Geography and Robin Hood

The Kevin Costner Robin Hood and the Prince of Thieves had a famous Geography failure. The titular hero lands at Dover and travels the 200 miles to Nottingham in a single day, a feat made even more impressive by shots of him walking along part of Hadrian’s Wall mid journey. The wall being another 200 miles beyond Nottingham.

Last night we watched the Russell Crowe Robin Hood from 2010. It tells the story in a very different way. The climax of the film involves King John and Robin Hood fighting a French invasion. A line of dialog tells us that the French are landing at Dungeness. Dungeness is a massive expanse of shingle and it is flat, very flat. In the film, the French land on a beach with a cliff behind it. The geography could only look less like Dungeness if the filmmakers had used Norwegian Fjords. The shots look more like the coast around Dover, a spot closer to France than Dungeness, so I am left wondering why name check a spot and then shoot somewhere so obviously not the named location.

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