Robin Longstride (Russel Crowe) has been fighting for years in the Crusades with King Richards army. For the duration of the final siege ahead of returning to England, King Richard is killed with a crossbow bolt in the neck (initial huge surprise). His correct hand man Robert Locksley is tasked with bringing the crown back to London in order to have it presented to the subsequent king, Richards brother John. Johns boyhood pal and trusted companion Sir Godfrey turns out to be a traitor and is actively helping King Philip of France to take benefit of Englands weakness. He and a quantity of French soldiers ambush Robert Locksley and his escort ahead of they can leave France. He desires to capture the crown but is thwarted by Robin Longstride and his pals who have left the army and are attempting to find their own way house ahead of the army. They uncover the ambush and in turn surprise the French soldiers, killing most of them and wounding Godfrey who escapes.
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