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Cannes Opens with Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood

Cannes Opens with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood

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The Cannes Film Festival has selected its opening night film: Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The period actioner will screen out of competition on May 12, the day it opens in France. Universal releases the Imagine film globally on May 14.

Written by Brian Helgeland (Mystic River), the movie functions as an origin myth for the Sherwood Forest bandit. Scott has shown his films at Cannes before, but not for a while: The Duellists screened in 1977 and Thelma and Louise in 1991. (Lets hope this one plays better than producer Brian Grazer’s last Cannes opener: The Da Vinci Code, in 2006. Of course, the movie did go on to gross $757 million worldwide.)

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WATCH the film?!!! Now you’re asking way too much. Now, if Jason Statham and Megan Fox were playing those parts, I’d be there on line on opening night! ;P


Brian, Crowe isn’t playing a “young” Robin. You need to read a bit more carefully about the film [or maybe actually watch it when it opens] to comment on suitability of the actors. Cate is playing Lady Marion [a widow] by the way… not a young ingenue.


Origin myth? That’s odd. Russell Crowe will be 46 when this movie comes out. Sean Connery was 46 when ROBIN AND MARIAN (1976) came out and he played Robin in that movie as an old man who’d just come back from the Crusades after 20-odd years. Crowe is considerably heavier than Connery was, although he has more hair than Connery did. I somehow doubt he’ll make a very convincing young Robin. (For comparison purposes, Errol Flynn was 28 when ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, 1938, came out.) And I still think 40-year-old Cate Blanchett would make a much better Sheriff of Nottingham than Maid Marian. (Did you not see her delightful villainous turn in INDY 4?)

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