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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

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Pen Densham (story), Pen Densham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 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 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>

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Sometimes the only way to uphold justice...is to break the law. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

14 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robin Hood - König der Diebe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,625,602, 31 May 2012

Gross USA:

$165,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$390,493,908, 31 May 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The theatrical trailers used music from The Abyss (1989) by Alan Silvestri, as well as Willow (1988) by James Horner. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

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[first lines]
Interrogator: Show them the courage of Allah!
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At the end of the credits: In fond memory of Egil Woxholt 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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Enough of this silliness!...
15 November 2009 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

...is what a commercial advertising the 1938 version of Robin Hood had to say in the summer of 1991 regarding the advertisement for this film claiming "This summer Kevin Costner is Robin Hood". The voice of the pronouncement was from the actor that defined the role of Robin Hood and the role of the swashbuckler in general - Errol Flynn.

Not only does Kevin Costner not sound like Robin Hood, he doesn't act like him either. His performance doesn't even come close to that of Flynn. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is good enough in her performance as Marian, but still you can't compare the chemistry between Errol Flynn and Olivia De Haviland to whatever is there between 1991's Marian and Robin. Do note that this version does show more of the tragedy that befalls the peasants than was present in the 1938 version. This emphasis on tragedy and drama is probably there to offset the fact that since Kevin Costner can't even begin to swash Errol Flynn's buckle, and comes across more like a social worker who is good at archery, the film had to take the emphasis off of the great fun and energy of Robin Hood himself.

The one saving grace of this film is Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. His use of the black arts is shown openly as was not possible in the 1938 version, demonstrating the true evil measure of the man, and at the same time he gets off some great comic one liners and manages to steal the picture. Claude Raines, who played Prince John in the 1938 version, would have been proud of this performance.

If you want to see an intentionally comic rendition of Robin Hood, see Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood Men in Tights". That movie succeeded at least partially by playing off some of the ludicrous aspects of this one.


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