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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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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.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.8/10 (75,000 voted)

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Stars: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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 has been murdered by the Sheriff of Nottingham and when Robin returns home he vows to avenge his father's death. Even though 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.

Writers: Pen Densham, Pen Densham

Kevin Costner - Robin Hood
Morgan Freeman - Azeem
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Marian Dubois
Christian Slater - Will Scarlett
Alan Rickman - Sheriff George 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 - Wulf
Daniel Peacock - Bull
Walter Sparrow - Duncan
Harold Innocent - Bishop of Hereford

Taglines: For the good of all men, and the love of one woman, he fought to uphold justice by breaking the law

Release Date: 14 June 1991

Filming Locations: Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $390,500,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (extended edition)

Did You Know?

Richard Griffiths passed on the opportunity to play Friar Tuck.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After Azeem is attacked by one of the boat men on arrival on English shore, he states to Robin that he can't be taken by anyone especially if he attacks from down wind with garlic on his breath. Actually, if the attacker were down wind, the odor would be traveling away from Azeem. The attacker would have to be up wind for the odor to be detected.

[first lines]
Prisoner: Show them the courage of Allah!

User Review

Possibly the best Robin Hood movie ever made

Rating: 10/10

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a movie that I've watched since I was a little girl and I still to this day absolutely adore it. Now granted I know that there was a few flaws with this film as I grew up and noticed that maybe Kevin Costner's accent wasn't so British or Christian Slater's. But if we all always complained about accents, I think we wouldn't enjoy movies as much. I love Robin Hood because it has action, adventure, romance, horror, magic, everything you can imagine is in this film. Not to mention that I think we got pretty darn good performances. My personal favorite is out of Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham, he is absolutely hilarious and a terrific villain. This is my favorite Robin Hood story of all time.

Robin of Locksley, an English nobleman, is captured and jailed in a dungeon in Jerusalem along with his comrade, Peter. With their execution inevitable, Robin engineers an escape, saving the life of a Moor, Azeem in the process; Peter dies in the attempt and has Robin swear to protect his sister Marian. Robin makes the long journey back to England with Azeem, who claims he must accompany Robin until the debt of saving his life is repaid. In England, with King Richard I gone, the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham rules over the land with fear, aided by his brute cousin, Guy of Gisbourne along with the precognitive evil witch, Mortianna , and the corrupt Bishop of Hereford. At Locksley castle, Robin's kind father Lord Locksley has been killed by the Sheriff's men, after refusing to join them for the Sheriff's unknown but treacherous scheme. Robin and Azeem arrive to find Robin's formerly luxurious abode of Locksley Castle destroyed and his father, murdered. Lord Locksley's loyal servant, Duncan, has survived, though his eyes were removed. With his lands and reputation gone Robin swears to avenge his father's murder. Robin then begins by seeking out, Maid Marian, the cousin of the king and his childhood friend. He is immediately attracted to Marian, although she does not return the feelings, which poses a problem because Nottingham also has his sights set on her. While Robin, Azeem and Duncan escape the revenge seeking Gisboune and his soldiers, they seek shelter in the Forest of Sherwood, where they come across Little John, and a large group of woodsmen, all of whom were outlawed through the tyranny of the Sheriff. After proving his skill in single combat, Robin is accepted into their group and eventually becomes their leader, though Will Scarlet, one of Robin's men, is constantly undermining his leadership. Robin encourages his men to fight back against Nottingham and begins to train them to defend themselves while they build weapons and homes in the forest, it's their time "to take it back".

If you haven't seen Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves I highly recommend that you do, honestly I don't know why anyone would not enjoy this film just a little bit. Like I said, it has everything to make a film great. My favorite scene, hard to choose from so many, is the ending battle scene where they discover that Robin Hood is alive and he is there at the castle to save his beloved Marian, it's a great scene that keeps you on the edge of your seat. So please just get past the accents, give this movie a chance, it's a terrific story and a wonderful movie that I will still watch and probably will even more so as I grow older. Besides I have to just to see Alan Rickman threaten Robin Hood with a spoon, lol, greatest threat ever.


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