Manly Movies – Rob Roy
Rob Roy (1995)
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Writer: Alan Sharp
Stars: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz, Brian Cox
In 1713 Scotland, Robert Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and facing charges of being a Jacobite.
Could have benefited from a bit more run time, to get deeper into the characters and drama, but still good. At the heart of the film is honor, both a man’s and a woman’s. It’s also one of the few movies that talks about honor that isn’t a samurai film, or set in the 1950s. It did suffer from coming out after Braveheart, but it isn’t a copy of that film as many believed.
It’s also one of the rare films where the leading lady and love interest of the lead actor is actually older. Lange was 46 when this was released, where Neeson was 43.