Rob Roy (1995)

Dir. Michael Caton-jones / UK, USA / Action, Adventure, Biography / Colour / 139m

Scottish screenwriter Alan Sharp came home from Hollywood to pen this stylish ‘western in kilts’ adaptation of the swashbuckling novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Liam Neeson stars as the 18th century Scottish legend Robert Roy MacGregor, a cattle drover and proud head of a Highlands clan who takes a one thousand pound loan from the royal Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) in order to make a profit on some livestock that will keep his struggling people alive through the coming winter. One of the Marquis' henchmen, wily expert swordsman Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth) learns of the loan from the nobleman's factor, Killearn (Brian Cox), and steals the money by murdering Rob Roy's best friend MacDonald (Eric Stoltz).

Unable to repay the loan and unwilling to give up his land, Rob Roy becomes a fugitive, hunted by none other than Cunningham, who rapes Rob Roy's wife Mary (Jessica Lange).

Scottish-British politics come to a boil, leading to an officially sanctioned showdown between the stoic farmer and Cunningham.

‘Rob Roy’ wins the award for the most Scottish locations used in a film in our collection! Just about every iconic Highland landscape is utilised in this energetic film.

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