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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Friar Tuck (as Micheal McShane)
Lord Locksley
Soo Drouet ...
Daniel Newman ...
Daniel Peacock ...


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 <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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  »


Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,625,602, 31 May 2012

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$390,493,908, 31 May 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Retired former head of the British Board of Film Classification James Ferman said that passing this movie as a PG was his only regret over his time in office. See more »


When Robin and Azeem arrive in Dover, Robin says we will be dining with my father by nightfall. Nottingham is over 170 miles from Dover. Robin then makes an extravagant detour via the "Robin Hood" gap in Hadrian's Wall (approximately 120 miles north of Nottingham) before heading south again; making a rather unlikely journey total of more than 400 miles in under a day. See more »


[first lines]
Interrogator: Show them the courage of Allah!
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Crazy Credits

All initial copies of the original 1991 UK 'PG' Video had the full promo video for Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" played underneath the credits at the end of the film. See more »


References Dances with Wolves (1990) See more »


Performed by Bryan Adams
Courtesy of A&M Records
Produced by Robert John Lange (as Mutt Lange)
Written by Michael Kamen, Bryan Adams (as B. Adams) and Robert John Lange (as R.J. Lange)
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User Reviews

Exhilarating Adventure
26 February 2002 | by 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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