- Director:Richard Lester
- Writer:James Goldman
- Cast:Sean Connery,Audrey Hepburn,Robert Shaw
- Time:1h 46min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Sean Connery||-||Robin Hood|
|Audrey Hepburn||-||Maid Marian|
|Robert Shaw||-||Sheriff of Nottingham|
|Richard Harris||-||Richard the Lionheart / King Richard|
|Nicol Williamson||-||Little John|
|Denholm Elliott||-||Will Scarlett|
|Kenneth Haigh||-||Sir Ranulf|
|Ronnie Barker||-||Friar Tuck|
|Ian Holm||-||King John|
|Esmond Knight||-||Old Defender|
|Veronica Quilligan||-||Sister Mary|
|Kenneth Cranham||-||Jack's Apprentice|
Audrey Hepburn was convinced to take the role of Marian, in part, from the insistence of her sons. Once her young sons learned that Sir Sean Connery had been cast as Robin Hood, they begged their mother to take the part, so she could act with "James Bond". She happily complied.
This movie could not be shot in England, because some of the major principals were tax exiles.
This is the first of four movies featuring Sir Sean Connery and Denholm Elliott. The other three being A Bridge Too Far (1977), Cuba (1979), and Indiana Jones ja viimane ristiretk (1989).
Richard Harris agreed to play the cameo role of King Richard the Lionheart as a favor to Sir Sean Connery, whom he had befriended while filming The Molly Maguires (1970). Connery made a cameo appearance as King Richard the Lionheart in Robin Hood: varaste prints (1991).
Esmond Knight lost an eye in active service at sea during the Battle of the Denmark Strait in 1941. For his role as the one-eyed Old Defender in the opening scenes, he removed his glass eye.
This was Audrey Hepburn's first movie since Wait Until Dark (1967). She had taken a break from acting to raise her family.
Director Richard Lester offered Charlton Heston a cameo, but Heston would have loved to have played the lead.
Although he had worked harmoniously with Composer John Barry on earlier movies, Director Richard Lester was very displeased with Barry's score for this one.
Sir Sean Connery and Robert Shaw played adversaries in 007: Armastusega Venemaalt (1963).
Towards the beginning, Little John starts eating, and Robin exclaims, "How can you eat at a time like this?", to which Little John replies "I'm hungry!" Sir Sean Connery had this exchange with Honey Ryder in 007: Dr No (1962), though Connery was on the hungry side of that one.
James Goldman had already written The Lion in Winter (1968), which included the characters of Richard and John Plantagenet in their younger years.
According to Lindsay Anderson's diaries, he was asked to direct this project.
Sir Sean Connery's son Jason played Robin Hood in Robin of Sherwood (1984).
The producers originally wanted Albert Finney to play Robin, and Sir Sean Connery to play Little John.
Director Richard Lester became attached to the project before the script was written.
This was filmed under the title "The Death of Robin Hood".
When Robin jumps down the tree after having spied the Sheriff's army, you can see that he has no underwear.
The cast includes two Oscar winners; Sir Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn; and four Oscar nominees; Sir Richard Harris, Denholm Elliott, Sir Ian Holm, and Robert Shaw.
Around this time, Mel Brooks was filming a comedic Robin Hood television show, When Things Were Rotten (1975), and Director Sidney Hayers was hoping to set up a rival Hood pic with Patrick Mower.
A rejected score was composed by Michel Legrand. It was released on CD in 2009 by Universal France.
This is the second time Audrey Hepburn played a nun. The first one being The Nun's Story (1959), directed by Fred Zinneman.
Rare for an Audrey Hepburn movie, in that she is actually older (by several months) than her romantic lead, Sir Sean Connery.
Closing credits: Some of the characters and incidents portrayed and some of the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.
Denholm Elliott's widow detailed some of what occurred during the production. She remarked that Sir Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn were perfectly manageable. It was Robert Shaw, Nicol Williamson, and Richard Harris who caused the tension, according to her book about her late husband. All hell would be let loose if and when all three actors would be alone together, sober or otherwise.
Despite mixed critical and popular reviews of the ending, in which Robin and Marian die, Sir Sean Connery claimed that he was quite pleased with how the movie concluded. After years of playing the same character in the James Bond film franchise, Connery said he was happy to play a character in which there was no chance of having a sequel.
One of the elements of the Robin Hood legend since the fifteenth century is that he was betrayed and killed by the Abbess of Kirklees Priory. This movie, for the first time, makes Marian the Abbess, and in a twist on the legend, she kills Robin to keep him from having to live out his life as a cripple. Shooting the arrow from the Priory window and telling Little John to bury him where it falls is also part of the legend. A marker outside the Priory reputedly marks Robin's grave to this day.