Things go badly wrong for Richard the Lionheart and his men during their return from crusade in the Holy Land. One of the King's soldiers who escapes with his life is archer Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), who adopts the persona of the recently slain Robin of Loxley in order to get back to the safety of England.
Back on home soil, Robin makes his way to the Loxley estate in order to hand back the dead man's sword. But he's not only greeted with gratitude, he's also unexpectedly invited to continue living his double life, including cohabiting with Loxley's widow, the strong, independent Marion (Cate Blanchett).
It may look as though he's landed on his feet, but there's a dark cloud on the horizon in the form of the slippery, villainous Sir Godfrey (Mark Strong) - who is simultaneously out to squeeze more taxes from the population to fund the playboy lifestyle of Prince John (Oscar Isaac), while also treacherously laying the ground for a second French invasion of Britain.
(2010) Cert: 12