Rob Roy

April 7th, 1995


Rob Roy

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In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future, by borrowing money from the local nobility to buy cattle to herd to market...

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.8/10 (20,221 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Stars: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future, by borrowing money from the local nobility to buy cattle to herd to market. When the money is stolen, Rob is forced into a Robin Hood lifestyle to defend his family and honour.

Liam Neeson - Robert Roy MacGregor
Jessica Lange - Mary MacGregor
John Hurt - Montrose
Tim Roth - Archibald Cunningham
Eric Stoltz - Alan MacDonald
Andrew Keir - Duke of Argyll
Brian Cox - Killearn
Brian McCardie - Alasdair McGregor
Gilbert Martin - Will Guthrie
Vicki Masson - Betty
Gilly Gilchrist - Iain
Jason Flemyng - Gregor
Ewan Stewart - Coll
David Hayman - Sibbald
Brian McArthur - Ranald McGregor

Taglines: Honor made him a man. Courage made him a hero. History made him a Legend


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 7 April 1995

Filming Locations: Caig Falls Bridge, Loch Arkaig, Highland, Scotland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $31,600,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Duke of Arygll was first offered to Sean Connery.

Anachronisms: The Gaelic song "Aileen Duin", sung at the fireside gathering when Rob Roy and his "clan" are celebrating the business deal with Montrose, was composed after 1788. Rob Roy died in 1734.

Mary MacGregor: Robert, there is more. I am carrying a child and I do not know who is the father."
Robert Roy MacGregor: Ach, Mary...
Mary MacGregor: I could not kill it, husband.
Robert Roy MacGregor: It's not the child that needs killing.

User Review

Thoroughly enjoyable, intelligently-made period action/drama

Rating: 10/10

From the excellent acting of an extremely impressive cast, to the intelligently written (and very quotable) script, from the lavish cinematography to the beautiful music score by Carter Burwell, Rob Roy offers a rarity in movie going experiences: one that is nigh impossible to find fault with in any area.

There have been several comparisons made with Braveheart, which came out the same year. With all due credit to Mel Gibson, Braveheart struck me as too much of a self-conscious and preachy epic to rival Rob Roy as the kind of movie I would care to see more than once. While Braveheart works hard to be a serious epic, Rob Roy just grabs you and absorbs you into its tightly edited storytelling. Not a single scene is wasted.

Rob Roy contains the perfect balance of dramatic tension, action and even occasional humor. The characters are well fleshed-out, perfectly conveying vernacular and mannerisms that anchor them in their authentic period setting.

Further, they are not caricatures of good and evil as we all too often observe in even modern film.

For example, while we hope the heroic Rob Roy prevails, we realize his predicaments are products of his own pride and sense of honor. Tim Roth plays one of the most hateful bad guys in the history of cinema, yet there are moments when we can understand how the events of his life have shaped him into becoming what he is. Rob Roy employs a level of character development that makes its story even more believable and gripping.

Rob Roy is a delightful treasure, featuring one of the greatest sword fights ever choreographed and a climatic ending worthy of all the tense anticipation.


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