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Inspired by historical fact and larger-than-life legend, the intelligently scripted story takes place in Scotland in 1713, when Highland farmer and clan leader Rob Roy MacGregor is forced to borrow money from the duplicitous aristocrat Marquis of Montrose to help his clan survive a harsh winter. When Montrose's vile henchman schemes to dishonor MacGregor and his wife and take the money for himself, the rugged Highlander must take courageous action to preserve his integrity. What follows--along with some of the finest sword-fighting ever filmed--is a tale of courage and valor destined to become an enduring movie classic.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 43
- Fresh: 31
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Rob Roy is best watched for local color and for its hearty, hot-blooded stars.
Rotten: You always know where it's going even as it meanders for two and a half hours getting there.
Fresh: If you're in a forgiving, campy frame of mind (which I must have been the night I saw this), there's cheap pleasure to be gained from the experience.
Fresh: Strange. I thought I had seen enough sword fights in movies to last a lifetime, but I was wrong.
Entertainment With Substance
Rob Roy is an equal mix of action, romance and political intrigue. This movie should come highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed Braveheart. Rob Roy has one of the most interesting casts of characters in a historical epic. Rob Roy is different from many movies of this genre, in that his victories don't come easily. You'll get to watch Liam Neeson take a beating and continue to stand up for more. The hero who really risks death is much more entertaining to me than the one who seems invincible. The villains of the movie don't come any more dispicable than here. While at times, Rob Roy's archrival borders on moustach-twirling comic book villainy (for lack of a better term), Tim Roth manages to pull it off and makes the character believable. When the movie comes to a climax, you'll feel invested in both characters and should care who wins. The movie climax, by the way, is one of the greatest scenes in any movie I've ever seen, but I can't say any more than that. The music is farly standard Scottish fare, but it's fitting and beautiful, almost haunting. The same could be said for the movie's lavish scenery. All in all, I can't recommend the movie enough.
This film has all the basic requirements for a first-rate drama: good actors, solid character development, and a well-written and executed script. I cared about the characters and this held my interest throughout the movie. The villains were perhaps the best part of the movie. Maybe a little overacted by Lange and the score wore a bit thin. However, overall, this is a good flick.
A story of legend brought to life
Here is a movie that was made at the same time as Braveheart and for the most part was over shadowed. Which is better? It does not matter they are both really good films. I really enjoyed Rob Roy because of his honor and courage. He did what needed to be done in a time when most people took the easy path. Rob Roy is worth watching at least 10 times and each time I have watched it I have seen different things and been left amazed at the wonderful work that was done here.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1995
- © 1995 United Artists Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.