In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
After being captured by Turks during the Crusades, Robin of Locksley and a Moor, Azeem, escape back to England, where Azeem vows to remain until he repays Robin for saving his life. Meanwhile, Robin's father, a nobleman loyal to King Richard the Lionheart, has been murdered by the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham, who helped install Richard's treacherous brother, Prince John, as King while Richard is overseas fighting the Crusades. When Robin returns home, he vows to avenge his father's death and restore Richard to the throne. Even though Maid Marian, his childhood friend, cannot help him, he escapes to the Forest of Sherwood where he joins a band of exiled villagers and becomes their leader. With their help, he attempts to cleanse the land of the evil that the Sheriff has spread.Written by
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As Robin, Azeem, and Duncan flee from Marian's, they pull up their horses before entering Sherwood Forest. Kevin Costner's horse half-reared as he halted and the horse's neck came up so fast that it smacked into, and broke, Costner's nose. According to DVD commentary, he did not miss a beat, and continued with the scene. See more »
Azeem's sword when they are about to be catapulted. See more »
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. See more »
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. See more »
The summer of 1991 was a lousy one for movies; there were only a few that stood out amid dozens of crummy releases. The only movies that summer that I admired were 'Terminator 2,' 'Thelma & Louise,' and this one, which still stands as one of the most entertaining action-adventure movies I've seen.
No, it isn't a masterpiece, on any level. Yes, I realize that Kevin Costner lacks a satisfactory British accent (he doesn't even attempt one). But the movie is still a fun, rip-roaring piece of escapism, sort of like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' only without the special effects.
Costner may seem miscast as Robin of Locksley, but there's no doubt that he had the physicality and screen presence to convincingly hold our attention as a larger-than-life hero. He'd just come off 'Dances With Wolves,' and so it was a thrill to see him on horseback again (it still is, in 'Open Range'). I'm willing to concede that he's no Olivier, but in the action hero mold, he still cut an exciting figure.
I also enjoyed Alan Rickman's great, over-the-top portrayal of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Out of place? You betcha. Fun? Funny? Wicked? Hey, that's why we pay admission.
The sets are all dank and gloomy and wonderful. The action is well-staged and had audiences on their feet all those years ago. Sherwood Forest is appropriately dense and spooky-looking. OK, so the movie has Christian Slater in it. I didn't say it was perfect.
'Robin Hood' marked the beginning of the end of Kevin Costner's unanimous popularity with audiences. Everyone started playing the part of Hollywood bean-counter and worrying about 'Waterworld's' budget. But you know what I like about both these movies? No CGI. I am sick and tired of CGI movies. Popping the deluxe 'Robin Hood' DVD into the old player is a refreshing treat and a thumb in the eye of digital junk like 'Pirates of the Caribbean.'
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