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->''"LOCKSLEY! I'm going to cut your heart out... with a SPOON!"''
-->--'''The Sheriff'''

A 1991 movie starring Creator/KevinCostner in the title role. The story is familiar; Robin, a crusader, escapes Jerusalem alongside a Muslim named Azeem (Creator/MorganFreeman), and they return to England. They discover that Robin's father (Creator/BrianBlessed) has been killed by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Creator/AlanRickman), who is also now apparently a [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade devil worshipper]]. They become outlaws, and steal from the rich and give to the poor. Men are made merry, [[{{Swashbuckler}} buckles are swashed]] and they all live HappilyEverAfter. (Except the Sheriff, obviously.)

The movie opened to decent reviews and was nominated for quite a few awards, including an Oscar. Noted for Kevin Costner NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent and Alan Rickman's [[HamAndCheese gloriously hamtastic performance]].

The Creator/MelBrooks 1993 parody ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' largely lampoons this movie, although it acknowledges other elements of the legend.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: The movie excises Prince John entirely so as to give Robin a single, more direct nemesis in the Sheriff of Nottingham. It also pares down what are, in some adaptations of the myth, LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters from the Merry Men.
* AdaptationExpansion: At the same time, the movie strives to give Robin and those Merry Men a much more thorough background, pulling aspects from various other adaptations and adding a few new ones of its own.
* AgainstMyReligion: Azeem, a Muslim, is forbidden by his faith from drinking alcohol. Friar Tuck doesn't have this limitation.
-->'''Friar Tuck:''' Let us open a bottle and do our best to save each other's souls.\\
'''Azeem:''' Alas, I am not permitted.\\
'''Friar Tuck:''' Fine, then; you talk, I'll drink.
* AltarTheSpeed: The Sheriff rushes Marian up to the Bishop's chambers and orders him to marry them. He keeps telling him to go faster and faster as Robin is pounding down the door.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: The Sheriff blackmails Marian in to marrying him by threatening the lives of the children he captured in the raid on the Merry Men's camp.
* ArcWords: "I would die for [you/her]." Also shows up in the song "Everything I Do I Do For You."
* ArrowCam
* ArrowsOnFire: It's a RobinHood movie, after all.
** The Sheriff's men also use flaming arrows (and flaming catapults) when trying to kill the outlaws in the ''[[ViolationOfCommonSense forest]]''. Robin and and the other Merry Men are appropriately horrified.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Robin and Azeem somehow get off a boat in the south, wander all the way to the north of England and Hadrian's Wall, then double back to Nottingham in less than a day.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The opening credits feature the Bayeux Tapestry, which dates from the 11th century and depicts the recent Norman conquest of England. The film is set in the 12th century, during the Third Crusade. This is akin to showing images from UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution in the opening to a movie about UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.
** When UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart shows up at the end, Robin greets him as "Your Majesty." The English sovereign wasn't called "Majesty" until the reign of Henry VIII, three centuries later.
** They also seemed to forget that Richard only spent about six months of his entire reign in England. He also forgave John and instead focused on regaining territory in France. Though this last bit is absent from pretty much ''every single version'' of the Robin Hood legend.
** There is also ''no way in hell'' that Marian, even as King Richard's cousin, would address him so familiarly as "Richard!", or not at least curtsy in his presence.
** Not to mention Richard was only 42 when he died, much younger than [[spoiler:Creator/SeanConnery]] was the time of filming.
** The song Will Scarlet sings to mock Robin when Robin and the Merry Men first meet is set to the melody of "Pop Goes the Weasel," the first recorded mention of which is found in the mid-19th century. Granted, it probably originates from an earlier time, but not ''five hundred years'' earlier.
** Barbarian Celts, more befitting Roman times, during the era of the Crusades.
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: In the audio commentary, MorganFreeman admits to not having done enough research to know that Muslims do not pray with hands clasped, as Christians do.
* AttemptedRape: As soon as the bishop declares them man and wife, the Sheriff proceeds to force himself on Marian.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: In the middle of the Celts' raid on the Merry Men's camp, Robin starts dumping chestfuls of gold coins on the bloodthirsty marauders. And they stop right in their tracks to pick up said booty, every last one of them, seeming to completely forget about the raging battle surrounding them that they initiated.
** When he is StormingTheCastle, Robin pauses to do a DoubleTake at the Sheriff's statue, which previously was defaced to include the scar Robin gave him. Though as noted below it's almost more of a ChekhovsGun.
* AwardBaitSong: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
* BadassPreacher: Friar Tuck is just as good a fighter as any of the other Merry Men. When he's sober, anyway.
* BerserkButton: Many characters have them. Most notably is Friar Tuck, who is righteously angry at the corrupt Bishop.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Marian hesitantly accepts the Sheriff's wedding proposal when he implies that he will execute her handmaiden and the children captured in the raid on Robin's camp otherwise.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Happily averted; Azeem is still standing by the time credits roll]].
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: By a ''[[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks thrown sword]]'', no less.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: While he's actually addressing Marian and Robin, Friar Tuck looks right at the camera and appears to be speaking to the audience with the last line of the movie.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Sheriff of Nottingham embodies pretty much any and all indicators of {{cartoonish supervillainy}}, up to and including [[HollywoodSatanism Satan worship]].
** In his defense, it more seemed to be Mortianna involved in those things; the Sheriff goes to her for advice and (somewhat reluctantly) goes along with certain things, but there's little to show he actively practices any of it himself.
*** Case in point, he does insist on a ''Christian'' priest performing his wedding to Marian. Heck, the fact alone that he waits to be officially married before forcing himself on her shows that he does have ''some'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]].
*** However, in the extended cut of the film, there is a scene where Mortianna advises him to seek aid "from those who share our god." And said Christian priest is also a willing stooge of the Sheriff, albeit mainly out of cowardice than conviction. Make of it what you will.
* CatScare: When Marian is trying to locate the source of a sound, a hissing cat leaps onto the table before her, just before a soldier throws her down onto it.
* CatapultToGlory: Robin and Azeem are thrown over the castle wall by catapult after the Sheriff orders the gate closed.
* ChekhovsGun: The knife Nottingham gave to Marian.
** Similarly, the statue that the Sheriff had made of himself, which gets used as a battering ram in the climax. Also counts as a ChekhovsGag as various characters pause to look at the scar that someone added to the statue after Robin and the Sheriff's first fight.
** The portrait of a young Robin (seen hanging in Locksley Hall early in the film) looks an awful lot like [[spoiler:Will Scarlet, who is secretly his illegitimate half-brother]].
* ChekhovsSkill: Firing an arrow amidst distractions.
* ChildByRape: What Mortianna wants the Sheriff to beget by Marian. When he drags her into the chapel for the forced marriage, Mortianna declares that Marian is "ripe" and will produce a son.
* CloseCallHaircut: Robin cuts off a lock of the Sheriff's hair during the final fight.
* [[CorruptChurch Corrupt Clergyman]]: The Bishop of Hereford is a textbook example. He willingly works with the Satan-worshipping Mortianna and the Sheriff of Nottingham to sanction marital rape, all for money. After [[BigDamnHeroes Robin and Azeem interrupt the ceremony]], the Bishop flees into another room and starts trying to pack up as much treasure as he can before fleeing. Of course, that's when [[BadassPreacher Friar Tuck]] comes in...
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: The TropeNamer. Guy of Gisborne eventually works up the nerve to ask the Sheriff [[StatingTheSimpleSolution why he wouldn't just use a knife...]]
-->'''Nottingham''': Because it's ''dull'', you twit! [[ColdBloodedTorture It'll hurt more!]]
* TheCrusades: Where Robin and Marian's brother Peter have been for the last few years, and where UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart still is during most of the movie.
* DeathByChildbirth: Averted, but Fanny comes awfully close until Azeem steps in.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Robin's father finds that he is alone against a few dozen men loyal to the Sheriff, who give him one last chance to join them.
-->'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis GOD... AND...]] [[BattleCry KING RICHARD!]]'''
* DestinationDefenestration / DisneyVillainDeath: How Friar Tuck deals with the corrupt Bishop.
* DisneyDeath: Robin swings from a burning rope. It breaks; he falls; everyone assumes he's dead. Guess what.
* DueToTheDead:
** When Robin gets home and finds out what's become of his father in his absence, his first action (after he gets over his very understandable freak-out) is to give his father a proper burial.
** Later, the same care is given to those who lose their lives during the woodland invasion.
** Robin keeping his promise to Peter, to deliver his ring to Marian and offer her his protection, may also count as this trope.
* ExactWords: When Friar Tuck confronts the corrupt bishop, he promises not to "strike a fellow man of the cloth." He then loads him up with his ill-gotten gold and [[DestinationDefenestration defenestrates him]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After all the horrible things he's done, the Sheriff is outraged at the notion of forcing himself on Marian before they are properly married. He seemed to have no problem with forcing her ''after'' they were married though.
** He also balks at recruiting the Celts, describing them as "eaters of their dead".
* EvilSoundsDeep: Michael Wincott as Guy of Gisborne.
* EyeScream: Duncan, Lord Locksley's retainer, had his eyes cut out because he refused to believe the accusations leveled at his master. The fact that he's the only servant left on the Locksley estate when Robin arrives suggests he might have been the only one who resisted.
** Robin kills the executioner by shooting him in the eye with a flaming arrow to keep him from executing the outlaws.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Robin impaling the Sheriff with the knife given by Marian. It actually impales his heart.]]
* {{Fanfare}}: The opening music.
* FauxAffablyEvil: For all his LargeHam and LaughablyEvil tendencies, the Sheriff of Nottingham is ''WORSE'' here than he is almost ever portrayed. He is not only a murderous asshole, he is a ''devil worshipper''.
* FollowTheLeader: The film duplicates so much from the immortal series ''RobinOfSherwood'' that the creators of the latter actually briefly wondered whether they should sue. They quickly decided against the inevitable hassle and stresses, and just waved it all off.
* FriendToAllChildren: Friar Tuck. When the Sheriff's men infiltrate the forest dwelling, he rounds up several of the kids and herds them to safety.
-->'''Friar Tuck:''' This way, my lambs.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Sheriff invites the Celtian chieftan to the council with his allies, one of them questions his abilities. The chieftan takes a burning log out of the fireplace and calmly presses it against his own palm. Others are impressed and the council continues, while, in the background, the chieftan is visibly stiffling a scream, even biting his hand.
* GodHelpUsAll: As the Celts prepare to attack the village, Azeem gasps "Allah be merciful."
* GroinAttack: This is how the brief fight between Robin and an armored Lady Marian ends.
** Also part of how Robin defeats Little John in their fight is to sneak up on him and hit him in the crotch with the staff.
* HeroicBastard: Will Scarlet, who is [[spoiler:Robin's illegitimate half-brother]].
* HolierThanThou: The Bishop.
* ImStandingRightHere: A rather amusing use of this, as the recently-blinded Duncan curses the Moors and Saracens, with Azeem sitting right next to him.
-->'''Duncan:''' Curse those Moors and Saracens. Were it not for their ungodly ways, Master Robin would never have left. [''{{beat}}''] What manner of name is "Azeem?" Irish? Cornish?
-->'''Azeem:''' ''Moorish''.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Both played straight and subverted. The subversion is in Robin actually ''missing'' a shot. Sure, he was DistractedByTheSexy (so to speak), but come on. He's ''Robin Hood''.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: The Sheriff of Nottingham punches out [[YouHaveFailedMe an unfortunate henchman]] who's wearing a helmet and a chainmail coif, and doesn't even flinch.
* IOweYouMyLife: Azeem's whole reason for being in England.
* JoinOrDie: The Sheriff of Nottingham gives Lord Locksley the choice to join up or die. Cue DyingMomentOfAwesome.
* KickTheDog: The Sheriff of Nottingham [[CardCarryingVillain embraces his role as the bad guy]]:
-->'''Sheriff of Nottingham:''' Wait a minute. Robin Hood steals money from my pocket, forcing me to hurt the public, and they love him for it?\\
''[Scribe nods]''\\
'''Sheriff:''' That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans. No more merciful beheadings. ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And call off Christmas!]]''
* LargeHam: Creator/AlanRickman. Oh so very much. He only took the part on the condition that he got to play it however he wanted.
** '''{{BRIAN BLESSED}}''' AND SeanConnery are in the movie. [[OneSceneWonder AND they both only have one scene]].
** Nick Brimble (Little John) sometimes seems to be making up for {{BRIAN BLESSED}} only having one scene by doing a damn good imitation of him in half his own scenes.
* LicensedGame: Received a video game adaptation for the NES. [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2007/01/30/robin-hood-prince-of-thieves-nes-review/ Spoony reviews it here]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: The witch to the sheriff. She was plotting all along to put her and her husband's bloodline on the British throne and she's a Bride of Satan.
* MamaBear and PapaWolf: Fanny and Little John, who are this way about each other as well as their kids.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Wulf, the eldest son of Fanny and Little John, has seven younger brothers and sisters (the youngest of whom is born midway through the film). Wulf is the only one whose name is ever mentioned.
* MedievalMorons: Most of the Merry Men.
* {{Misblamed}}: A meta-example, the film is rather notorious for the fact most of the cast lack a British Accent. What we consider a British accent today is a fairly recent innovation, and having characters speak with said accent doesn't make them any more or any less accurate to the time period.
* {{Multishot}}: Robin fires two arrows at the same time.
** There's even a [[LampshadeHanging nice nod to the improbability of this]] as a quick shot shows Robin biting some of the fletching off one of the arrows, presumably to make it go wide and hit a second target.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The Sheriff of Nottingham somehow makes the order to "close the gate" sound utterly badass.
* NeutralFemale: During the final fight between Robin and the Sheriff, Marian ([[JustifiedTrope who is unarmed]]), does her best to stay out of the way, though she doesn't hesitate to [[ImprovisedWeaponUser throw whatever she can get her hands on]] at the Sheriff when his back is to her.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Wulf recognizes Will in the crowd on his way to be hung. Angry over [[spoiler:his apparent betrayal, he attacks him. When the Sheriff recognizes Will in the scuffle, he adds him to the condemned. When the hangman comes up short a noose due to the addition, he ties Will to the planted barrel of gun powder. Now Robin can't shoot the barrel to save them.]]
* NiceJobGuidingUsHero: The bad guys specifically let old, blind servant Duncan escape so he can lead them back into Robin's encampment.
--> '''Will Scarlet''': ''(With more pity than malice)'' Poor old blind fool led 'em straight to us.
* NiceToTheWaiter: We know Marian's a good person because she treats her servants well and she brings purses full of money to church on Sunday to give to the poor. Conversely, we know the Sheriff's a jackass for many reasons, but among them are the way he treats his scribe and Guy of Gisborne (who is his own ''cousin'' in this).
* NoodleIncident: We never learn what caused Azeem to be imprisoned, other than that it involved a woman named Jasmine.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent:
** Costner's Robin Hood mostly sounds like he's from Nebraska.
** Also SeanConnery, but that goes without saying.
** Also, Christian Slater.
** Hence, Creator/MelBrooks did the famous TakeThat when in ''[[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights Men in Tights]]'', his Robin comments "Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with a British accent". Then again, the language used in England in the 12th century was nothing like what we call British today (Received Pronunciation/Standard English being recent developments). It wasn't even English, but Anglo-Norman French.
* OhCrap: Duncan's reaction to learning, belatedly, that Azeem is a Moor. A more serious one is after the Merry Men defend their forest home from hired thugs. Robin looks out towards the Nottingham soldiers in the distance, with flaming arrows and trebuchets, and says "My God" in sheer terror.
* OutdoorBathPeeping: Gender reversed.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Fuck me, he cleared it!"
* PreMortemOneLiner: Brother Tuck telling the corrupt bishop to "use his 30 silver pieces to pay his fare to Hell" before throwing him and his ill-gotten gains out a window.
* ProducePelting: As the sentenced-to-hanging men are led out to the gallows.
* ReCut: The extended version adds in 12 minutes of new footage, including an entire subplot with the Sheriff and Mortianna. [[spoiler: She's his biological mother and uses him as a pawn in her EvilPlan to get Nottingham on the throne in King Richard's absence.]]
* RecycledTrailerMusic: Disney uses the main fanfare in the promotional clip that plays as soon as one of their [=DVDs=] is loaded.
* RelativeButton: Guy of Gisbourne intentionally pushes the button, mocking the death of Robin's father to make Robin attempt to fight him right then, when Guy is surrounded by mooks, and be duly slaughtered. Fortunately for Robin, Azeem was there to talk some sense into him.
-->'''Guy:''' Your father died a coward, cursing your name and squealing like a stuck pig!\\
'''Azeem:''' [Grabs Robin as he starts to move toward Guy] You will bring no justice to your father by dying today!
* TheResenter: Will Scarlet towards Robin. In the latter half of the movie, we find out why when Will reveals that [[spoiler:he's Robin's illegitimate half-brother.]]
* RousingSpeech: Azeemís speech to the people of Nottingham, which doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* RunningGag: Robin seems incapable of meeting ''anyone'' without getting in a fight.
* SamusIsAGirl: Marian is introduced masked, and it's not until she lets out a high-pitched scream when Robin sticks her hand in a candle that her identity is revealed.
* SayMyName: Marian's infamous "Robiiin!" and his slightly more restrained "Marian!". Robin's Father uses this as a BattleCry, screaming his loyalty to King Richard during his last fight.
* ScaryBlackMan: Azeem to the British. Less so to audience, considering he's played by Creator/MorganFreeman.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Kevin Costner in the movie poster.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The Sheriff and his conspirators.
* ShootTheRope: To save the kid! Played with in that Robin has to shoot it twice, as the first arrow only frays it.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To both ''RobinOfSherwood'' and ''Film/RobinAndMarian'' in its own ways.
* StopDrowningAndStandUp: Robin and Little have this conversation after they're both knocked into the water after a quarterstaff battle;
-->'''Robin of Locksley:''' Do you yield?
-->'''John Little:''' I bloody can't swim!
-->'''Robin of Locksley:''' Do you yield?
-->'''John Little:''' Yes!
-->'''Robin of Locksley:''' Good. Now put your feet down.
-->'''John Little:''' ''[finds that he is standing in less than 2 feet of water]'' I'll be buggered.
* StormingTheCastle
* StoutStrength: Brother Tuck is able to pull a ''horse cart'' full of wine barrels after Robin takes him hostage and makes him pull the cart back to the outlaws hideout.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Little John can't swim at all, and concedes defeat to Robin when he thinks he might drown. It turns that the water in which he's floundering only comes up to his thighs.
* {{Swashbuckler}}
* SwordOverHead
* SwordSparks: Mostly against stone pillars.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Azeem chucks his sword at Mortiana while she is in full sprint, and hits her square on. And she goes ''[[BlownAcrossTheRoom flying across the room]]'' and hits the wall! It's hinted there may be something mystical at work here, as Mortiana prophesies that Azeem will be the one to kill her, something he seems to feel as well. Averted a few minutes before this, when Robin's sword breaks a little above the hilt, and he throws the remainder at the Sheriff.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Well, they're not peaceful, and they're not villagers, but they're farmers who have no combat training.
* TrickedIntoEscaping: Duncan is allowed to escape so that he can be [[TrickAndFollowPloy followed back to Robin's camp]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Marian at times.
* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler:Will Scarlet, who was the son of Robin's father and a woman he was involved with after the death of Robin's mother. Lord Locksley broke it off with the woman (and basically abandoned his second son) because the affair upset Robin.]]
* ViewersAreMorons: As the {{Misblamed}} and {{NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent}} entries can attest, the jokes about this movie, and KevinCostner by extension, not sporting British accents is so common it's [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny not even funny anymore]], even more so for people who know from the get-go that a modern British accent is no better than Costner's American one.
* ViolentGlaswegian
-->'''Mortianna:''' Recruit the beasts that share our god.
-->'''Sheriff of Nottingham:''' Animals?
-->'''Mortianna:''' From the North.
-->'''Sheriff of Nottingham:''' You mean Celts. They drink the blood of their dead.
* WaterfallShower: Taken by Robin.
* WeddingDay: The finale.
* WeddingDeadline: The Sheriff actually gets married to Marian before Robin can stop it, but he dies pretty shortly thereafter. Happens again when King Richard interrupts Robin's and Marian's wedding.
* WorldOfHam: To be expected with a cast like Creator/AlanRickman and '''BrianBlessed'''.
* YouAllMeetInACell: Robin and Azeem.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The Sheriff disembowels Guy of Gisborne after stating "I can't allow a lieutenant to fail me". (At least he didn't use [[IronicEcho a spoon]].) Made arguably worse by the fact that Guy is the Sheriff's cousin, and only seconds before the killing, [[MoodWhiplash the Sheriff had been embracing and consoling him over the failure]].
* YouKilledMyFather: The Sheriff did this to Lord Locksley, which he makes clear to Robin when they confront each other for the big climax.
** [[spoiler:More in the sense of You Stole My Father, Will Scarlett blames Robin for their father leaving his mother. In the end, the two reconcile.]]
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