Princess Of Thieves

Princess Of Thieves

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Director: Peter Hewitt

Cast: Keira Knightley, Stephen Moyer, Del Synnott

     
 

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Peter Hewitt's distaff take on the Robin Hood tale comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by

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Peter Hewitt's distaff take on the Robin Hood tale comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, and a making-of featurette. This is a solid release from Disney/Buena Vista.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A caped figure rides through the village stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. "Robin Hood," a young villager whispers. Close: It's Gwyn, Robin Hood's impetuous and headstrong daughter, a veritable she-wolf of Sherwood. Gwyn (Keira Knightley), who has her mother's looks and her absentee father's swashbuckling prowess, wants more out of life than "plucking chickens and mending socks." Defying Dad, she pulls a Yentl, cutting her hair to pass as a boy and setting out to assist Hood père in rescuing Prince Philip from the scheming Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Malcolm McDowall). When Robin is captured and thrown into the Tower of London, Gwyn rallies his Merry Men to rescue him. This made-for-TV adventure is entertaining and family-friendly: There are a handful of deaths by arrows, and the evil Prince's rack is deployed, off-screen. Spirited and fast moving, it gives kids not quite ready for Buffy a female action hero to cheer for.
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As a family-themed retelling of the Robin Hood story, Princess of Thieves is light and entertaining. Keira Knightley is charming as the feminine yet athletic Gwyn, daughter of Robin Hood -- beautiful in a dress, but equally at home in "men's" clothing, riding a horse, and firing arrows with dead-on precision. Pre-Bend it Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean, Knightley was a relative unknown, but she still delivers an assured star performance as Gwyn. As far as the rest of the cast, Stuart Wilson is a bit disappointing as Robin O'Locksley, who it seems, has become somewhat of an absent father, more concerned with the Crusades than caring for his child (it is explained that Maid Marian has previously passed away). His character does not seem to exude the heroic aura usually associated with the Robin Hood myth. Malcolm McDowell is acceptably sinister as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham -- his visage alone would probably be enough to portray most villains -- but he seems to be walking through the part a bit. Del Synnott is likeable as Gwyn's bumbling best friend and admirer, while Stephen Moyer is suitably charming as the reluctant heir to the throne of England and more handsome suitor for Gwyn. Probably due to its budget and small scale, Princess of Thieves fails to deliver a thoroughly enchanting and engaging story, but it is entertaining and certain to inspire the imaginations of many young girls, its assumed target audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
UPC:
0786936211092
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
14,662

Special Features

"Princess of Thieves: The Adventure Behind the Adventure"; Audio commentary with director Peter Hewitt; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Full-screen (1.33:1); French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keira Knightley Gwyn
Stephen Moyer Prince Philip
Del Synnott Froderick
Malcolm McDowell Sheriff of Nottingham
Stuart Wilson Robin O'Locksley
Jonathan Hyde Prince John
David Barrass Cardaggian
Crispin Letts Will Scarlett
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Friar Tuck

Technical Credits
Peter Hewitt Director
Andy Collins Cinematographer
Jon Cowan Executive Producer
Susan B. Landau Executive Producer
Bill Leather Producer
Robin Lerner Screenwriter
Cristian Niculescu Art Director
Chris Roope Production Designer
Antony Root Executive Producer
Robert Rovner Executive Producer
Michael Taylor Executive Producer
Michael Taylor Executive Producer
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Sue Wyatt Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles/A Tale Kept Secret [3:44]
2. White Birds [4:31]
3. A Test of Loyalty [3:00]
4. No Place for a Girl [2:59]
5. Prince Philip [3:35]
6. Not Among Friends [4:33]
7. Wish for a Thief, You'll Get One [6:41]
8. Her Dearest Friend [4:50]
9. "We've Got Our Prize" [2:18]
10. Loyal Companions [2:58]
11. Where's Philip? [2:36]
12. Robin O'Locksley [2:45]
13. Archery Tournament [7:13]
14. The Sheriff's Banquet [1:40]
15. Hostage [2:28]
16. Escape [5:01]
17. Breakfast in the Back Room [1:31]
18. Prince Philip Is Alive! [1:29]
19. True Identity [5:10]
20. Betrayal [3:23]
21. Justice [6:39]
22. Prince John's Coronation [2:17]
23. From This Day Forward [5:13]
24. End Credits [:48]

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Princess Of Thieves 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
These actors where great we need to see more of them on film; they seem really under-rated I loved keira knightly and definitely stephen moyer the camera just loves them. Can we see more of them in your movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great acting and wonderful women empowering story. Sounds stupid but is good--great. I had to watch it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kiera Knightley is such a fabulous actress. I really love her acting and was ecstatic when they came out with Pirates of the Caribbean:Curse of the Black Pearl. Someone actually let her come forward and show what she has. I hope we will be seeing a lot of her in the future. She definately has what it takes to become a star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good movie. I loved how she rebelled against her father to fallow what she wanted to do. Risking her life to free her dad, she has corage. Swishing swords and flying arrows show the excitement throughout the video. Great job!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie. It had a certain charm to it that you could not forget easily. The story does not have too many conflicts which is good. Keira Knightley is a wonderful actress. Hopefully she'll become an even bigger star than she already is. I think that the movie was perfect. Even the ending which could be debated upon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good movie! Keira Knightley made a fantastic performance in this film!