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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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Kevin Reynolds

Writers:

Pen Densham (story), Pen Densham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Robin of Locksley
Morgan Freeman ... Azeem
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Marian
Christian Slater ... Will Scarlett
Alan Rickman ... Sheriff of Nottingham
Geraldine McEwan ... Mortianna
Michael McShane ... Friar Tuck (as Micheal McShane)
Brian Blessed ... Lord Locksley
Michael Wincott ... Guy of Gisborne
Nick Brimble ... Little John
Soo Drouet ... Fanny
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ... Wulf
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Bull
Walter Sparrow ... Duncan
Harold Innocent ... Bishop
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Storyline

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 Lionheart, 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>

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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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Trivia

Jon Finch, Sir Michael Gambon, Sir John Hurt, Sir Ian McKellen, Oliver Reed, and Sir Patrick Stewart were considered for the Sheriff of Nottingham. Stewart, as Captain Picard, played Robin Hood in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Qpid (1991), and Reed played a villain in Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960). See more »

Goofs

Robin is knocked into the water several times, but his hair goes from wet to dry and back several times. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

In the extended DVD version, the scene with the witch admitting to being Nottingham's mother is edited back in, along with a subplot in which she spies on him around the castle (thus explaining her knowledge of events Nottingham has learned of but which she has not yet been told, something Nottingham took to mean she could see the future) and additional footage which makes it clear that Nottingham's true allegiances lies with the Devil, which explains the line "Look to the beasts which share our god." See more »

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Wild Times
Performed and Produced by Jeff Lynne
Courtesy of Reprise Records
Written by Michael Kamen and Jeff Lynne (J. Lynne)
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Exhilarating Adventure
26 February 2002 | by scarlet caulfieldSee 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.

9/10


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Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

14 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,625,602, 16 June 1991

Gross USA:

$165,493,908

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$390,493,908
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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