October 06, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Rob Roy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
John Hurt, Jessica Lange, Liam Neeson, Eric Stoltz, Brian Cox, Tim Roth
director
Michael Caton-Jones
genre
Historical, Drama

This tartan epic offers something for everyone: men’s legs for the ladies, gore for the gents, and the tradition-bound sensibility responsible for such stereotypes in the first place. In fact, it so fulfills its mandate as an old-fashioned adventure that seeing it on the small screen barely mitigates its dashing character. There’s Neeson as heroic Robert Roy MacGregor, dueling with evil Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth). There’s passion between Rob Roy and his spitfire wife (Lange). And there’s an abundance of derring-do, righteous honor, and lush scenery. Consider Rob Roy a bedtime story about long-ago legend, peppered with here-and-now sex. B+

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