Pros: Superb acting with an excellent cast that play out a very captivating story...scenery & score
Rob Roy: Honor is something that a man gives himself.
Rob Roy (1995)
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Writing credits Alan Sharp
Liam Neeson as Robert Roy MacGregor
Jessica Lange as Mary MacGregor
John Hurt as Marquis of Montrose
Tim Roth as Archibald Cunningham
Rob Roy is about a Scottish highlander during the 1700s. He was the head of the MacGregor clan which were allied with several other clans in their region. Everything was peaceful and life was pretty good for the clans. Rob Roy had decided to barrow 1000 pounds from the local English, magistrate, Marquis of Montrose. The clansmen would buy cattle and raise and sell them for a large profit.
The Marquis of Montrose agreed to loan them the money. Rob Roy had left the meeting early but left one of his trusted clansmen in his stead in order to bring get the signed note.
Then a couple of the Magistrates men had come up with a plan to steal the 1000 pounds. They would give the currier coin instead of a note. Then they would simply ambush him while he returned home to the highlands. The plan went as they planned, the highlander was slain and the 1000 in coin was stolen.
Rob Roy knew the man was trustworthy and suspected something was wrong. The problem was that the Marquis of Montrose was not interested in any justice at all. He just wanted his money back with interest of course. Now things get very busy. Rob is able to fight his way out of the Englishmans estate and retreat to the highlands.
The Marquis of Montrose was not aware of the assassination and thievery that had taken place. He was furious and wanted Rob Roy MacGregor to pay with his life. Furthermore he would take any lands that the MacGregor clan owned. He sent his most brutal and unscrupulous man to bring Rob in for a hanging at the English toll booth. The man sent to do the job was Archibald Cunningham. Cunningham was as ruthless and brutal to say the least. To make matters worse for Rob, Cunningham was a master with a sword and rifle.
The highlanders had been hiding in the hills waiting for the English to come up there and fight. They had left their families at home believing that the English would do them no harm. They were so very wrong. The homes were burnt, livestock killed and women raped. Archibald Cunningham made it a point to take care of Rob Roys wife himself.
Needless to say Rob doesn't take it very well. He eventually finds Cunningham and their is a dual to the death. Rob Roy is nowhere near the swordsman that the Englishman Cunningham is. The ending was interesting and is not predictable.
What a splendid movie. The entire cast did an outstanding job. Especially noteworthy was Tim Roths performance. He plays the part so well that he was nominated for several awards for best supporting actor. His performance as a villain was right up there with Bruce Dern while playing the crooked cowboy that kills John Wayne in, John Wayne and the Cowboys.
The directing and cinematography were well done. The film had a nice even flow to it. There is just enough action scenes during the movie, not too many. The scenery was awesome! The Scottish highlands are really stunning and beautiful. I'd sure like to go have a look at them in person someday. The performances of Liam Neeson as well as Jessica Lange were also praiseworthy. Acting and directing of this caliber are far and few between. I would recommend Rob Roy to nearly anyone who enjoys movies. Its a very intelligent movie and not over done with too many action scenes. The film has a good mixture of romance drama, action and spectacular scenery. Rob Roy is a welcome addition to my collection.
Quote From Rob Roy
Mary: Robert, there is more. I am with child... and I do not know who the father is.
Rob Roy: Ach, Mary...
Mary: I could not kill it, husband.
Rob Roy: It's not the child that needs killing.
RUNTIME 2 hours 19 minutes
Thank for the read,
?2004 Joe McMaster