Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is the 1991 adventure film starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Alan Rickman. Robin of Locksley is an English Nobleman, who escapes imprisonment in Jerusalem after having fought in the Third Crusade. He returns home to find his father has been killed and his lands taken by the Sheriff of Nottingham, so he decides to fight back against the injustices being done by the Sheriff.
The movie opens in Jerusalem in 1194 A.D. with prisoners being tortured in a prison. Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) and his friend Peter make an escape attempt. In the process, Locksley rescues a Moor named Azeem (Morgan Freeman) who helped him and Peter in their escape attempt. During the escape, Peter is killed. Robin and Azeem safely make it out of Jerusalem and make their way back to England. On the way to his father’s castle, Robin and Azeem run into some of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s men led by Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott), who are chasing a small boy. When Guy returns to Nottingham Castle, he tells the Sheriff (Alan Rickman) that Robin of Loxley has returned. When Robin and Azeem arrive at Lord Loxley’s (Brian Blessed) castle, they find it a burned out shell and the body of Lord Loxley hanging from the parapets. They also find Duncan (Walter Sparrow), a servant at the castle, who tells them that the Sheriff of Nottingham killed Lord Loxley, burned the castle and also blinded him.
Robin and Azeem head to the castle where Peter lived. There Robin informs Marian Dubois (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) that Peter is dead. He learns from her what has been going on in the area since King Richard III (Sean Connery) had left on the Third Crusade. Guy Gisborne and some of the Sheriff’s men catch up with Robin and Azeem at Marian’s Castle and chase them into Sherwood Forrest. Once in Sherwood Forrest, Robin and Azeem run into a band of men that are wanted by the Sheriff of Nottingham. The band was led by Little John (Nick Brimble). Shortly after this, the Sheriff’s men begin torching local villages in search of Robin of Locksley. In doing this, he drove more people into Sherwood Forrest and increased the ranks of the renegade band. The men begin weapons training to fight back against the Sheriff’s men and Robin took over as leader of the band. Robin, now Robin Hood, began leading his band in fighting back against the Sheriff’s men. What he took from them, he gave back to the people suffering under the Sheriff’s rule. In their attacks, they capture Friar Tuck (Mike McShane) who ends up joining the group. Marian comes to Robin’s camp and when she leaves Robin asks her to help and get word to King Richard III. Marian is betrayed by the Bishop of Hereford (Harold Innocent) and is taken prisoner by the Sheriff. Duncan heads to Sherwood Forrest to let Robin know of Marian’s capture. He unknowingly is followed.
The Sheriff of Nottingham, his men and Celtic mercenaries he has hired, follow Duncan straight to Robin Hood’s hideout and begin a full out assault on it. In the process, they destroy the hideout, kill and wound many people, capture several others and drive the rest further into the forest. After this, the Sheriff proposes to Marian, who is King Richard III’s cousin, and says he will spare the lives of the captured outlaws if she accepts. Robin learns that the Sheriff is going to hang several of his men including Little John’s son, in honor of his marriage to Marian. He plans an attack in which he and the remaining band will sneak into Nottingham Castle and attack during the wedding ceremony. The attack doesn’t go as planned, but is still successful. Azeem gets the peasants to rebel against the Sheriff and his men and they join the fight. Robin saves Marian and kills the Sheriff of Nottingham. Azeem repays Robin for helping him escape jail by killing the Sheriff’s witch Mortianna (Geraldine McEwan), who nearly kills Robin. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ends with Friar Tuck marrying Robin and Marian in Sherwood Forrest. King Richard III arrives and gives away Marian and thanks Robin for his good deeds.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a good adventure film. Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Alan Rickman all do a good job in their roles. Alan Rickman is especially good in the villainous role of the Sheriff of Nottingham. The movie has great setting that include castles, chalk cliffs, Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall, the open English countryside and the forests of England. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has a good soundtrack that includes the hit song Everything I Do I Do It for You by Bryan Adams. The opening credits of the movie are interesting as the background looks like an old medieval tapestry. The movie also features a number of good action sequences. If you like medieval based films or adventure films, then Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is worth a watch or possibly even an addition to your movie collection.