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


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

14 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves See more »

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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:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie is dedicated to the loving memory of Egil S. Woxholt. See more »

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The shadow of the cameraman can be seen as Robin runs across a room near the end of the movie. See more »

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[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

Some of the editions released on VHS had the video for Bryan Adams's song "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You)" play as the credits rolled. See more »

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Spin-off Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (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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Does the basics but nothing more and is dominated by Rickman as a result
1 May 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Escaping death in Jerusalem, Robin of Locksley returns to his England home with Moor companion Azeem in tow. However he finds his home burnt to the ground, his father slandered and murdered and the poor marginalised to within an inch of their lives. Branded an outlaw by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin flees into Sherwood Forrest where he brings together a group of ragtag rebels "led" by a man called John Little. As his popularity grows, Robin becomes a massive thorn in the side of the Sheriff, forcing him to take harsher action.

Younger viewers coming to this film on television may not appreciate that this film was made at a time when the presence of Kevin Costner was a bonus and indeed almost a selling point. Yes, I know this sounds like crazy talk from an older man who has seen too many movies to be good for him but it is true and Robin Hood is a fine example of a so-so film that was built partly on his star power. Of course the downside of this is that the film itself is not that good because it has his and others' names to let it carry it. The plot is well known but rather annoyingly touched with modernisms and Americanisms to the detriment of the telling (whether this be the accents, the errors or just the attitude). This also contributes to the lack of depth in the film and generally, although it looks slick, it doesn't provide anything in the way of emotional engagement – despite the fact that it spawned the manipulative and saccharine Bryan Adams hit that seemed to taint everyone's wedding back in 1992.

The direction is glossy but it cannot get to the heart of anything and Reynolds also fails to get that much out of his cast. As a result Costner simply trades on his rather stiff charm, occasionally enjoying himself but generally taking the whole thing too seriously. Rickman effortlessly dominates the film by chewing the scenery in each and every scene – his colourful performance makes Costner (who can be good) look as stiff as a board. I've never seen the appeal of Mastrantonio at the best of times and this is not the best of times. She is dull and pretty poor all round. Freeman is a good face but is a modernisation too far. Slater is pointless although support from Wincott, Blessed, Brimble and a few others is good if not that great.

Overall then this is a rather joyless spectacle but one that is glossy enough to perhaps do the job for undemanding viewers. It isn't that much fun and the attempts at emotional engagement are mostly cloying and sentimental. The cast are mixed but the only one able to inject life into the rather stiff material is Rickman, who easily livens his scenes but cannot carry the film. Worth a look if you are in a undemanding mood but just don't expect anything more than the blockbuster basics.


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