Robin Longstride (Russel Crowe) has been fighting for years in the Crusades with King Richards army. For the duration of the final siege before returning to England, King Richard is killed with a crossbow bolt in the neck (very first large surprise). His right 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 buddy 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 number of French soldiers ambush Robert Locksley and his escort before they can leave France. He wants to capture the crown but is thwarted by Robin Longstride and his buddies who have left the army and are trying to discover their own way home ahead of the army. They learn the ambush and in turn surprise the French soldiers, killing most of them and wounding Godfrey who escapes.
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