Director(s): Michael Caton-Jones
Available Quality: Hi Def
Country: USA, UK
Available Quality: DivX, DVD, iPod, Hi Def
IMDB Rating: 6.8 out of 10 (19621 votes)
In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future, by borrowing money from the local nobility to buy cattle to herd to market. When the money is stolen, Rob is forced into a Robin Hood lifestyle to defend his family and honour.
Joseph Harder (24 May 2013)
What can one say about a film that has one of the blackest, mostnihilistic, and occasionally most weirdly -I wont say 'sympathetic'..Iwillsay 'charismatic' villains in the history of the Cinema, and the best swordfight since Flynn and Fairbanks were in their heyday? This is an epic abouta stubborn, sometimes foolish, incredibly courageous and honest mans fightfor his honor and freedom against tyranny. I loved it. John Hurt and TimRoth were great villains. Jessica Lange was very moving, tender, andsensual.
(24 May 2013)
When I first heard of this movie I wasn't too excited about seeing, boy, was I in for a suprised. This movie has it all action, romance etc. If your girlfriend is always complaining about how you only watch action movies and she wants to watch a romance then this is the perfect combination for the two of you. My only complaint is that I wanted the bad guy (Tim Roth) to have a worse death. He did such a great job of making you hate him. I've never hated a villian more than this guy and that's a good thing. Liam Neeson also had a great performance.
Thomas HonorÃ© Nielsen (21 May 2013)
The movie is brillant and the acting is as well. Nothing more to add tothat.As for the acting, particularly Tim Roth is memorable as the stunningly evilArchibald "Fancypants" Cunningham. This is the role he does so well. Justtake a look at The Hit where he also starred next to John Hurt as aneo-nazi, trigger happy sidekick. Not unlike this Archibaldcharacter.Of course, the rest of the cast was simply perfect. The only problem I hadwith this movie, was slightly messy filming. It was, however, remediedsomewhat by the sheer beauty of the scenery.Not knowing much about Scottish history, I find it quite refreshing to know,that at least someone have a low-key, peace loving war hero.
mightyeye (21 May 2013)
This film inspired by Sir Walter Scott's fictional character weaves astory that portrays exaggerations of character and caricature. It wastoo predictable from the start and hardly worth the film it was made onor the time spent by its producers and staff, like Braveheartsentimental dribble.It is clear though that the landowners in the movie are of Scotchorigin, that the lifestyle, romanticised by the movie of these personsand the clansmen are sharply contrasted but portraying clan life in thecrofts as some kind of ideal lifestyle is too much. The eighteenthcentury events that form the background to the movie were indeedtraumatic for all concerned, the events were not simply those ofEnglish and Scottish nobles rivalry for power but also of the need forScottish nobles to distance themselves from barbarous clansmen.
(18 May 2013)
take that CitiBank... well for ol Rob he was given the special friends of Marquis discount of 20%, no wonder those folks were in continual poverty, would have enjoyed more history of the time than the slow steam of discontent for Archy n his ilk, like could ya hate a guy more, surprised he didn't shove bamboo up Rob's nails during his drag walk in gag n chains, what is with this sadism thing, enuff!!! we already hate him for raping the wife etc., soooo, the duels were kewl, Liam was marginal in some scenes, just too lumbering and accent unclear while others formidable and most handsome... he looks better in a German uniform imho, Jessica, never knew she could act that well, kudos cupcake! I never did take the time to watch this film due to the Braveheart comparison but am glad I did mostly for the absolutely stunning views of the Highlands, thank you for that, and that aspect pretty much sums up my recommend...
ctomvelu1 (18 May 2013)
Heavily romanticized account of a real life 18th century outlaw, Robert"Rob Roy" MacGregor (Neeson), here portrayed as a Scottish Robin Hood.MacGregor borrows money from his landowner (Hurt), only to have itstolen by the landowner's right hand man and a most dastardly villain(Roth). To add to injury to insult, the villain rapes Ferguson's wife(Lange) and torches his farm. Soon, Rob Roy is on the run and plottingrevenge. Long and talky, nevertheless this epic boasts lush photographyand locations, and the sets and costumes feel authentic enough. Brian"Hannibal Lecter" Cox has a meaty role as an uneasy bad guy. BesidesRobin Hood, the title character is highly reminiscent of movieantiheroes like Jesse James and Billy the Kid. At the time, Neeson maynot have seemed like the best choice to portray an action hero, but hedoes just fine. And what an action hero he has become in recent years!Who da thunk it?
(15 May 2013)
Although many people will just say that it was nothing but a ripoff of Braveheart, Rob Roy is an outstandingly acted, superbly thought out masterpiece. It's opening scen is one the most memorable and well acted scenes in the movie. And the dramatic fight scene at the end leaves all biting their fingernails and sitting on the edge of there chair.
(15 May 2013)
I love movies like this.If you liked Braveheart, you will truly enjoy this engaging film, despite the historical and chronological differences. Liam Neeson plays Rob Roy, a simple Scotsman looking to make a living with his family in the Highlands of Scotland. During the course of events, the actions of some dishonorable people force Rob into action to save the livlihood of his family and his clan. This, quite simply, is a very great film. I bought it, wathced it, then watched it again the next day. Worth having in ANY dvd collection.
SteveThomp (09 May 2013)
The scenery is lush, the music is ambient, the costumes are voluminous andflowing ... aah, it's another period drama, replete with heros and villains,double-crossing and ultimate revenge. This time the central narrative is RobRoy, the historical figure made famous by Sir Walter Scott, but fear not,Hollywood has just 'borrowed' the character for a little while - there islittle resemblence to Scott's epic text. The title role seems custom-madefor Liam Neeson, who specialises in towering Celtic-type heros with softvoices and big noses. In this film he is airbrushed so thickly by thewriters that he seems almost saintly; even when he discovers that his wifewas raped in his absence, good old Mr Roy doesn't miss an emotional beat.What a guy.Actually, Rob Roy is quite a good film for its genre. Like most others itoffers simplistic characterisations: Neeson, his wife and allies are pureand honorable beyond doubt, while the prissy-faced Tim Roth and theeasily-misled John Hurt are perfidious and morally bankrupt (once again theBritish make an easy target for Hollywood). Yet the 'evil' committed by Hurtstems from stubbornness and bias rather than malice; Roth becomes the film'strue figure of derision, and plays the role with so much corny sneering thathe eventually resembles a melodrama villain. The storyline proceedsdynamically and expectantly to a confrontation between Roth and Neeson, andit duly comes (and the end is duly predictable ... oh well.)Rob Roy will appeal to a wide audience because it is pretty to watch,exciting at times, and relatively inoffensive. It lacks the macho nastinessof Braveheart, but atones for this in other ways.
tomodell (09 May 2013)
This sweeping drama has it all: top notch acting, incrediblephotography, good story. It is often compared to "Braveheart" becauseboth movies take place in historical Scotland. Even though I loveBraveheart, I think this is the better of the two films. Jessica Langegave an incredible performance (should have been nominated for anOscar). Liam Neeson is fantastic in the title role. Tim Roth plays oneof the most evil, despicable, characters in film history (he wasnominated for an Oscar). John Hurt is excellent as Lord Montrose,another dislikeable character. I am always amazed at the incrediblerange of characters that John Hurt can play. This is a story of adispute over money between Rob Roy and his clan, and Lord Montrose. RobRoy is a self made man, who will not solve his problems with Montroseif it violates his sense of honor. Montrose, who, inherited his title,has no sense of honor. And that is basically what this story is allabout; honor of the common man versus corruption of the nobility. Thismovie is very entertaining, it should appeal to all. It has romance,action, beautiful scenery, and has a exciting plot. One of my favoritefilms.
Joshua (08 May 2013)
This is a great story with great acting, especially by the indispensible Tim Roth as the evil Archie Cunningham. This movie demonstrates how when you detest and revile the bad guy in the movie, the climax can be that much more powerful. The sword fight at the end leaves you breathless and its conclusion makes you wince, then cheer out loud. Overshadowed by Braveheart when it came out, it stands as being as moving, and fun an adventure without being nearly as depressing.
nama chakravorty (07 May 2013)
As a Cinematic Experience, 'Rob Roy' is decent, but if you're clearlylooking to see some fine acting, 'Rob Roy', just might do the trick.This 1995 Historical Drama has Liam Neeson & Tim Roth deliveringperformances that are so sharp & effective, that, they even manage tothe hold the film, when it falters.Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, 'Rob Roy' stars Neeson as Robert RoyMacGregor, the famous Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18thcentury, who battled with feudal landowners in the Scottish Highlands.Robert Roy MacGregor's Journey On-Screen, is decent in parts. TheWriting Material is slow and slightly deary in the first-hour, butpicks up the second-hour and reaches to a memorable culmination.Michael Caton-Jones's direction is satisfactory. Cinematography by KarlWalter Lindenlaub is stunning. Editing is fair.Performance-Wise: As told, Neeson & Roth rule the show with their sharp& effective performances. Neeson gets into the skin of the character,and plays a robin-hood of his time perfectly. Roth, on the other-hand,plays the bad guy, most effectively. Jessica Lange is adequate. JohnHurt & Brian Cox are fairly good.On the whole, A Must See for Neeson & Roth Fans!
Andrew DiMonte (07 May 2013)
..."Rob Roy" stars the over-dramatic Liam Neeson as Robert Roy McGregor, aninnocent Scot who gets mixed up with the Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) andhis evil henchmen Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth) and Killearn (Brian Cox). Chaos ensues and McGregor develops a personal vendetta against Cunningham. This leads to various battles, rapes, and drawn-out conversations abouthonor.I guess I'm being too hard, maybe I expected too much, this being one of myfavorite actors' Oscar-nominated performances. Speaking of which, Roth doesquite well at making you both hate and feel sorry for him, like similarvillains (most similar being Jaquin Phoenix from Gladiator). Still, Rothdid a lot better in Reservoir Dogs, making me wish he received a morefitting award for the role of Mr. Orange.And what's with all these reviews shouting about how its such a great actionmovie? Did I fall asleep during a portion of the film, because the onlyaction I remember was the climactic battle between McGregor and Cunningham. I'm not saying it was a bad swordfight - it was actually quite well done -but "Rob Roy" is hardly an action movie.Luckily Roth and Brian Cox's performances and the astounding choreographysave it, 7/10.
len tinman (06 May 2013)
This is a very well crafted movie. If you like period pieces, you will likethis film. If you love period pieces, you will love this film. There isnothing wrong with it.My rating system is based upon a movie with no significant flaws as a 9.What makes it a 10 is an intangible. However, as I am not particularly fondof period pieces - unlike every woman I know (swords, horses, knights,etc.), I have to downgrade it from a 9 to an 8.My girlfriend asked me after it was over if I didn't think it was one of themost romantic movies ever made. I thought (but spoke anyway) that I didn'teven think of it as a romance at all. "You've Got Mail or Roxanne or PrettyWoman or When Harry Met Sally are romances - not this one." After quite abit of discussion, we realized the reason why I felt that way was becausethere was no courting as they were already MARRIED. Hum. "So, the minute weget married, the romance ends, huh?" ..... Might need to be looking for anew girlfriend soon.
(02 May 2013)
This review is from: Rob Roy (DVD) Rob Roy, based loosely on the real life Highlander Rob Roy Macgregor, had the bad mistake of Hollywood timing. There must be a lot spy vs spy in Hollywood, industrial secrets being passed around for a price! Ever notice how if one movie company does some genre, then suddenly they all are? Well, someone whispered Mel as doing in man in a skirt drama (Kilt to you Sasunnach!) and suddenly they rushes to do another. With Rob Roy coming out at the same time, it hurt by comparison. Braveheart was a powerhouse tale of one man's fight for Scottish Freedom. Off the bat, you have a difference. Rob Roy was the story of one man's personal fight against wrongs done to him and his family. So the personal tale automatically feels "smaller". Not big battle scenes for Rob Roy. No King for an enemy, just a Scottish Noble, John Graham, Marquis of Montrose (brilliantly played by John Hurt, Ian McShane old RADA roommate!).Still, despite the automatic comparisons between the two films (both with problems of historical inaccuracies), Rob Roy should be given a stronger look. The acting is without fault. Neeson as Rob is great (who da thunk an Irisher could do such a good Scot!). Eric Stolz, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth (so utterly despicable!) Andrew Keir (5 Million Years to Earth) and Brian Cox (the first Hannibal Lector in Manhunter, a REAL Scot mind you! He did double duty by playing Mel's Uncle in Bravenheart), gives performances that are flawless. The Highland's are filmed in breathtaking beauty, the writing is gritty, sharp with a good idea for detail. Frankly, any film that has Liam "Calling down the Gregor" commends itself to my Scot heart!
David R. Cross (01 May 2013)
When Braveheart first came out, I was enthralled, and was admittedlyone of the most rabid fans of the film. When Rob Roy came out, I wasintrigued, and although I enjoyed the film I did not think it was agreat film. However, as time has gone by, my appreciation for Rob Royhas grown, and my enthusiasm for Braveheart has diminished. Braveheartis great entertainment, to be sure, but there are flaws as well. Themost significant, in my view, is the unflattering portrayal of Robertthe Bruce, who was without a doubt Scotland's greatest king. Another isthe historical inaccuracy of the film, which tarnishes the film inproportion to the many historical distortions. I think I am alsobothered by the fact that it was in this film, seen only (at least byme) in retrospect, that the beginnings of Mel Gibson's egomania can beseen clearly for the first time. In contrast, Rob Roy has grown on meover the years. Partly because it largely avoids the faults I mind mostin Braveheart. But also because Rob Roy is like fine wine, growing moremature and complex with each viewing.
(27 April 2013)
An intelligently balanced film, Rob Roy has something for everyone: a heartfelt love story, great period visuals, the most riveting swordfights you've ever seen, charismatic actors, a villain you love to hate ... I could go on and on, but you get the picture. In my opinion, Rob Roy is the thinking person's Braveheart, indeed it clearly surpasses Braveheart, notwithstanding the latter's marketing hype.
(26 April 2013)
This review is from: Rob Roy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) One of the most underated movies of the 90's. This edition makes the Scotland countryside come to life and puts you back in the 16th Century. Great film at a great price.
(25 April 2013)
This review is from: Rob Roy (DVD) Rob Roy is a movie with a few focused characters. You won't find grand battles like in Braveheart here, but they both do take place in Scottland. Robert Roy MacGregor is the hero in this film played by Liam Neeson. Mary Gregor is his wife played by Jessica Lange. He's the leader of his small town and well respected. He see's his people not too well off. So he has a plan of borrowing money from a noble named Montrose. Rob wants to buy cattle for herding and uses some land as calleteral. Montrose agrees and is happy to get a profit for himself whether Rob honors his agreement or fails he wins.Archibald Cunningham played by Tim Roth not only gets in Rob's way of fullfilling his quest to help his town, but destroys many other lives along the way. He's sent by his mother from England to work for Montrose. Another villian more dealing in the shadows than Archibald is Killearn also working for Montrose. Killearn learns of Rob's deal with Montrose and has criminal plans for the borrowed money. Killearn let's Archibald in on the deal. Rob is forced to turn fugitive after the money is lost which Rob has no real evidence to show him who did it.This story is really about showing you how far Rob Roy will go to to protect his people, his family, and his honor. These are not easy things to balance in for him as Archibald and Killearn go after everything he holds of value to him. His wife Mary is really his support when he breaks down a few times through so much going on. She keeps him going on and talks through with him when he can't figure out what to do. Even his honor which his puts above alot of things she admires, but is concerned that it could get him killed.Archibald is one of the top villians that I like. You really can't help but just hate him. His action are only for his own business and pleasure. Whatever happens to anyone that he hurts for that is nothing to him. He's Rob's arch villian in this whole movie. As the movie goes on they come closer and closer to destroying eachother. The last confrontation leads to a great duel. And very different sword skills from both. There are some brief sword and gun battles in here, but this is really a drama. The dialogue and the characters really do make this movie wonderful.
Ken Vandenbussche (25 April 2013)
Comparable to "Braveheart" because of the Scottish environment in which ittook place, "Rob Roy" was released in the same year (1995). Somehow"Braveheart" got all the attention while this film here was hardlymentioned. I couldn't even remember if it had been in the cinema or not. Although "Braveheart" IS somewhat better, it's still quite unfair how thisfilm was misjudged by many."Rob Roy" is a beautiful film about honour and courage. The scenery forexample is absolutely eye-catching and by far more beautiful than it waswith "Braveheart." The story was okay even if it was a little predictablenow and then. The acting performances are quite outstanding. Jessica Langeproves (again) to be one of the best actresses of her time. Liam Neeson onthe other hand is as 'Scottish' as Mel Gibson was. And, as for John Hurtand Tim Roth: they're very good as the 'bad guys'.Still, I like "Braveheart" better than "Rob Roy." Most likely, because MelGibson's epic had some very impressive battle scenes and this is, I believe,the one thing that's missing from "Rob Roy". Nevertheless, this film hasits own remarkable scenes; such as the great duel at the end of the film forexample. All things considered "Rob Roy" is a very good film that WILL keepyou attached to the screen for the whole time being.
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