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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Poster

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Continuity 

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.
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Anachronisms 

Azeem is shown using a refracting telescope, which was not invented until the 17th century.
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All marriage scenes invariably use the wording of the Book of Common Prayer, which was written in connection with the Reformation several hundreds of years later. In 1194, all clergy would have been Catholic and said the Mass in Latin at weddings.
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Black powder, or gunpowder was not known to the Arabs until some time between 1240 and 1280. Azeem would have had no knowledge of it in 1194.
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The Celtic mercenaries are from the culture of several centuries prior to the film's setting.
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You can hear rubber-soled shoes squeaking while Robin Hood and Marian are walking through the church, where they meet again after being separated.
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When Will Scarlett first traps Robin, he sings a song to the tune of "Pop Goes The Weasel". The earliest recorded reference to this song or tune is from 1850.
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When Robin and Azeem land on the English coast, there is a shot of a line of white cliffs. These are the Seven Sisters cliffs in East Sussex, England. The Belle Tout lighthouse, built in 1832, is visible on top of the farthest "sister".
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Robin's nude body shows tanlines from a Speedo swimsuit.
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When Robin is tripped into the stream by the rope wielded by Will Scarlet, the rope (under the water) appears to be a yellow nylon rope, not the hemp rope we saw above the water.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Peter falls into the dirt after being hit by an arrow in Jerusalem there is a wooden thump.
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When Robin is being attacked in Marian's home, Azeem tries to break down the door. Duncan cries out "Point me toward trouble Azeem, I'm ready!" - but his mouth isn't moving.
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When Robin is giving Marian a tour of their hideout, they walk past a waterwheel and Robin says, "It works - sort of." Azeem replies, "Of course it works," but his mouth doesn't move.
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Character error 

A Muslim prayer begins by standing upright and bringing his hands up to his ears and not in a squatting position like Azeem does it.
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Continuity 

Robin shoots Will in the hand, but later when Will asks Marion to dance and offers her flowers, the wrong hand is bandaged.
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When Locksley is writing his letter asking for news of his son, he says "Were you present at his capture near Jerusalem?" but when we see the close up of the letter, it reads, "Were you present at his capture near Acre?"
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Before the hanging, Robin's bow changes back and forth between strung and unstrung.
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When the boat takes Marian and Duncan away from the camp, Sarah isn't in the boat with them.
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When the men are about to be hanged, Will is on a barrel. In the next wide shot, Will is no longer on the barrel.
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The scar and disfigurement on Guy of Gisborne's ear disappear and reappear several times in his encounter with Robin.
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When Robin pretends he is blind and he bends down to rub horse crap on himself, he is wearing black boots with silver studding. When he and Azeem are being catapulted over the wall he is wearing brown lace up boots.
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When Robin and Azeem are mounting the catapult to be launched over the castle walls, Azeem puts his sword in a point down position. In the next cut it's pointing upward. When they are launched over the wall, it is sheathed.
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Robin's clothes change on the beach.
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When Friar Tuck makes his escape from the camp, he is knocked down by a low branch, breaking the wooden arch above him. When he later pulls the cart back to the camp, the arch is intact.
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When John Little and Robin first meet at the river, John is seen from the back, holding the staff away from him. "Do you lead this rabble?". In the next shot where John replies "Yes I do, Mate.", the staff is leaned against his shoulder. But in the next shot, the staff is being held away from him again.
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The sand disappears from Robin's face after he kisses the surf.
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Robin is knocked into the water several times, but his hair goes from wet to dry and back several times.
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As Robin is pulled up the chandelier rope, the end of the rope is close to falling off the pulley. One shot later, the rope is back on the pulley again, with the same length falling as was there before.
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After Robin shoots Will in the hand, Wulf walks past twice in the same direction.
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When Robin smashes through the window, there is glass still in the frame. But in the next shot, it is gone.
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When Robin and Wulf are having a competitive target practice, Wulf's hair is shaggy looking on both sides of his head. But in the close-up of Wulf taking aim, the right side of his hair is slicked back so that Robin can tickle his ear with the feather from the arrow.
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When Robin and Azeem are escaping from the sheriff's men at Marian's home, Robin's horse is shot with a crossbow bolt, and as they escape one can clearly see that the arrow is broken since the part sticking out of the horse has no feathers. Later when they stop, right before they enter the Sherwood Forrest, Robin turns to the wound and breaks the arrow, removing the (now reappearing) feathers.
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When Robin returns to England, the second shot is of the back of the boat that he and Azeem travel in. However, Robin is not visible in the boat until the very next shot, in which he is standing at the front, quite clearly visible.
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Robin's hair after being tripped in the river.
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The hand that Robin offers to Azeem from the ground upon returning to England.
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Azeem's sword when they are about to be catapulted.
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Plaque on the wall of Marion's castle.
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In the battle with the Celts, Little John is fighting on the ground with Robin and Azeem. Yet, in the closing moments of the battle when the archers are driving the Celts off, Little John can be seen up in the trees with the other archers.
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When Robin gets up from the beach when they first arrive in England, he offers Hasim his right hand to help him up but in the next shot it's his left hand that Hasim grabs.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the men are pushing the catapult to the gate, look at the far left of the screen - for a second or two a camera and cameraman is visible.
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A crewmember is visible from a second story window when the catapult is being moved near the end of the movie.
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The shadow of the cameraman can be seen as Robin runs across a room near the end of the movie.
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Errors in geography 

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.
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From a distance, Sherwood Forest appears to be coniferous, but up close it is deciduous.
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The outlaws' hideout in Sherwood Forest is taken by surprise by large catapults, despite the density of the forest.
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Factual errors 

Toward the end, Azeem is about to shoot a flaming arrow at an explosive barrel. The guard ties a rope around Will's neck and forces him down on to the barrel, and Azeem blows out the flaming arrow. If it were that easy to extinguish the arrow, it never would have stayed lit during fight.
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When Robin begins training the outlaws, we see an arrowhead being cast, outdoors in a small mould. Next, we see an iron/steel arrowhead being shaped on a stone. Iron or steel could not be cast, outdoors and in the small quantity as shown, due to the heat needed. The metal shown can only be pewter, lead or tin. To produce arrowheads in those conditions, a friendly blacksmith would beat out a suitably thin piece of waste metal, chop pieces off, then, others could file or rub them to shape and sharpness.
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The Sheriff's scribe tells him that Robin and his men have looted money from them for about five months. Assuming that the looting started about the time that Robin slashed the Sheriff's face, his scar shouldn't still be red or still be stitched up.
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The opening sequence appears to show the Bayeux tapestry which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and has nothing to do with the Crusades over a century later.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Words and phrases which did not exist in 1194 are used by characters, and Robin has an accent which doesn't fit in. We are presumably hearing a modern translation of what they were really saying.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the battle with the Celts, nearly every Celt who is hit by an arrow and killed is played by stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, who thus dies several times as different characters. If you look carefully you can recognize him.
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While rescuing the boy, Robin grabs a crossbow and throws it at one of the soldiers, "hitting" him in the face. The crossbow hits Plexiglas in front of the soldier, and leaves a scratch that is momentarily visible.
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When Robin shoots the arrow that goes through Will's hand the wire/string that the arrow is fired along is visible.
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After Wulf is saved from the Sheriff's men and runs off, Azeem walks around the rock wall and casts an unnaturally sharp, dark shadow (lighting error), despite having complained about there being "no sun in this cursed country" and it being visibly overcast outside.
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In the early part of the fight with the Celts, the film is reversed making it appear that Robin is shooting left handed. Obviously done so that Robin was shooting to the left where the Celts were coming from.
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When Marian is attacked and taken hostage at her house, Duncan goes to a white horse to find Robin. Several times we see light reflecting in his eyes, but it was mentioned earlier that his eyes were taken in the attack on Locksley Castle.
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Padding clearly visible when the second Celt is shot down from his horse.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Robin finds out Will is his brother, he puts his hands on Will's face and tells him "I will take my stand with you. Side by side." But when he says, "To the death," we don't see his mouth move.
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Continuity 

The length of chain on Lord Locksley's gold cross shortens when Robin takes it off of his father's grave marker.
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Continuity 

When Robin swears on his father's grave he cuts his hand and squeezes his fist so that the blood oozes between his fingers - but it is gone in the next shot.
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Continuity 

During the final fight between Robin and the Sheriff, Marian douses the Sheriff in hot wax. For the next two shots, the Sheriff's shirt is clean. But when we cut back to the fight after the Friar kills the Bishop, the Sheriff's shirt is covered in wax and he has horrible burns on his chest.
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Continuity 

When the Sheriff is on top of Marian during their wedding ceremony, he is wearing a black, silver and white striped coat. But in the very next shot, he only has a black shirt on, without showing the coat was removed.
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Continuity 

The cut on Robin's chin made by Sheriff George in the final fight disappears after The Sheriff's death.
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Plot holes 

In the extended version, the Sheriff has the scribe's tongue cut out, and the scribe is later shown using writing to communicate. However, at the end of the movie, Robin forces the scribe to tell him where Nottingham and Marion are, and he speaks... without a tongue.
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Plot holes 

In the climax when Marion, the bishop, the sheriff and the witch are locked in the room, Robin and Azeem are unable to find a way in and start banging on the door. However, without introducing a secret exit from the room, the witch leaves to silence the banging on the door and the bishop leaves as well. Later, the witch magically reenters the chamber so Azeem can burst through the door and kill her.
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