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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  14 June 1991 (USA)
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When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.



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After being captured by Turks during the Crusades, Robin of Locksley and a Moor, Azeem, escape back to England, where Azeem vows to remain until he repays Robin for saving his life. Meanwhile, Robin's father, a nobleman loyal to King Richard the Lionhearted, has been murdered by the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham, who helped install Richard's treacherous brother, Prince John, as king while Richard is overseas fighting the Crusades. When Robin returns home, he vows to avenge his father's death and restore Richard to the throne. Even though Maid Marian, his childhood friend, cannot help him, he escapes to the Forest of Sherwood where he joins a band of exiled villagers and becomes their leader. With their help he attempts to cleanse the land of the evil that the Sheriff has spread. Written by Graeme Roy <>

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For the good of all men, and the love of one woman, he fought to uphold justice by breaking the law See more »


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Release Date:

14 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robin Hood - König der Diebe  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)


$165,500,000 (USA)

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During an interview given on British TV, Alan Rickman revealed that he had broken "about 10 swords" in the sword fighting scene with Kevin Costner. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Robin is attempting to free the prisoners chained to the wall in the dungeon, Azeem is shown begging to be freed. While pleading his case he rises to his feet and his hands are shown bound in front of him, then the camera goes back to Robin continuing to futilely pull on the chains, showing Azeem in the foreground; then there's a cut to Azeem (apparently sitting, as when he was first shown moments earlier) with his back to the wall and his hands raised and bound on either side of his head yelling "Christian!" to get Robin's attention. A second later he's back on his feet with his hands tied in front of him when Robin runs over and asks why he should save him. See more »


[first lines]
Prisoner: Show them the courage of Allah!
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At the end of the credits: In fond memory of Egil Woxholt See more »


Performed and Produced by Jeff Lynne
Courtesy of Reprise Records
Written by Michael Kamen (as M. Kamen) and Jeff Lynne (J. Lynne)
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Exhilarating Adventure
26 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have seen Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves so many times and yet it still thrills me the 100th time as much as it did the first. I just can't ever get enough of this near perfect adventure film.

I've always cherished films set in medieval times. There's just something about the plights of the oppressed class and the simple heroics of the man who steps forward to fight for honor and better lives for the dismal. Then there are the luxuriant castles, the dashing sword fights, the extravagant costumes, the tragically beautiful princess he's destined to fall in love with, and the evil power-hungry villain who will stop at nothing to be King.

OK, it's a bit of a cliché, but this formula makes for the perfect escapist film and one thrilling and emotional ride. No, it isn't original, but it's just got everything you'd ever want from a film.

The story of Robin Hood has been done so many times, and (unlike most of his other roles) Kevin Costner is not only believable, but actually quite good this time (well, except for the accent, but nobody's perfect).

Alan Rickman is just flawlessly devious as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Nobody could have done it better, and he also had the best lines ("Because it's dull, it'll hurt more!")

This was sadly Kevin Costner's last great film, as he went on to star in such duds as Waterworld and the dismal The Postman. Christian Slater, Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, and especially Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio give their all, creating a truly emotional and powerful film. I don't understand why the ratings are so low.

The ending is just beautiful. I boo at the sheriff, cheer for Robin, and cry during Robin and Marian's post-sword fight embrace every time, and you will too if you ignore the cynics and give this adventure a chance.


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