Robin Longstride (Russel Crowe) has been fighting for years in the Crusades with King Richards army. During the last siege just before returning to England, King Richard is killed with a crossbow bolt in the neck (first large surprise). His proper 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 assisting King Philip of France to take advantage of Englands weakness. He and a quantity 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 close friends who have left the army and are trying to find their own way property 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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