Sword of Sherwood Forest
Sword of Sherwood Forest is a 1960 British Technicolor adventure film in MegaScope directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions. Richard Greene reprises the role of Robin Hood, which he played in The Adventures of Robin Hood on TV from 1955 to 1959.
|Sword of Sherwood Forest|
|Directed by||Terence Fisher|
|Written by||Alan Hackney|
|Music by||Alun Hoddinott|
|Edited by||Lee Doig|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|26 December 1960|
|Box office||1,229,879 admissions (France)|
The Sheriff of Nottingham (Peter Cushing) plans to confiscate the estate of the Lord of Bawtry, a nobleman who has died on Crusade. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Hubert Walter (Jack Gwillim), speaks against this plan and the Sheriff plots to eliminate him. Robin Hood is asked to undertake the assassination of the Archbishop for the plotters, led by the Earl of Newark (Richard Pasco) and Lord Melton (Oliver Reed), but on realising who the intended target is, resolves to help the Archbishop instead.
Maid Marian (Sarah Branch) also wants to meet the Archbishop so she can grant freedom to the family of a man murdered by the Sheriff's men, and she is also keen to meet Robin again who she met when she thought he was a common outlaw, but now realises he is on the side of good.
- Richard Greene as Robin Hood
- Peter Cushing as the Sheriff of Nottingham
- Niall MacGinnis as Friar Tuck
- Sarah Branch as Maid Marian
- Richard Pasco as Edward, Earl of Newark
- Jack Gwillim as Archbishop Hubert Walter
- Nigel Green as Little John
- Vanda Godsell as the Prioress
- Edwin Richfield as the Sheriff's Lieutenant
- Charles Lamb as Old Bowyer
- Dennis Lotis as Alan A'Dale
- Oliver Reed as the Lord Melton (uncredited)
- Patrick Crean as Lord Ollerton (uncredited)
- Derren Nesbitt as Martin of Eastwood (uncredited)
- Desmond Llewellyn as Wounded Fugitive (uncredited)
- John Hoey as Old Jack (uncredited)
- Anew McMaster as Judge (uncredited)
- James Neylin as Roger (uncredited)
- Brian Rawlinson as Falconer (uncredited)
- Reginald Hearne as Man-at-Arms (uncredited)
- Apart from Greene, none of the original cast from The Adventures of Robin Hood appear in the film.
The film earned generally favourably reviews and became a sleeper hit.
The New York Times wrote, "It's business as usual, but hold on. Alan Hackney's script and Terence Fisher's direction keep the incidents jouncing...a nicely tinted Sherwood Forest is as pretty as could be, and Sarah Branch is certainly the curviest Lady Marian we've ever seen. Mr. Greene is aptly limber, and Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco and an unidentified "Archbishop of Canterbury" are excellent."
Sword of Sherwood Forest currently holds a three star rating (6.4/10) on IMDb.
- Box office information for Terence Fisher films in France at Box office Story
- "MOVIE REVIEW Double Bill Opens - NYTimes.com". movies.nytimes.com.