Cast and Crew: Michael Caton-Jones (Director); Alan Sharp (Writer); Andrew Keir, Jessica Lange, Eric Stoltz, Jason Flemyng, Shirley Henderson
What It’s About: Clan leader and cattle man Rob Roy (Liam Neeson) borrows money from Montrose (John Hurt) to buy cattle to drive and sell it in the South. When Montrose’s unctuous assistant Killearn (Brian Cox) conspires with Montrose’s top swordsman and hanger-on Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth) to steal the money, Roy finds himself in more trouble than he bargained for, and wages a private war with Montrose.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is Burns Day, the birthday of Scotland’s favorite son, poet Robert Burns, born today in 1759. While many celebrate Burns Day with a Burns Supper and reading of his poetry, here at the League we believe in celebrating everything with a movie. Rob Roy was a historical figure, a folk hero and outlaw in early 18th century Scotland, much celebrated even in his own day. 1995′s Rob Roy is the most recent film version of his story, and, what it lacks in historical accuracy, it makes up in a great cast giving great performances, beautiful Scottish locations, sumptuous costumes, and an excellent sword fight between Neeson and Roth.