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  • Actors: Barrie Ingham, Peter Blythe, John Arnatt, Gay Hamilton, John Gugolka
  • Directors: C.M. Pennington-Richards
  • Producers: Clifford Parkes
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V8FSCO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,467 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hammer Film Productions drama based on the adventures of folk hero Robin Hood. Barrie Ingham stars as Robin de Courtenay, a young nobleman who is falsely accused by his cousin Sir Roger (Peter Blythe) of murdering another cousin. His accuser is in fact a cohort of the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham (John Arnatt), who plans to seize control of the family lands that Robin stands to inherit. Forced to become an outlaw and flee into nearby Sherwood Forest, Robin gathers together a band of rebels to fight against his scheming cousin and the evil sheriff.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Newbould on 5 Feb. 2010
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This is a lively and colourful action adventure featuring the men in tights, damsels in distress and dastardly villains. In this film Robin and his Merry Men have to rescue the lovely Maid Marian from the clutches of the slimy Sheriff of Nottingham and the evil, scheming Sir Roger De Courtney - Robin's cousin, not the bloke with Nookey Bear. On the subject of nookey, that's exactly what the Sheriff wants with Maid Marian. Can Robin and his men arrive in time before the lecherous lothario whips off his codpiece?

This particular story deals with the origins of Robin Hood - why he became an outlaw and how he got his name etc. There is plenty of swordplay and bowmanship on display and some slapstick comedy when the bad guys are pelted with dozens of pies! There is even a good old-fashioned sing-song around the campfire. The film itself is not quite as good as Hammer's Sword Of Sherwood Forest (which featured Richard Greene as Robin Hood and Peter Cushing as The Sheriff of Nottingham) but it is still enjoyable fun that all the family can watch.

This DVD version presents the film in a widescreen ratio of 1:66.1 and the picture quality is pretty good with vivid, rich colours. If you are a fan of Robin Hood or Hammer films then this is worth adding to your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 May 2013
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A CHALLENGE FOR ROBIN HOOD 1967 DVD 2010

This 1967 Hammer Films take on the Robin Hood story was probably the better of the three films that Hammer made about the legendary outlaw hero. This outing had a slightly different opening twist to the tradition film telling of the tale; Robin is a young Norman noble who is framed for the murder of a cousin before fleeing to the forest.

There is plenty of action and the film is studded with the usual Hammer Films, tongue in cheek humour and is carried by a good cast with Barrie Ingham as Robin, John Arnatt as an excellent Sheriff of Nottingham and the great James Hayter as Friar Tuck, in my opinion one of the best characterisations of Tuck ever.

The film has all the qualities that Hammer Films were famous for and observant watchers will recognise pieces of set that were used before and after in some of the classic Hammer Horror films.

Overall a good little movie, very enjoyable. Strangely this film has been almost totally forgotten in the UK but received very frequent showings on German television.

One of the scarcer of the Robin Hood films only getting onto DVD a couple of years ago, I have both the R2 UK release version and the Spanish Import R2 edition both of which are equally good pressings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Dec. 2010
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A Challenge for Robin Hood sees Hammer reworking the Robin Hood legend yet again and making a better stab at the writing and direction than the casting: Barrie Ingham is pretty low on anybody's list of what Robin would look like, but then apart from James Hayter's Friar Tuck, Leon Greene's Little John, William Squire's ailing noble and one E. Flynn as Alan A. Dale (unfortunately the E stands for Eric, but you can't have everything), most of the cast look like they signed up for a different kind of picture entirely. Ingham's a rather RSC stage Robin, but he grows on you as the film goes on and Peter Blythe makes for a dastardly villain, the kind of rotter who'll kill a man for poaching the king's deer and then ask the victim's child to return the arrow. Not only that, but he doesn't even pay his servants and has to ransom Robin Hood to the peasants to afford to pay his butcher's bill.

It takes quite a few liberties with the legend: this Robin is neither a Loxley or a Huntingdon but a Robin de Courtney outlawed after his evil cousin frames him for murder, Maid Marion isn't who she first appears to be and the Merry Men's Lincoln green is a distinct shade of teal. Despite its transgressions, it's a considerable improvement over Hammer's earlier Richard Greene Robin Hood Sword of Sherwood Forest film with a pleasingly colourful look thanks to Arthur Grant's fine cinematography even if a couple of the action scenes are a bit underfunded and under-rehearsed. It's the kind of film where the Sheriff's men are as likely to get a pie in the face as an arrow in the chest until the inevitable storming the castle finale, but it manages to be good fun and surprisingly entertaining in its undemanding way. Cinematographer-turned-director C. M.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. P. Wilkinson on 23 May 2010
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THIS IS AN EXCELLENT VERSION OF THE ROBIN HOOD STORY AND ONE OF MY FAVOURITE VERSIONS OF ALL TIME OTHER THAN THE CLASSIC ONE WITH ERROL FLYNN IN OF COURSE. THE STORY IS VERY ENTERTAINING AND THE CAST EXCELLENT. THERE IS ALSO PLENTY OF GOOD SWORD FIGHTS AND A WRESTLING BOUT TO BOOT BETWEEN BARRY INGHAM AND LEONE GREEN WHO PLAY ROBIN AND LITTLE JOHN. WELL WORTH GETTING IF YOU LIKE THESE KIND OF FILMS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2014
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A Challenge for Robin Hood is directed by C.M. Pennington-Richards and written by Peter Bryan. It stars Barrie Ingham, Peter Blythe, James Hayter, John Arnatt, Gay Hamilton, John Gugolka, Eric Flynn, Leon Greene and Douglas Mitchell. Music is by Gary Hughes and cinematography by Arthur Grant.

A Seven Arts-Hammer production in De Luxe Color, this is another variant on the Robin Hood legend. Very much operating from the Norman and the Saxon feud, pic has all the requisite swashbuckling shenanigans to entertain the family. It's very colourful, both in camera lensing and costuming, robust with the action scenes, and thrives on the good olde goodies versus baddies nature of the origin story.

The Masked Monk!

It's all very fanciful of course, with derring-do and machismo the order of the day, which unfortunately renders the Maid Marian (Hamilton) character as being an outsider looking in. Yet the camaraderie of the merry men, the earning of trusts and surrogate kinship's, ensures there's nary a dull moment in the tale.

The pies have it.

Whilst the choreography is not high end, the standard of the buckling of the swashes is better than average, while there is some fun sequences that can't fail to raise a smile. Pennington-Richards and his team have managed to not let the modest budget bog the picture down; modern day car glimpsed in the background of one shot not withstanding!

Mr. Kipling makes exceedingly good cakes.

The cast is made up of mostly unknowns, but that is absolutely fine as the likes of Ingham and Blythe are attacking their roles with such relish, with a glint in their eyes, it's hard not to just buy into the frothy fun of it all.
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