Rob Roy

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MGM Released 1995

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Director:
Michael Caton-Jones
Released:
1995
Rating:
R

Rob Roy is the 1995 historical drama movie inspired by the life of legendary Scotland hero Robert Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson), his wife Mary (Jessica Lange) and his fight against fuedal landowners Killearn (Brian Cox) and his protege Achibald Cunninham (Tim Roth). When MacGregor arranges to borrow money from the Marquess of Montrose to finance his cattle business, he entrusts the money to his sub-chieftain Alan MacDonald. Montrose's property manager Killearn and Cunningham kill Alan, splitting the money, and leaving MacGregor owing Lord Montrose. Montrose sends Cunningham to hunt MacGregor down, and he burns down his farm, kills his livestock, and rapes his wife. When MacGregor captures Killearn to try to get a confession and clear his name, Mary asks to do the interrogation. When Killearn threatens to tell of her rape and that she might be pregnant, Mary stabs him. MacGregor has lost his proof, and must go back into hiding, but Cunningham is hot on his tail. When MacGregor learns of Mary's rape, he becomes even more determined to clear his name and seek justice in the classic tale of Rob Roy.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Rob Roy is best watched for local color and for its hearty, hot-blooded stars.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This handsome, not unappealing look at a Scottish legend of nearly 300 years ago is too solemn, wooden and dour for its own good, and feels oddly of another era.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Working with cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub, director Caton-Jones has givenRob Roy a beautiful wide-screen look, filled with gorgeous vistas. But this film is like a color ...

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