Sword of Sherwood Forest

Sword of Sherwood Forest
Directed by Terence Fisher
Written by Alan Hackney
Starring Richard Greene
Sarah Branch
Peter Cushing
Music by Alun Hoddinott
Cinematography Ken Hodges
Edited by Lee Doig
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
26 December 1960
Running time
80 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office 1,229,879 admissions (France)[1]

Sword of Sherwood Forest is a 1960 British Technicolor adventure film in MegaScope directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions. Richard Greene reprises the role of Robin Hood, which he played in The Adventures of Robin Hood on TV from 1955 to 1959.

Plot Summary

The Sheriff of Nottingham (Peter Cushing) plans to confiscate the estate of the Lord of Bortrey, a nobleman who has died on Crusade. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Hubert Walter (Jack Gwillim), speaks against this plan and the sheriff plots to eliminate him. Robin Hood is asked to undertake the assassination of the Archbishop for the plotters, led by the Earl of Newark (Richard Pasco) and Lord Melton (Oliver Reed), but on realising who the intended target is, resolves to help the Archbishop instead.

Maid Marian (Sarah Branch) also wants to meet the Archbishop so she can grant freedom to the family of a man murdered by the Sheriff's men, and she is also keen to meet Robin again who she met when she thought he was a common outlaw, but now realises he is on the side of good.

Main Cast

Cast Notes


The film earned generally favourably reviews and became a sleeper hit.

Sword of Sherwood Forest currently holds a three star rating (6.4/10) on IMDb.


Its music was composed by Alun Hoddinott.


While most Hammer films of that period were filmed at the company's permanent home at Bray Studios, Sword of Sherwood Forest was made at Ardmore Studios in Bray, County Wicklow, in Ireland.


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