The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

The Last of Robin Hood (2013)
  • Time: 94 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline


The Last of Robin Hood is the true story of Beverly Aadland, a teen starlet who became the last girlfriend of legendary swashbuckler Errol Flynn. In 1957, Beverly was working at Warner Brothers studios with a fake birth certificate saying she was 18 — she was in fact, only 15 — when she encountered the former matinĂ©e idol. After a bumpy start, the two undertook a relationship that was ultimately embraced by Beverly’s Hollywood mother Florence, who became a willing third wheel. The affair took them from L.A. to New York to Africa, then to Cuba where Flynn pitched in with the rebels to make a pro-Castro propaganda movie starring Beverly. It all came crashing to an end in Vancouver, however, when Flynn died in Beverly’s arms, causing an avalanche of publicity; Florence finally achieved the attention she sought in the form of tabloid notoriety but the chaos drove Beverly to the edge of sanity. The Last of Robin Hood is a poignant yet darkly comic coming-of-age tale about the desire for fame and the price it exacts.

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  • By the time Errol Flynn met Beverly Aadland in 1957, his glory days as he swashbuckling Robin Hood were well behind him. He was still famous though his star had been somewhat dimmed by a 1942 scandal wherein he was accused of statutory rape by two underage girls. He was acquitted but the wall-to-wall coverage took the luster off his romantic leading man image. He was still a notorious womaniser and thought nothing of sending costume designer Orry-Kelly to fetch the latest blond to catch his eye.

    That blond was Beverly (Dakota Fanning), barely in her late teens and already a showbiz veteran, having been a Pears Soap baby and winning a talent contest at the age of three by doing a Bette Davis impersonation. Trained to be polite and groomed to look older than her years by her mother Florence (Susan Sarandon), she hadn’t made much of an impact in Hollywood despite billing herself as a triple threat (actress, singer, dancer). She was cast as a chorus girl in Gene Kelly’s Marjorie Morningstar when Flynn (Kevin Kline) invited her at a friend’s estate, where he was staying, to audition for a part in a play. The audition was a ruse, of course, and the night ends with Flynn taking her virginity and a shellshocked Beverly giving nothing away to her mother. Flynn apologises though she counters, “What’s the point? You got what you wanted.” Yet there was an undeniable connection between the two. He was 48, she was 15.

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