This version of the classic Robin Hood adventure features a number of twists – which is not surprising considering it was made by the well-known horror flick producers Hammer Studios. Robin (Barrie Ingham) is depicted as a Norman and so too are his merry men, Little John (Leon Greene) and Will Scarlet (Douglas Mitchell). Maid Marian (Gay Hamilton) has a much smaller part than usual, but most of the other characters, such as Will Scarlett, Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham, make appearances.
Robin de Courtenay is a Norman nobleman wrongly accused by his cousin Roger (Peter Blythe) of killing his cousin Henry (Eric Woolfe). Our hero is forced to leave the castle and goes off to join a band of Saxon outcasts, who rename him Robin Hood, and the robbing of the rich to give to the poor commences.
A Challenge for Robin Hood is a very well made film with a strong cast, especially James Hayter as Friar Tuck. This classic version of the tale of the man from Sherwood Forest is a treat for his fans.
UK / Hammer / 96 minutes / 1967 Technicolor
Writer: Peter Bryan / Producer: Clifford Parkes / Music: Gary Hughes / Cinematography: Arthur Grant / Director: CM Pennington-Richards
Cast: Barrie Ingham, James Hayter, Leon Greene, Peter Blythe, John Arnatt, Gay Hamilton, William Squire, Eric Woolfe, Jenny Till, Douglas Mitchell