I promise no spoilers, but here are a few teasers. It’s in the highlands of Scotland. And it’s in the early 1700’s. And there are bonnets and tartans everywhere. And the hero is splendid–a hero with just grievances and personal flaws to face.
And he has a beard.
And–unbelievably–he could almost–almost–(almost so nearly it hardly matters)–be Captain Bryant. Who’d have thought it???!!! :-)
We first saw Richard Todd in The Adventures of Robin Hood (which is little known but quite good) and I–rather obviously–really like his rendition of Rob Roy MacGregor.
Some other familiar faces are: Glynis Johns (Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins), James Robertson Justice (Little John in the Richard Todd Adventures of Robin Hood), and Archie Duncan (Little John in the b/w Robin Hood tv series with Richard Greene). (And yes, I did get all those Richard’s and Robin’s and Little John’s straight. ;-))
The acting was very good and as far as content, I would say it fits into the same class as, for instance, Swiss Family Robinson. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for younger children, though, as the intensity is a little different than SFR and the warfare is ongoing throughout the entire film with quite a few hand-to-hand fighting shots.
Of the ending, I can think of about five words in summary–any one of which has gunpowder potential to give it away. But I do want to give you an idea, so here they are (you can tell me how they sound): honor…humility…trust…sacrifice…and headship. I won’t tell any more, but suffice to say, it’s good–really, really, really good. Shall I squeal??? :-)
(Oh, and a quick note. It's quite distinct from Sir Walter Scott’s tale of the same name which is an entirely different story. :-))