The Pitch

So much like Robin Hood that they hired the same actor to play the villain. But, you know, funny. (1 hr 41 min)

Age Recommendations

Watch With the Kids: 5+ Common Sense Media: 6+ Ty Burr: 5+

Content Advisories

Poisoning and sword-fighting are played for laughs. A cart full of “wenches” are rounded up for the king’s entertainment. The non-sexual use of “make love.” As part of a sight gag someone appears to lose his head. A performing troupe of little people (“Hermine’s Midgets”) plays a featured role in the comedy-action finale.

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