Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday's Overlooked Movies: Rob Roy

(This post originally appeared in slightly different form on September 13, 2006, exactly 10 years ago. For me, it was an overlooked movie even then. As you can see, I wrote shorter movie posts back in those days.)

Somehow we missed this swashbuckler when it came out back in the Nineties. I've written so many historically-based, soap-opera-like novels that sometimes when I'm watching a movie like this, I get a definite feeling of "been there, wrote that". I liked it anyway. Good scenery, good photography, and some fine sword fights. Between the poor sound recording and the Scottish accents, we had to turn the captions on to keep up with the dialogue, though. (That was the start of us using the captions on almost everything.)


Anonymous said...

Some truly fine villains in this one, along with the best "broadsword vs rapier" sword duel on film.
Tim Roth's boneless collapse at its conclusion is convincing enough that my father, once a competitive fencer, wondered if he'd actually been wounded or knocked unconscious.

John Hocking

Keith West said...

I caught this one in the theater and really enjoyed it. A high water mark among historical action films.

Cap'n Bob said...

I saw the one from the fifties.