Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Warner Bros. Released 1991




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Kevin Reynolds

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.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    Kevin Costner's Robin Hood is big, sometimes exciting, funny in places and occasionally stupid, but it doesn't disappoint. [14 June 1991, p.E1]

  • 75

    USA Today Mike Clark

    To its credit, the film isn't foolhardy enough to challenge the unbeatable Errol Flynn version on its own star-power turf. Gritty in most ways, broadly comic in some, and with a do...

  • 60


    Not exactly Errol Flynn, but not the embarrassment that was Disney's Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves is a fun popcorn flick take on the centuries-old legend. And hey, it does have a ...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • 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)
      (Will sings)
      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.

  • NOTES (6)

    • 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

    • Production Companies:
      Morgan Creek Productions

    • Taglines:
      1. Sometimes the only way to uphold 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
      Calvados, France
      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

    • Music:
      (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
      Performed by Bryan Adams
      Written by Michael Kamen, Bryan Adams and Robert John Lange
      Wild Times
      Performed and Produced by Jeff Lynne
      Written by Michael Kamen and Jeff Lynne


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