Robin Hood

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Woodcut of Robin Hood, from a 17th-century broadside.

Robin Hood is a legendary heroic outlaw originally depicted in English folklore and subsequently featured in literature and film. According to legend, he was a highly skilled archer and swordsman. In some versions of the legend, he is depicted as being of noble birth, and in modern retellings he is sometimes depicted as having fought in the Crusades before returning to England to find his lands taken by the Sheriff. In the oldest known versions he is instead a member of the yeoman class. Traditionally depicted dressed in Lincoln green, he is said to have robbed from the rich and given to the poor.


Early ballads (i.e., surviving in 15th- or early-16th-century copies)[edit]

Ballads appearing in 17th-century Percy Folio[edit]

Other ballads[edit]


Live-action features[edit]

Early 1900s to 1950[edit]




  • Robin Hood (1970 film) el arquero invencible a 1970 Spanish/Italian co-prouction with Carlos Quiney as Robin Hood
  • L'Arciere di fuoco (known under the English-language titles Long live Robin Hood and The Scalawag Bunch), a 1971 Italian film starring Giuliano Gemma as Robin Hood.
  • Up the Chastity Belt, 1971, starring Frankie Howerd, with Hugh Paddick as Robin Hood.
  • The Arrows of Robin Hood (Strely Robin Guda, Стрелы Робин Гуда), a Soviet adaptation in Russian by Sergey Tarasov, starring Boris Khmelnitsky as Robin Hood, with songs of Vladimir Vysotsky.
  • Robin Hood Junior, 1975 starring Keith Chegwin as a young Robin.
  • Robin and Marian, a 1976 film with a revisionist version of the story starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as Robin Hood and Lady Marian at the end of their lives.


  • Time Bandits, 1981 film starring John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall; written and directed by Terry Gilliam had a short spoof of the Robin Hood legend, with Robin (played by Cleese) being portrayed as an upper class twit and as a parody of Charles, Prince of Wales.
  • The Ballad of the Valiant Knight Ivanhoe (Ballada O Doblestnom Rytsare Ayvengo, Баллада о доблестном рыцаре Айвенго), a 1983 Russian adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe by Sergey Tarasov, with songs of Vladimir Vysotsky, starring Boris Khmelnitsky as Robin Hood, who helps Ivanhoe to restore Richard's kingdom.
  • Superfantozzi, a 1986 Italian film, the fifth of the Fantozzi comedy film series. Directed by Neri Parenti, it stars Paolo Villaggio as several incarnations of the character Ugo Fantozzi during the whole history of humanity. In one segment set in medieval England, a poor Fantozzi is given a large sum of gold from Robin Hood (played by Luc Merenda), only to be robbed minutes later by Robin himself because that gold made him rich.


  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, a 1991 film starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Alan Rickman, with Sean Connery appearing as King Richard in the finale.
  • Robin Hood (1991 film), starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman, is a reinvention of the story pitting Robin Hood against different antagonists.[3] The film was released theatrical in Europe, Australia, and Japan, and on television on the Fox network in the United States and in South America.
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights, a 1993 film by Mel Brooks that spoofs both the 1938 and the 1991 films and recycles bits from his short-lived late-1975 Robin Hood TV sitcom When Things Were Rotten. Cary Elwes plays Robin in the movie, and Patrick Stewart appears in the ending, spoofing Sean Connery's take on King Richard.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Sherwood, a 1994 film starring Jason Braly as Robin Hood


  • Nottingham 2051, a 2004 film. In the year 2051. Robin Hood and Little John want to deliver "essential pharmacies" in the third world. Robin Hood is played by Tiziano Scrocca.
  • Splitting the Arrow. A 2007 film. Sometime in the 12th Century, a Documentary Crew entered Sherwood Forest in search of a legend. This is what followed. Calvert Tooley plays Robin Hood.


  • Robin Hood (2010 film), a 2010 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.
  • Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood|, a 2012German/US international co-production.
  • Robin Hood (2018 film), a film directed by Otto Bathurst previously titled Robin Hood: Origins. Features a "hip" take on the character's origins, starring Jamie Foxx as Little John and Taron Egerton as Robin, a war-hardened crusader.

Animated features[edit]

  • Brave Robin Hood , a 1970 Soviet stop-motion animated film of a film studio "Soyuzmultfilm" which was created by the director Anatoliy Karanovich on Evgeny Agranovich's verses performed by Mikhail Ziv.
  • Robin Hood (1973 film), a Walt Disney production, which had the various characters depicted as anthropomorphic animal characters, including Robin Hood and Maid Marian as foxes. Perhaps the most famous animated version of the legend.
  • [[[w:Storybook Classics: Robin Hood|Storybook Classics: Robin Hood]], 1988 animated.
  • Robin Hood: Quest for the King, 2007 animated Robin Hood tale.
  • Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men a VeggieTales film released in spring 2012.
  • Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse a 2012 film released in October 2012 starring Tom and Jerry.
  • Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood, a 2013 Indian-French CGI animated series produced by Method Animation and DQ Enternainement. Shows a children's version of Robin Hood.


Live-action television series[edit]

  • Robin Hood a 1953 television series on BBC Television, featured Patrick Troughton, in the first representation of Robin Hood on television.
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood, a long-running (1955-1959) British series starring Richard Greene that is also remembered for its catchy theme tune.
  • Ivanhoe, a 1958-1959 TV series starring Roger Moore as Ivanhoe. Features Emerton Court[16] as "Sir Robert" in the episode "Arms and the Women".
  • The Legend of Robin Hood a 1975 six-episode BBC miniseries starring Martin Potter in the title role, Paul Darrow as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Diane Keen as Lady Marion. The adaptation was aired on public television in the USA later in the 1970s.
  • When Things Were Rotten, a 1975 comedy TV series produced by Mel Brooks and starring Richard Gautier (as an imbecilic Robin Hood), Bernie Kopell and Misty Rowe.
  • Robin of Sherwood, a 1984-1986 fantasy-style British television series starring Michael Praed and later Jason Connery as Robin. The series set the template for many of the adaptations that followed, most notably the introduction of a Saracen (Muslim) outlaw and the move to a grittier tone.
  • Maid Marian and her Merry Men, a 1989-1994 British children's TV show, rewrote the legend somewhat, with Marian as the dynamic leader of the resistance against Prince John, Robin as her thick-headed, cowardly, buffoonish figurehead, and Nottingham as John's put-upon, sarcastic enforcer.
  • The New Adventures of Robin Hood, a 1997-1998 France–U.S. TV series, starred Matthew Porretta as a black-leather-clad Robin in the first two seasons and John Bradley taking over the lead role in the final two seasons. The tone of the series resembled its contemporaries Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Porretta had appeared as Will Scarlet O'Hara in Men in Tights.
  • Ivanhoe, a 1997 TV mini-series featuring Aden Gillett as Robin of Locksley.
  • Back to Sherwood, a 1999 children's series featuring a teenage descendant of Robin ("Robyn Hood") who discovers she has the power to travel back in time, and joins with the children of her ancestor's band (Joan Little, Phil Scarlet, etc.).
  • Robin Hood 2006 TV series) a BBC One television series,and most likely the best version of Robin Hood out there, was produced by Tiger Aspect. It was first broadcast as thirteen-episode series in the UK from October to December 2006, with a second series following in 2007, and third in 2009. Jonas Armstrong stars in the title role.
  • Alyas Robin Hood, a 2016 Philippine primetime series produced by GMA Network.

Animated television series[edit]

  • Robin Hood (Japanese: ロビンフッドの大冒険, Robin Hood no Daibōken), a Japanese animated series developed by Tatsunoko Productions, airing from 1990-1992, which tells a version of the story in which Robin (Voiced by Kazue Ikura) and his men (and women), as well as Maid Marian, are — in majority — children. This version also incorporates several fantasy elements, mainly expressed in mystic powers of the nature and a powerful treasure protected by the forest Sherwood itself. The whole series contains strong environmental messages as well as morals relating to real life.
  • Young Robin Hood, a 1991 animated series developed by Cinar and Hanna-Barbera, tells a version of the story in which Robin (Voiced by Thor Bishopric) and his men, as well as Maid Marian, are teenagers. This version also incorporates several fantasy elements. For example, Robin is sometimes assisted by a forest-dwelling old woman who knows magic.
  • King Arthur's Disasters, a 2005 British animated series features Robin Hood who rivals Arthur.

Animated TV movies[edit]

Theatrical shorts[edit]

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