Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama


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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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7 July 1999 | Chiron1987
Swashbuckling Medieval Adventure at its Finest...
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was one of the best films of 1991, a triumph even over the special effects hype of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Despite the critics' complete and utter distaste for the film, I found it fun, well-acted, and fast-paced. Great performances abound including Morgan Freeman as the Moorish warrior Azeem, Alan Rickman as the hysterical Sheriff of Nottingham, and Kevin Costner as our stalwart Robin of Locksley.

There are great action sequences including the battle against the hired Celts and Nottingham's soldiers and the final confrontation at the climax of the film.

Finally, don't be put off by Costner's lack of an English dialect. It doesn't hurt the film at all, and is just something critics were instantly attracted to, as it is their job to find faults.

Highly recommended.

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Trivia

Alan Rickmans famous line of "Locksley, i'm going to cut your heart out....with a spoon" was an improvisation. He had found his characters dialogue to be bland and one dimensional so was always looking at ways to make it more interesting and amusing. Interestingly Costner does not break character during this scene despite the improvisation and the inclusion of it resulted in another scene being expanded slightly to explain the spoon reference.


Quotes

Interrogator: Show them the courage of Allah!


Goofs

When trying to sneak in the castle, Robin rubs horse manure on himself, and the guard at the door is disgusted and violently tell him to stay away. However, that smell was fairly common in the Middle Ages, as manure was regularly used in many trades, like builders, thatchers or leather making: pretty much all low classes would smell like that, and would not have bothered a soldier. On the other hand, Robin's trick would not have been necessary, as castles were centers of social life and entrance was not heavily guarded, except in case of attack.


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.


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.


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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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Action | Adventure | Drama | Romance

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