Rob Roy

Rob Roy

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Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Cast: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

     
 

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The 18th century Scottish legend of Robert Roy MacGregor comes to life in this stylish adaptation of the swashbuckling novel by Sir Walter Scott. Liam Neeson stars as the title character, a cattle drover and proud head of a Highlands clan who takes a one thousand pound loan from the royal Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) in order to make a profit on some livestock that

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The 18th century Scottish legend of Robert Roy MacGregor comes to life in this stylish adaptation of the swashbuckling novel by Sir Walter Scott. Liam Neeson stars as the title character, a cattle drover and proud head of a Highlands clan who takes a one thousand pound loan from the royal Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) in order to make a profit on some livestock that will keep his struggling people alive through the coming winter. One of the Marquis' henchmen, wily expert swordsman Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth) learns of the loan from the nobleman's factor, Killearn (Brian Cox), and steals the money by murdering Rob Roy's best friend MacDonald (Eric Stoltz). Unable to repay the loan and unwilling to give up his land, Rob Roy becomes a fugitive, hunted by none other than Cunningham, who rapes Rob Roy's wife Mary (Jessica Lange). Scotch-British politics come to a boil over the Rob Roy affair, leading to an officially sanctioned showdown between the stoic farmer and Cunningham.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There are a pair of superb performances at the heart of Rob Roy. Liam Neeson embodies Roy with a quiet, intense dignity. The character does not want to change the world; he simply wants to live his life. The early scenes showing the robust physical relationship between Roy and his wife, along with a warm sequence in which his clan plays music, cracks jokes, and dances by a bonfire, reveal a man that prefers domesticity to action. A great hero needs a great villain, and Tim Roth's Cunningham is the perfect foil for Roy. He is a man who loves action. He fights in duels, womanizes, and thinks nothing of murder if there is money for the taking. In his early scenes he plays Cunningham like a fop, making his violation of Roy's wife all the more frightening; the audience has no clue as to the depths of his wickedness. Roth's Oscar-nominated turn masterfully conveys Cunningham's two-faced nature throughout the film. The film's best scene is a duel between Roy and Cunningham. Truly one of the greatest sword fights in film history, the climactic struggle stands out from such films as The Princess Bride, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and other swashbuckling spectacles because it presents how physically exhausting a sword fight is. The swords in this film are weapons, not props. These men do not leap about with acrobatic flourishes; they fight as if their lives hang in the balance. Rob Roy is masterfully acted, well written, old-fashioned (in the best sense of the phrase) entertainment that was overshadowed in its initial release by another sweeping Scottish historical epic, Braveheart, a film that favors action over character.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/1996
UPC:
0027616522832
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Rob Roy MacGregor
Jessica Lange Mary
John Hurt Montrose
Tim Roth Cunningham
Eric Stoltz McDonald
Andrew Keir Duke of Argyll
Brian Cox Killearn
Gilbert Martin Guthrie
Vicki Masson Betty
Gilly Gilchrist Iain
Jason Flemyng Gregor
Ewan Stewart Coll
David Hayman Sibbald
Shirley Henderson Morag
John Murtagh Referee
Brian McCardie Alisdar MacGregor

Technical Credits
Michael Caton-Jones Director,Executive Producer
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Peter Broughan Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer,Songwriter
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Larry de Waay Co-producer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Susie Figgis Casting
Assheton Gorton Production Designer
William Hobbs Stunts
Peter Honess Editor
Richard Jackson Producer
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Ann Mollo Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
John Ralph Art Director
Alan Sharp Screenwriter
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Bill Westley Asst. Director

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Rob Roy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MimiOh More than 1 year ago
I love this period movie and continue to rewatch it even though it was released back in 1997. The action and adventure in it are great for those of us who enjoy the history of this time period. Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange had wonderful performances and portrayed their characters in a manner that makes you want more when the movie ends. You will not be disappointed if you give this movie a go!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is, in short, truly amazing. The talk of honor throughout the story makes you want to be an Irishmen yourself. Liam Neeson give yet another brilliant performance as Robert Roy MacGregor, an Irishmen whom places honor above everything else. Even through the trials and hardships brought upon him, he still stands strong with an aire of Irish pride. Great Movie, Highly Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely amazing, inspiring and great fun to watch! I loved because it kept me on the edge of my seat, and totally engrossed me in it! All the Actors and Actresses in it were spectacular! It showed how the Scottish Spirit survived to this day! It also showed how no matter the hardships inposed on him, Robert Roy MacGregor never forget that he was proud Scottish highlander, or the convictions and honor that he held as dear as his family! Not to mention Liam Neeson is good looking, and a great actor, he became that person! It was fun, yet dramamtic and sometimes funny and heartfelt! Great to watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a grand movie, but may I point out to the previous reviewer that Rob Roy was a SCOTSMAN, meaning that he was from SCOTLAND and, therefore, showing SCOTTISH pride?????
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rob Roy was indeed a Scotsman and is played wonderfully by Liam Neeson, who is actually an Irishman. This is a beautiful film and the sound track is marvelous! It's one of my all time favorite tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent period piece caputuring fuedal polictics and social standards and the consequences of there downfallings. The script is wonderfully adapted from the novel to present a movie that is not considered a "period piece" rather a true drama appealable to most all movie lovers.
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