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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves [1991] (1 disc)

Director:Kevin Reynolds
Writer:John Watson
Pen Densham
Composer:Michael Kamen
Length:144 minutes
(2 hours 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:58%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Robin returns home to find his father murdered, his home destroyed and his lands claimed by the sherrif of Nottingham.

Reaction: Kostner is a bit bland in the role at times, but there are fun action sequences to keep your mind off of that.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Kevin Reynolds => Director
John Watson => Writer
Pen Densham => Writer
Michael Kamen => Composer
Alan Rickman => Sheriff of Nottingham
Brian Blessed => Lord Locksley
Christian Slater => Will Scarlett
Daniel Newman => Wulf
Daniel Peacock => Bull
Kevin Costner => Robin Hood
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio => Marian Dubois
Michael McShane => Friar Tuck (as Micheal McShane)
Michael Wincott => Guy of Gisborne
Morgan Freeman => Azeem
Nick Brimble => Little John
Pat Roach => Celtic Chieftain
Richard Strange => Executioner
Sean Connery => King Richard
Soo Drouet => Fanny
Walter Sparrow => Duncan

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • On Breakfast TV in the UK, Mel Gibson said he was the offered the lead but he had just done a period film (Hamlet) and passed.
  • Sadiq, the name that Azeem calls Robin, means "friend" in Arabic.
  • The line that Will Scarlett says after he launches Robin and Azeem over the wall, "Fie me, he cleared it!" is an ad-lib by Christian Slater that director Kevin Reynolds liked and decided to keep it in.
  • Sean Connery was first offered the cameo of Lord Locksley (Brian Blessed) but passed as he felt he had been playing a lot of fathers in recent years.
  • The shot of Robin shooting the flaming arrow was shot at 300 frames per second (normal speed is 24fps).
  • The role of the Sheriff of Nottingham was originally offered to Richard E. Grant.
  • Robin Wright was the original choice to play Maid Marian but she had to drop out as she was pregnant with her first child. The part went instead to Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio four days before shooting started.
  • The shot of Robin shooting the flaming arrow was shot at 300 frames per second (normal speed is 24fps).
  • The scene where Azeem first shows Robin his telescope is similar to a scene in Dances with Wolves, where Dunbar (Kevin Costner) hands a telescope to Kicking Bird.
  • The novelization of this movie gives insight into a couple of (semi-) significant edits. First and foremost, Reynolds was reportedly very upset at the removal of a scene in which the Sheriff learns the witch is his mother! Another scene, in which Robin rubs himself with manure, was moved from early in the film to the end. Knowing that this scene was intended to be shown before Robin enters the church explains Marian's request that he "take a bath."