The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood

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The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood
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GenreComedy
Written by Robert Kaufman
Directed by Ray Austin
Starring George Segal
Morgan Fairchild
Roddy McDowell
Janet Suzman
Tom Baker
Neil Hallett
Robert Hardy
Roy Kinnear
Robin Nedwell
Michelle Newell
Pat Roach
Music by Stanley Myers
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s) Charles Fries
Robert Kaufman
Producer(s) Andrew Donally
Leslie Gilliat (associate producer)
Production location(s)Allington Castle, Maidstone, Kent, England
Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Editor(s) Bill Lenny
Running time91 minutes
Production company(s)Charles Fries Productions
Distributor CBS
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio format Mono
Original releaseMay 22, 1984

The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1984 American made-for-television comedy film directed by Ray Austin and starring George Segal, Morgan Fairchild, Roddy McDowell, Janet Suzman and Tom Baker. It is a parody of the Robin Hood story. [1]

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Plot

In not-so-merry-old-England during the 13th Century, the neurotic Prince John (Roddy McDowell) sits on the throne, supported by his evil henchman, Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Tom Baker) and constantly ridiculed by his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Janet Suzman). While celebrating his birthday, the Prince becomes unhappy when he discovers his older brother, Richard, is not dead as everyone thought but rather being held for ransom in Austria. As Richard is the rightful King of England, this creates a problem for Prince John. However, Gisbourne openly suggests that they tax the Saxon peasants to raise the ransom, while secretly confiding in the Prince that the King will most likely die of pneumonia before the year is out and that they will keep the money.

The birthday revels are interrupted by Robin Hood (George Segal), disguised in drag and reciting an offensive poem. Not seeing through the disguise, Gisbourne demands she take them to Robin Hood's hideout in Sherwood Forest. That night, Eleanor convinces Maid Marian (Morgan Fairchild) to play up to Gisbourne's advances and use him to help Robin Hood.

When Prince John and Guy travel to Sherwood, they are ambushed by Robin Hood's Merry Men. They are stripped of their garments, their possessions and money stolen, then driven out of the forest. Will Scarlet (Robin Nedwell) frequently tries to make a song out of these events, but thankfully Robin stops him every time.

Eleanor and Marian sneak into the bandits' camp at night, disguised as two nuns, and hoping to enlist Robin's help in freeing King Richard. They are caught by Robin, who recognises them immediately, and the trio eat together and discuss plans. Robin and Marian realise they love each other.

Robin and his band begin travelling across the country to raise the ransom money but nothing goes right. They try robbing a bank only to find that they have won a prize as the hundredth customer and get distracted. When they finally rob the bank, they find it only has three coins and a pfennig. Times are hard for everyone, it seems. Eventually, Robin has to report back to Eleanor that England is broke. She advises him to get the money from Isaac of York (Kenneth Griffith), a Jewish moneylender.

In York, Robin stands out like a sore thumb amongst all the orthodox Jews. Isaac agrees to lend Robin the ransom money provided that in return the King gives the Jews their own country. Isaac suggests Palestine, although Miami would be his second choice. They settle on naming the new country after Isaac's father, Israel. Robin sneaks into the Prince's castle to tell Eleanor, who now insists he must raise an army. Robin then tries to seduce Marian, promising her they'll be wed once King Richard returns, but with little success.

Starring

Locations

The production visited Kent where they used The Barron’s Hall at Penshurst Place to double as King John’s Hall and the Cathedral and Allington Castle exterior doubles as King John’s castle and the hall as the Bank of Normandy. [2]

Reception

John J. O'Connor of The New York Times complained the film felt 'strained' and criticized the jokes and editing. [3]

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References

  1. http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b78edb9cc
  2. Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Article".
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/1984/05/22/arts/the-zany-adventures-of-robin-hood-on-cbs.html