* CompleteMonster: In this version of [[Myth/RobinHood the legends]], Robin's ArchEnemy, [[BigBad Sheriff George of Nottingham]], is trying to usurp the throne of England from UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart. He tries to convince Robin's father to join him, and kills him when he refuses. He then trumps up charges of Devil worship so he can seize Locksley as his own, [[EyeScream has a castellan's eyes put out]] for doubting the charges, and becomes a cruel despot who [[WouldHurtAChild has children killed for hunting on his land]] and sexually exploits women. When Robin first defies the Sheriff, he threatens to CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon. The Sheriff then gives [[TheDragon Guy of Gisborne]] a fortnight to capture Robin Hood, and [[YouHaveFailedMe runs him through with a sword when he fails]]. After that, the Sheriff attacks the Merry Men's village and takes captives, including children, whom he threatens to hang if [[LoveInterest Maid Marian]] doesn't marry him. On their wedding day, the Sheriff decides to hang some of them anyways, starting with a kid, before Robin rescues them all. The Sheriff then [[AttemptedRape tries to force himself on Marian]] as the Bishop is saying the wedding vows.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** Music/MichaelKamen's opening theme.
** Not to mention that the film's production company, Morgan Creek, went on to use this as their logo fanfare for subsequent films.
** Music/BryanAdams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" is one awesome power ballad.
* DracoInLeatherPants: The Sheriff of Nottingham gets this treatment, with many female fans finding him more attractive than the hero. It probably helps that Creator/AlanRickman's performance is played to such hammy perfection that he steals pretty much every scene he appears in.
** That and the fact that he's, you know, Creator/AlanRickman.
* HamAndCheese: Rickman's Sheriff is easily the best thing in the movie.
** When he won the 1992 BAFTA Award for "Best Supporting Actor" for the role, his acceptance speech was:
-->''Thank you. This will be a helpful reminder to me that subtlety isn't everything!''
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The movie was a complete success in Spain, and it appears on television at least once a year with pretty good rates. It helped that it got a SuperlativeDubbing which eliminated the weirdness of Costner NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent while keeping Alan Rickman's HamAndCheese intact (although it had a couple of instances of BlindIdiotTranslation).
* NeverLiveItDown: Kevin Costner still gets ribbed on for playing a ''British'' hero without a proper British accent -- sometimes affectionately, sometimes not. Never mind the fact that a modern British accent would have been no more accurate than an American accent.
* NewerThanTheyThink: Rumor has it that this film borrows several elements from ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' (including the Moorish Merry Man and a dose of Celtic mysticism) because the writer hadn't done enough research to realize that ''Robin of Sherwood'' had invented those bits, and thought they were standard parts of the legend.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Creator/SeanConnery as King UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart. In an ''uncredited'' role, no less.
** '''Creator/BrianBlessed''' as Lord Locksley.
* SoBadItsGood: Nobody will ever call this a masterpiece, but it has its entertainment value nevertheless.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Twice, someone goes crashing through an alleged stained-glass window. Both times, it's painfully apparent that the windows are colored paper.
* SpiritualAdaptation: One of many RobinHood films to to the novel {{Ivanhoe}}.
* WeirdAlEffect: Some people are more familiar with the Creator/MelBrooks [[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights spoof]] than this.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/box-of-robin-hood-prince-of-thieves-tiein-breakfas,26456/ Prince of Thieves breakfast cereal]]. A breakfast cereal based on a movie that starts with someone's hand being cut off and keeps going.
* WTHCastingAgency: Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Christian Slater as Will Scarlet and Sean Connery, already in his sixties, playing a character who died at age 42.
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