Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Princess of Thieves (2001)

"Princess of Thieves" is a made-for-TV low budget movie, the title of which might imply it was a sequel to "Prince of Thieves", though the content is clearly not. The plot explores the theme "what if Robin Hood had a child?" Of course that notion had been addressed before in movies like "Bandit of Sherwood Forest" and "Rogues of Sherwood Forest", but the difference this time is that the child is a daughter.

Gwen "Hood" Loxley has grown up more or less neglected by her father Robin Hood whilst he was overseas fighting alongside King Richard. After the death of Richard, Robin returns home to try and ensure Prince Philip takes the throne and not Prince John. When Robin is captured it is up to his daughter Gwen to prove herself to her father.

Aimed at a pre-teen / teen audience, the movie is all about the equality of girls, teenage angst, "my parents don't understand me", and unrequited love type references. This would be fine if the result tackled those ideas in anything like as effective a manner as Lucy Griffiths' superb portrayal of Marian in BBC's 2006 Robin Hood. But it does not. At the end of the film Prince John calls to Prince Philip "History will ignore you!" Robin Hood fans will no doubt feel the same about this film, but I concede that on the internet it does have its fans.

(Cast list in Comments box).

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4 Comments:

Blogger robin hood said...

Princess of Thieves (2001)

Basic cast:

Malcolm McDowell - Sheriff of Nottingham
Keira Knightley - Gwyn
Del Synnott - Froderick
Stuart Wilson - Robin of Locksley
Crispin Letts - Will Scarlett
Roger Ashton-Griffiths - Friar Tuck
Jonathan Hyde - Prince John
Adam Ryan - Conrad
Stephen Moyer - Prince Philip

7:10 PM  
Blogger kellywedlock said...

I watched several historical movies though "Prince of Thieves", "Bandit of Sherwood Forest" and "Rogues of Sherwood Forest" are most favorite. I want to see robin hood and it's simply great movie. Thanks events nottingham!

6:51 AM  
Blogger robin hood said...

kellywedlock

Have you actually seen Bandit of Sherwood Forest and Rogues of Sherwood Forest?

Thanks for the links. Wanna cut to the chase? Reciprocate links? Put a link to my blog on your Notts Events site, and I'll do the same on my homepage here.

I always reciprocate links, and certainly like to support Nottingham events. If I can't see a link back I delete links on my page.

best wishes

10:34 AM  
Blogger WoodsyLadyM said...

Princess of Thieves may not be all that, but Keira Knightley is the highlight of the movie. And no offense to Lucy Griffiths, who eventually grew into the role of Marian, but Keira runs rings around her as an actor.

11:23 PM  

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