Sherwood Forest has a courageous new hero -- Gwyn, the daughter of Robin Hood -- in this thrilling new adventure packed with swashbuckling fun for the whole family. Possessing the cunning skills of her legendary father and... more » the beauty and intelligence of her mother Marion, Gwyn (Keira Knightley, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL) is anxious to follow in Robin Hood's footsteps. But he'd rather see her remain safely behind under the watchful eye of Friar Tuck and her best friend Froderick. As King Richard nears death, Robin Hood and his Merry Men are summoned to help bring Richard's son, Prince Philip, to his rightful place on the throne before the evil Prince John can assume power. But when Robin Hood is captured by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Malcolm McDowell, MY LIFE SO FAR) and sentenced to death, his life and the future of England lie in Gwyn's inexperienced hands.« less
THis movie is so cool!!!
Right up there with Pirate movie.
It's cool that Robin Hood daughter has to come and save him.
A crazy adventure.
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Definately a 3.5 star item, but let's give it 4 for fun
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 10/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cruelly drubbed by many reviewers for folklore inaccuracies (Robin Hood's daughter is of noble blood etc), blatent historical inaccuracies (revealed in the final reel) and the Disney-fied vision of medieval life. This movie (originally made for television) is actually well worth a look and really not all that bad if taken for what it is (a fantasy re-imagining of the what if the good hearted English outlaw Robin Hood had a daughter who followed in her fathers footsteps). With some great acting - especially from Malcolm McDowell as the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and rising Hollywood star Keira (King Arthur, Pirates of the Caribbean) Knightley as the title character Gwyn. Revolving around the attempts of Robin Hood (and subsequently Gwyn) to safely transport King Richards illegitimate son Phillip to London in an effort to thwart Prince John's designs on the English throne. The movie has enough action to keep the young ones happy and enough drama and romance to make it a diverting picture for the adults. Kudos also to director Peter Hewitt for providing a light commentary on this DVD."
Delightful treat ~ good clean fun for the whole family!
randomartco | Greater Washington D.C. area | 07/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I stumbled across this delightful treat of a Disney film a few years ago, just as Kiera Knightley was breaking onto the Hollywood scene in "Bend It Like Beckham"...
A family-friendly film, this fictional story "Princess of Thieves" centers on Robin Hood's almost-grown teenage daughter, Gwyn (Kiera Knightley). While King Richard lies dying (off at the crusades), his illegitimate son (& rightful heir), Prince Phillip (Stephen Moyer) must bravely face danger & the mercenaries hired by Prince John (Richard's evil brother) to travel across England & ascend the throne. The tempestuous father/daughter relationship between Robin Hood & Gwyn must be overcome (Gwyn is angry with her father, as he is gone all the time & won't let her join his band of merry men), in order that they might help Phillip to his rightful place as ruler, foiling the plans of the evil Prince John. But when Phillip & Gwyn meet by chance under false circumstances, anthing & everything could happen...
For those of you worried about content, this is a very family-friendly movie: there is some mild romantic tension & a time when a woman dressed as a man ends up atop another man for a few seconds (clothes on, they were fighting), there is some killing/death (nothing too drastic or bloody shown) and there is mild violence as people fight. Beyond this, there is little to object to...
I was quite impressed by this film: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for the fictional nature of the story and cheese factor, but I must say I really did like this movie & have watched it quite a few times: a sweet, sweet story with some good actors/actresses, I would recommend this as a nice break from everyday fare & a good film for the whole family to watch!"
Highly Exciting Clean Fun Adventure of Robin Hood Legacy
MoonLitTree | USA | 11/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Very well-crafted Disney Production, much reminiscent of "Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl" blockbuster adventure-ride. 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."
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 05/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This may not wow audiences but it is a decent fictional story from the perspective that Robin and Marian had a daughter. Marian has died and left her husband to raise their daughter. Since he is often gone off to fight for King Richard, it reminds us of single parents raising children today. A tough job that often ends up with some resentment on the part of the child for not being there for them. Sound familiar?
Even still the acting is decent and the production values are good. A relatively light adventure film that the family can enjoy. A romance develops between Gwen and Prince Phillip as he tries to hide from Prince John and the Sheriff of Notingham. Good quality DVD but no extras. Fans of family oriented Disney movies should enjoy it."
Kenneth Broeckel | Escondido, CA USA | 10/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a favorite of my daughter and I. I like the main imaginative idea of Robin Hood as a single father, bringing up a daughter named Gwyn. Talk about the ultimate tom boy, right? Well she happens to also be a very beautiful girl and the mix of modern and historical sensibilities about gender and the roles we play sets the stage for philosophical reflection, action and discussions. The positive aspects of this film begins with the location of the filming. Listening to the commentary points out many interesting facts about Romania and filming in general. There is a very excellent film sequence near the beginning showing progressive growth of Gwyn as she awakes in the morning over an approximate 10 year period. For Star Trek fans there is a very funny little aside where the director refers to 2 of his characters as looking like Klingons and they really do. Keira Knightley is superb in this film. I believe that this film role will one day be seen as a classic for it embodies everything she potentially brings to the screen, but does so in a very family friendly story. I really like this actress, but don't care to follow her harder edged characterizations in some other films. I realize my conservative opinion on this and respect her right to pursue her career as she sees fit. The horses are fantastic. You learn from the commentary that they had difficulty with the wild natured Romanian horses and it is fun to see evidence of this on screen. Look for the roving dogs also. The negative qualities of this film are mostly humorous. The fight sequences are very tame, which is good for a family film. Keira is never physically convincing as a "boy", but all films require some amount of imaginative play. Jonathan Hyde's acting, while good, is a rip off of Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's Prince of Thieves. The ending is very sad from a romantic standpoint, even though I understand its historicity. Royal restrictions on marriage are so stupid, as well as restrictions of some church groups on marriage in the clergy. But, I digress. Overall this is a fun, engaging movie that entertains and makes you think. The primary story revolves around the father/daughter relationship and this movie succeeds in promoting positive dialogue and action if you find yourself in one. When you understand this it makes this movie's ending a very happy beginning. Enjoy!"