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Rob Roy (1995)

by  |  January 18th, 2011  |  Action/Adventure  |  1 Comment

An existential action flick about Scottish guys in kilts going on about honor during the middle ages? Really?

You bet.

It wouldn’t get the attention that Braveheart did a year later, but for my money, Rob Roy (1995) is as good, if not better.

While a smaller film in terms of scope (there are no battles featuring hundreds of extras dying in spectacular fashion, either real or via computer) and theme, Rob Roy delivers in spades what most movies only hope for … it takes one to another world with its own laws, expectations and severe cost of matters outstanding.

The cast is uniformly excellent … with Liam Neeson as Rob Roy, Jessica Lange as his wife, Eric Stoltz, John Hurt and Brian Cox in supporting roles … it also features an Oscar-nominated performance by Tim Roth as the villain, so memorable he nearly steals the whole movie. He plays a fey yet deadly aristocrat.

Once his lordship sets Roth upon Neeson, it gets even uglier … suffice to say, Roy has more reasons than most to avenge himself on Roth, or “matters outstanding,” in Roy’s words.

It ends with the most spectacular sword fight, one I appreciate because it shows the fighters actually getting tired (and let’s face it, swinging a broad sword, even for the most athletic of persons, it’s gonna tire a motherfucker out at some point) and two fighters who have real reason to kill one another.

If you haven’t seen it, PLEASE rent the movie and watch the whole thing … If you’ve already seen the film and want to relive the awesomeness of the ending, watch it here…

And here’s the Trailer:


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Josh James is a screenwriter and playwright currently based in New York City, author of the original screenplays A Black Heart (Bunce Media & Captivate Entertainment) A Natural High (Videe This Inc) and The Jones Party (Barking Dog Productions). Josh also adapted Peter Biskind’s book Down & Dirty Pictures into a screenplay, wrote the thriller Block Island for Adler Gray Productions and a production polish on LLeju’s Road Kill, directed by John Stockwell. He is the author of many plays that have been produced all over New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, London and all across the United States.

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