If archery makes your heart soar, then scenes in cinema that involve archery will be particularly meaningful to you. And although guns and automatic weapons seem to be the weapon of choice in the movies, there are still plenty of film that feature archers and the art of archery. Here’s a list of some favorites.
. This nobleman-outlaw, skilled beyond measure in accurate shooting of the long bow, has appealed to the imagination for centuries. There are a number of films that depict Robin’s skill with the bow. Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), despite its irreverent approach, still contains some exciting archery scenes, not to mention the silly poster featuring Cary Elwes shooting six arrows at once. Errol Flynn’s classic Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) deserves a look, as does Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991), fiery arrow and all.
Hunger Games (2012)
. Katniss’ resourceful and plucky use of the bow to feed and defend her family has helped make archery a sexy sport in the eyes of young people. In the Hunger Games sequence, archery takes on connotations of freedom and national identity.
. The weaponry of the Na’vi people and their skills in its use during the great battle scene against the corrupt earthlings are sure to spark the imagination of anyone who loves archery.
Henry V (1989)
. Kenneth Branagh’s version of Shakespeare’s greatest history plays features some amazing archery sequences during the Battle of Agincourt, where the British longbow is pitted against the French compound.
Lord of the Rings (2001-2003):
Lovers of archery will adore the fantasy gear used by both men and elves of Middle Earth. Legolas proves to be the greatest wielder of the long elven bow, and his ability to hit the mark under the most trying circumstances will amaze and delight the viewer.
King Arthur (2004)
. We’ve become quite used to King Arthur and his Round Table as proper fairy-tale folk. But in this novel remake of the classic story, they have become Roman-Celtic renegades struggling to maintain order during troubled times. Queen Guinevere turns out to be among the most rugged, being amazingly adept at archery as well as other battle skills.
Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
. In this film version of the life and times of the Duke clan of Hazzard County, Bo and Duke prove their skill at using hunting bows, hitting their targets even when their arrows are weighted with dynamite.
(2007). Who can forget those floods of arrows that blocked the sun, or the final scene with the Spartans turned into human hedgehogs? Too bad the good guys didn’t do archery, though.
Hard Target (1993)
. Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Chance Boudreaux, who finds himself caught up in a nasty human-hunt in which the crossbow is the weapon of choice.
Whether the archery depicted is a thing of fantasy or something we can readily identify with in everyday life, cinematic versions of the art of the bow can both inspire and amaze
i(1954). In the great battle finale in Kurosawa’s superb adventure film, one can view scenes of yabusame, Japanese mounted archery.