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A Catholic “Robin Hood”? Take a look

I didn’t catch a glimpse of Friar Tuck, but Russell Crowe does make the sign of the cross at the conclusion of this very effective trailer for the upcoming epic. It appears to owe a lot to “Gladiator” (of course) and maybe even “Saving Private Ryan” (!). Check it out.

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The Star

posted December 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Yep.The website I posted if you search “Flyleaf” you can see how that band is christian.Most people did not know.

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Mary McKinley

posted December 16, 2009 at 2:28 am

Of course they were Catholics! What else could they have been in the 12th to 14th centuries in England?

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posted December 16, 2009 at 6:54 am

@Mary McKinley:
Perhaps what the Deacon was pointing out is that Robin Hood’s Catholicism isn’t necessarily a thing that Hollywood would make even the slightest nod to.

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted December 16, 2009 at 7:26 am

Yes. I just found it interesting that the two minute clip used in the trailer featured Russell Crowe making the sign of the cross.
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posted December 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I hope this film gives some semblance of the reality of the Middle Ages and not the usual anti-catholic tirade. Rodney Stark new book on the crusades is a good look at those times that gives an unbiased look at that world.

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Dana MacKenzie

posted December 17, 2009 at 12:39 am

I like Russell Crowe, but I DO wish he’d make a movie w/o Ridley Scott. This looks so MUCH like Gladiator.
I used to think Crowe would be a good guy to play Merton, if Hollywood could ever see its way to making a movie of his life…but he’s gotten old and I’m still waiting. Perhaps Christian Bale would be a good Merton.

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Eric F.

posted May 9, 2010 at 3:45 am

After hearing a nonsensical comment in Gladiator by the Gladiator’s ‘coach’ about ‘the great whore’ in reference to the city of ancient Rome, that is obviously a seriously ignorant notion of how many differing ethnicities saw things back then in the way that they did. Maybe if the scriptwriter’s did more praying rather than playing they could actually learn more from those books of the Bible they keep referring to as ‘Revelations.’ Babylon was a code word for Rome being a tremendous conquering power, being the Beast of the APOCALYPSE of Saint John the Divine. Sadly, in the original Judaic+Catholic+Christian sense, the unfaithful ‘whore’ was what became of what was once the wonderful Aaronic (Levitical) priesthood as they persecuted their own brothers and sisters who had chosen to believe Jesus the Christ was indeed the Son of God.
I wasn’t impressed either with the Kingdom of Heaven which had awesome set design and a good soundtrack, but once again, a +Catholic+Christian+ priest of Melchizedek, instead of humane respect, is shown to be some kind of ghoul stealing treasures from dearly departed people. I don’t know if Ridley Scott is Anglican or Catholic, but for God’s sake, I wish he would be less like John Milton and more like Dante Alighieri, regardless, may God continue to bless his charitable work.

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