Source:  Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, April 4, 1995 p0404K4620.
    Title:  'Rob Roy'.(Originated from Knight-Ridder Newspapers)
   Author:  Chris Hewitt
   People:  Neeson, Liam - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
            Lange, Jessica - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
            Caton-Jones, Michael - Production and direction
Nmd Works:  Rob Roy (Motion picture) - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic Collection:  A16786254
                   RN:  A16786254

Full Text COPYRIGHT Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service 1995

The wusses wear pants and the real men wear skirts in ``Rob Roy.''

Liam Neeson plays the kilt-clad, 18th century Scottish hero, Rob Roy
MacGregor, who leads his people in battle against aristocratic Scottish
land-grabbers. Set amid vast green valleys and mountains capped with clouds of
mist, ``Rob Roy'' is the sort of big romantic adventure that would have
starred Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland 50 years ago (or Daniel Day-Lewis
and Madeline Stowe three years ago).

Rob Roy is a man of honor. When his home and wife are threatened, he does
battle with ignoble noblemen John Hurt, Brian Cox and Tim Roth _ three scoops
of villain with a cherry on top. They're all entertainingly hissable, but Roth
is fantastic as a kitschy, sadistic clown. Wearing a Reba McEntire wig and
curtsying to his sword-fighting opponents, he prances around like Nancy
Kerrigan on a competition high.

The villains are fun, but ``Rob Roy'' doesn't stint on emotion or thrills.
Neeson is a stalwart hero with streaming hair and clear skin (given the
incidence of blemishes among the other characters, he must have a secret stash
of Stridex). He does not, incidentally, appear to be wearing anything under
his kilt.

Lange is outstanding as his passionate, vital wife. Mary is the opposite of
Lady MacBeth. She is Rob's conscience, and the chance to play a character
who's always confident she knows exactly what to do seems to have freed up
Lange. She gives a forceful, eloquent performance _ you can see why Neeson
wipes out half of Scotland to get back home to her.

Like ``The Last of the Mohicans,'' ``Rob Roy'' focuses on a believable, adult
love story. Rob and Mary don't play games _ they're sure of each other and the
movie shows them gathering up their his-and-hers skirts and making a place for
their love to thrive.

Michael Caton-Jones (``This Boy's Life,'' ``Memphis Belle'') has directed
``Rob Roy'' with care and, for the most part, restraint (only a death scene,
with an ``I-can't-feel-my-legs-Are-they-still-there?'' moment, goes over the
top). He's done an especially good job of integrating the nasty/funny villains
with the love story. Aside from some frank scenes of violence and sensuality,
``Rob Roy'' is a good, old-fashioned, Saturday-night-at-the-movies thrill.

WHAT: ``Rob Roy''

RATED: R, for violence, a rape scene and scenes of sensuality

WHO: Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones; starring Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange,
Tim Roth

SHOULD YOU GO? If you liked ``The Last of the Mohicans,'' you'll like ``Rob
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