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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

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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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Taglines:

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

Kevin Costner and Sir Sean Connery also appeared together in The Untouchables (1987). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

At the end of the credits: In fond memory of Egil Woxholt See more »

Alternate Versions

For many years, the UK version had censorship issues in order to maintain a PG rating. The cinema version was cut by 14 secs with edits made to the opening scene and the single use of the F-word towards the end of the film. The 1991 & 1995 video versions lost a further 18 secs of footage, which completely removed any trace of the hand amputation scene and made additional cuts to other scenes of language, violence and sexual threat - owing to complaints made to the BBFC from parents. The 2003 Extended Edition release saw many of the cuts waived though 28 secs remained edited; namely part of the hand amputation scene, the stabbing of Gisbourne, shots of the Sheriff forcing Marian's legs apart during the assault, and the climactic hanging sequence. The cuts were finally waved in 2009 after an upgrade to a 12 rating for the UK Blu-ray. See more »

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Referenced in Motormouth: Episode #4.7 (1991) See more »

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(EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU
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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Enjoyable, old-fashioned swashbuckler with occasional misjudgements.
10 December 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Robin Hood:Prince Of Thieves is an all-star rehash of one of cinema's oldest and most popular stories. Kevin Costner takes the title role and proves to be handsome enough and swashbuckling enough to do justice to the role during the action scenes. However, during the film's quieter moments, Costner's American accent grates a little amid the Sherwood Forest surroundings.

The story doesn't particularly need explaining, but for people who have lived on Mars for their whole lives here it is. Robin of Locksley, a young soldier, returns from the Crusades to find the city of Nottingham and its surrounding area terrorised by the evil Sherrif of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). Robin takes refuge in the nearby Sherwood Forest, where he gathers a band of woodland outlaws who are always stealing money and treasure taken by the Sherrif and giving it back to the poor. His dashing antics impress Maid Marian (Mary Elisabeth Mastrantonio), a childhood friend, and he quickly becomes popular with the poor and honest folk who nickname him Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves.

The film is very old-fashioned, but it occasionally gives away its 1991 release status with modern touches (the fancy camera-work in which the camera is seemingly fixed upon an arrow as it is fired at a target; the introduction of a Moorish warrior character [Morgan Freeman] to broaden the film's cultural reference; Rickman's self-deprecating pantomimic turn as the wicked Sherrif). On the whole, it is an entertaining film with a good balance between the action and the romance. The best performance - surprisingly - comes from Michael Wincott who oozes menace as the Sherrif's despicable cousin Guy of Gisbourne. There are some quite significant factual errors, the best (by "best" I mean "funniest") of which is when Robin and his Moorish companion stand at the foot of the white cliffs of Dover and Robin tells him: "by nightfall we will dine with my father!" Quite a feat, since Nottinghamshire is about 200 miles away and this pair are travelling on foot!


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