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Robin of Locksley is imprisoned far from home having fought in the Crusades, and makes a daring escape with a Moorish companion, Azeem , who becomes attached to the hip with him, determined to pay back his courtesy of the Englishman having saved his life. Locksley returns home to England to find his castle stormed, his father murdered and his servant blinded and feeble. The Sheriff of Nottingham has taken his land by force and seeks to rule in the place of King Richard, who is off fighting the Crusades as well, and who is currently ruling the countryside with an iron fist. Robin vows revenge, turns outlaw and, with the help of a band of outlaw woodsman turns the tables on the Sheriff and begins a campaign to take the land back from him.
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Sheriff George of Nottingham
Robin: I'm curious as to what manner of creature is so fearsome that it takes six men to attack it?
Gisbourne: Stranger, this is no affair of yours.
Robin: Well, have we treed the devil himself? Let me see. Haha, a small boy, a truly dangerous animal.
Gisbourne: This boy killed one of the Sheriff of Nottingham's deer.
Wulf: You starve us. We need the meat.
Gibourne: I advise you to move on, pilgrim. This is the sheriff's land.
Robin: Wrong. This is my land and my tree. Therefore whatever's in it also belongs to me.
Gisbourne: Might I have the pleasure of your name before I have you run through?
Robin: Robin of Locksley.
Robin : I'm home! I'm home. (Robin dives on the sand, laughing)
Azeem: You are strange, Christian.
Robin: Yes. But I'm free. Now I beg you to free yourself of your vow. Return with the boat. I know how it feels to be so far from your home and family.
Azeem: Because I love them so much, I cannot dishonour them.
Azeem: No man controls my destiny. Especially not one who attacks downwind and stinks of garlic.
Robin: Why must you walk in back of me?
Azeem: In your country, am I not the infidel? (Robin laughs) It seems safer to appear as your slave rather than your equal.
Robin: You know, for an infidel you have uncommon clarity of thinking. Yet you tell me nothing of yourself. For instance, your name. Azeem. What does it mean?
Azeem: It means "great one."
Robin: Great one, really? Did you give yourself this name? (Robin Laughs) It's a joke.
Robin: You. You travel 10,000 miles to save my life, then leave me to be slaughtered.
Azeem: I fulfill my vows when I choose.
Robin: Which does not include prayer times, or meal times or any time I'm outnumbered 6 to 1.
Azeem: You whine like a mule.
Azeem: The hospitality in this country is as warm as the weather.
Robin: Have we lost them.
Azeem: No. My horse carries two. Yours is lame. We cannot outrun them.
Duncan: Leave me, Master Robin! I slow your escape.
Robin: We can lose them in the forest.
Duncan: Sherwood Forest is haunted, Master.
Robin: Either we take our chances with the ghosts or become ghosts ourselves.
Gisbourne: (goading Robin into revealing his position) Robin of the Hood! Son of a devil worshipper! Your father died a coward... cursing your name and squealing like a stuck pig.
Azeem: (riding through Sherwood Forest) This forest has eyes. I swear it.
Will Scarlet: (Robin has just been tripped by a rope while trying to cross a river)
There was a rich man from Nottingham
who tried to cross the river
what a dope he tripped on a rope
now look at him shiver
Robin: (Robin is being beaten in a staff-match with Little John) Any great ideas?
Azeem: Get up, move faster.
Little John: That stumpy one is David of Doncaster, but the lads all calls him bull.
Robin: Because you're short?
David: Nope. It's because I'm so long. (laughter)
Robin: I was a rich man's son. But when I killed the sheriff's men... I became an outlaw like you.
Will: You are nothing like us. (Will storms off)
Little John: That there's Will Scarlett. Don't take no notice of him. He's all piss and wind.
Azeem: Salaam, little one.
Little Girl: Did God paint you?
Azeem: Did God paint me? (Azeem laughs) For certain.
Little Girl: Why?
Azeem: Because... Allah loves wondrous variety.
Robin: (Fanny's in labour but her baby has failed to turn) What are you going to do?
Azeem: I have seen it many times... with horses.
Robin: With horses?
Tuck: Come, my barbarian friend, let's open a barrel and try to save each other's souls.
Azeem: Alas, I am not permitted.
Tuck: Well, fine then. You talk, I'll drink.
Robin: I've seen knight's in armour panic at the first hint of a battle. And I've seen the loliest squire pull a spear from his own body... to defend a dying horse. Nobility's not a birthright. It's defined by one's actions.
Tuck: This is grain, which any fool can eat... but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption. Let us give praise to our maker and glory to his bounty by learning about... beer.
The Sheriff: Locksley! I'm going to cut your heart out with a spoon!
Gisbourne: Why a spoon cousin? Why not an ax or--
The Sheriff: Because it's dull, you twit. It'd hurt more.
Marion: There's a price on your head.
Robin: How much?
Marion: One hundred gold pieces.
Robin: Is that all? I shall have to annoy the good sheriff more. Soon it will be 1000.
Marion: For 1000 I will turn you in myself.
Production Budget - $48,000,000
Domestic Gross - $165,493,908 (2nd)
Worldwide Gross - $390,493,908 (2nd)
Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $320,767,290
Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $756,871,803
Morgan Creek Productions
1. Sometimes the only way to uphold justice...is to break the law.
2. For the good of all men, and the love of one woman, he fought to uphold justice by breaking the law.
An 'extended edition' of the movie runs 12 minutes longer.
Filming locations include:
Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England
Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England
Carcassonne, Aude, France
Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland, England
Hardraw Force, Hardraw, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England
Highclere Castle, Highclere, Hampshire, England
Hulne Park, Northumberland, England
Hulne Priory, Northumberland, England
Metz, Moselle, France
New Forest, Hampshire, England
Old Wardour Castle, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Seven Sisters, East Sussex, England
Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Performed by Bryan Adams
Written by Michael Kamen, Bryan Adams and Robert John Lange
Performed and Produced by Jeff Lynne
Written by Michael Kamen and Jeff Lynne
Academy Awards Nominations:
1. Original Song - "Everything I Do, I Do It For You"