The Adventures of Robin Hood

1938 PG 1h 42m Blu-ray / DVD

The Adventures of Robin Hood

1938 PG 1h 42m Blu-ray / DVD
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Errol Flynn stars as swashbuckling hero Robin Hood in this Oscar-nominated classic. When the greedy Prince John (Claude Rains) seizes the throne and raises taxes on the peasants, Robin assembles his band of Merry Men to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Along the way, he woos the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) and faces off against the dastardly Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone). Patric Knowles and Alan Hale co-star.
Blu-ray DVD
Full Screen 1.37:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 movie starring Errol Flynn as the legendary medieval hero who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Though there's little sexuality and no foul language, there's a lot of old-fashioned violence. Although there's no blood, lots of characters are hanged, skewered with swords and arrows, and generally attacked. Overall, this is a classic and as fine a representation as any "swashbuckling" Errol Flynn movie.

Sexual Content

Robin kisses Marion's hand, and the couple kisses three times.


A lot of sword fighting, ambushes, and people who die from hanging, arrows to the heart, and stabs, but it's all bloodless and not realistic-looking. Robin talks about countrymen being tortured, with ears being cut off, eyes burned with hot irons, the "mistreatment of women," and other gruesome attacks. Robin is captured and beaten, falls down a staircase, is threatened with hanging. There's talk of assassination. One main character is stabbed and killed.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Lead characters fight against tyranny, corruption, and the oppression of the poor.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Prince John and his friends drink wine. Wine drinking at feasts and festivals; no one acts drunk.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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