the end of the film, it announces that 'the legend begins', it appears to me they'd actually missed the start of it. The bronze statue of Hood that stands near Nottingham castle has been seen to weep once more.

Still, as the legend itself is inaccurate, why point fingers at Ridley Scott. We all know that Richard I was a french git who bled us dry to pay for his own amusements. As far as I can make out, the best thing he attempted was to sell the city of London to the Hungarians (to fund conservatory / patio extensions to his castles we'd paid for in France, no doubt). Had he succeeded, we may have been saved from Dick Van Dyke's hideous rendering of a cockney chimney sweep.

The 'lion heart'....indeed. "Hum-diddle-diddle-hum-diddle-aye", as the latter mentioned Dick would say.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 06:55 AM

I'm generally not one to see a film the instant it hits the cinema, so I've only just got round to Robin Hood. It seemed to set out with the aim of disregarding the Robin Hood legend in favour of historical drama. A brave move, but not necessarily a bad one. But then it gave up on historical accuracy too. It really needed to go with one option or the other: historically inaccurate legend or historically accurate drama. In the end it failed to be either, and was just a waste of time instead.

And yes, I agree with the earlier post about Russell Crowe's accent. He'd have sounded less strange if he'd spoken with his own accent, since it isn't a million miles away from English anyway. On a related note, why was almost everyone in Nottingham Irish or Scottish? The only people who sounded remotely appropriate were Marian (who occasionally managed a bit of an East Midlands inflection) and the Sheriff (who was quite accentless).

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:16 AM

I saw this film and thought it was entertaining, not really Ridley Scott as I remember his films, which I think he deserves kudos for branching out. That said, I think I agree with everything everybody else said except the bit about the accent which works as we don't really know where Robin Hood came from. All we know is that he sure gave that sheriff of Notmyham (it's a jokeabout the film) the run around. LOL

I liked that Eleanor of Aquitaine was featured in the film as she is usually glossed over which is a pity as she was a major player in English history at this time. Shoot I think Richard should of let her rule England since he was too busy gallivanting around beating folks over the head and ripping them off. Shoot he robbed from everybody and gave to himself or to that duke who kept him prisoner. I know I need to study up on my early Plantagenets.

I always thought John was a better King. At least he was in England more then his brother was. Of course a major part of John being in England is that he lost all the family lands in what is now France except Aquitaine.

PS I saw the TV latest TV Robin Hood you all are talking about and i thought it was fun. Kinda hokey but okay. Not History though.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:30 PM

I always thought John was a better King. At least he was in England more then his brother was.

Agreed. John at least ruled, and if memory serves he introduced some legal reforms that are now quite well thought of (though I can't remember offhand what they were). Richard didn't rule at all, he just liked fighting.