- Actors: Keira Knightley, Malcolm McDowell, Stuart Wilson, Crispin Letts, Roger Ashton-Griffiths
- Directors: Peter Hewitt
- Format: PAL, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Czech
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00524SDGW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,073 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Princess Of Thieves - Keira Knightley [DVD]
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Brand New & Factory Sealed. Region 2 PAL (UK & Europe). IMPORTANT: This is the official Czech release. The front cover is exactly as pictured and the back cover has Czech text. The film itself has optional Czech sound & subtitles on/off. ORIGINAL ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK - GUARANTEED > > > > > As Robin Hood and Will Scarlett journey back from their most recent Crusade, King Richard lies wounded and dying. Richard's son, Phillip, must journey from France to England to stop wicked Prince John from seizing the throne. However, John's henchmen are everywhere and are determined to assassinate him, so Robin & Will are ordered to safely escort Phillip over to England. When they are captured, only Robin's beautiful but fiery daughter, Gwynn (an equal to any man in archery and horse riding), is left to fulfil the dangerous mission. Despite having been forbidden by her father to get involved, Gwynn (Keira Knightly) disguises herself as a boy and sets off to save Phillip, rescue Robin and Will, and thwart the Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John's evil plans...
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Robin however had been entrusted with a special mission by King Richard, to ensure that his illegitimate son and heir Philip (Stephen Moyer) becomes King instead of dastardly John (Johnathon Hyde) who will go to any lengths to take the throne. This mission takes him away from home once again. This arouses the jealousy of Gwen who is determined to go with her father to prove herself, and make him feel guilty about leaving her behind because she is a girl.
Things to not go according to plan however when Robin's Nemesis the Sheriff of Nottingham (Malcolm MacDowell) takes him hostage to stop him from foiling Prince John's sinister plans to sieze the throne, leaving Gwen with the responsibility of rescuing him, defeating the evil Sheriff and his henchmen and ensuring Philip takes his rightful place on the throne of England.
Originally a TV movie for Disney Channel in the US, this is yet another Robin Hood 'spin off', it has a better (and unusually almost entirely British ) cast most other such productions, though this is because Disney of course has more money at their disposal.
Prince John is as usual an incompetent childish fool, but his acting is as bad as his persona, and is matched by all the other baddies with the exception of The Sheriff of Nottingham. For some bizarre reason the British actor in the role of Will Scarlet has a very unrealistic Scottish accent throughout. I can understand this from an American actor who cannot do a British accent, but why from a Brit?
The movie is typically Americanised. All the characters (including the peasants) have perfectly clean clothes throughout, never get dirty, and look immaculate all the time even when they are in the forest.
One character jumps in front of an archer to 'take and arrow' for Prince Philip in the style of an action movie, but recovers after 5 minutes.
The film makers seemed also to have little knowledge of the Geography of Britain, as characters are able to get from Nottingham to London in a couple of hours, with what must have been incredibly fast horses.
It is very corny and predictable, with the typical resolution of Robin nearly being killed by the Sheriff but being saved by the good guys just in time. Still, such is to be expected from a children's film.
This one has something to please most children up to about the age of about 11 with a good looking hero and heroine, a `kickass' girl in the leading role, plenty of action including sword-fighting and archery, deeds of daring doo, all the familiar 'Robin Hood' characters and a happy ending.
My only concern would be that somechildren who didn't know that much about History might end up believing that King Richard's son Philip really did become King of England. This is probably not very likely though.
Some have commented that the main problem with this movie is that is a TV movie that tries to be a Big Screen movie, but fails. I am inclined to agree. It is slightly better than the average Children's TV movie, and has been released on DVD everywhere from Australia to Korea and Hungary but for some reason bypassed the UK.
This is one of Keira Knightly's first films and you might expect this not to be worth watching. However, 'Knightly' gives a mature performance with acting talents equal to that as seen in 'Pirates of the Carribean.' The rest of the cast are also well chosen and deliver a surperb performance. Disney as usual make it great viewing for all ages and ensures that this film really delivers.
It's such a shame that this was never released in the UK. However, if you have multi-region dvd player then you will have no problem and I would definately recommend this.
Keira Knightley's superb performance alone makes it worth watching many times. Excellent soundtrack keeps adventure rolling with well balanced script and extraordinary overall performance of all casts.
Insightful quotes such as "Life is a wild horse, ride it all it will ride you", "One man's desire should not cause another man's suffering", etc. makes it a perfect clean movie for its originally intended teen-audience demography, as weel as for the whole family. Unfortunately enough, it is really very hard to find any such movie these days which can claim the same.
-The TreeClub Review Team.
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