Robin and Marian

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Maybe it was because audiences expected another Four Musketeers-style romp that this flopped on its first release. There are quite a few typical Lester gags on the fringes of its tale of an elderly Robin returning to Sherwood from the Crusades and finding that Marian has become Abbess of a local priory; but the movie is conceived and executed in an elegaic key (not unlike Siegel's The Shootist), and played with an unfashionable depth of feeling (especially by Connery and Hepburn, both terrific). It's one of those rare movies, like King Hu's Touch of Zen, that handles its historical imagery so cleanly, and contains its pretensions so solidly within sure characterisation and plotting, that it is often sublimely expressive.

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Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Lester
Screenwriter: James Goldman
Cast: Sean Connery
Audrey Hepburn
Robert Shaw
Richard Harris
Nicol Williamson
Denholm Elliott
Kenneth Haigh
Ronnie Barker
Ian Holm
Bill Maynard
Esmond Knight
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