Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Corrected entry: When Robin battles the Sheriff's men under the tree by the wall, he takes a crossbow from the horse and shoots one of the men in the stomach. Moments later after the battle the soldier can be seen with the arrow protruding from his head.

Correction: Robin shoots two men with crossbows: one in the stomach through his hand, one in the head.


Corrected entry: During the religious service we see noblemen and women sitting on benches - benches were not introduced in churches until the 19th century.

Correction: No they were not. I live in Suffolk, England: many churches had benches by the end of the middle ages. Many churches just in Suffolk have fifteenth century bench ends (Woolpit, Blythburgh, Wordwell). In fact, all English churches probably had benches and seats for the congregation by the sixteenth century. A recent specialist study "Pews, Benches And Chairs" edited by Trevor Cooper and Sarah Brown (Ecclesiological Society, London, 2011) shows that sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century benches, seats and pews are quite common, and that that some thirteenth century benches may still survive in a few churches. So benches in a church in the twelfth century is a possibility.

Rob Halliday

Corrected entry: In the scene when Robin is trying to cross the river, and the Little John's men pull the rope to tip him in, Will Scarlet starts to sing "Pop Goes the Weasel" with different lyrics. The film takes place around 1200 and this song was published in 1855.

António Ferreira Costa

Correction: The LYRICS are from the 1850's, the MUSIC (which is all Will uses) is older. We don't know exactly how old. It was described as "an Old English Dance" on a sheet of music dating back to 1853, and that's just when it was written down, not the first time anybody ever put those notes together.

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Corrected entry: In one scene we see Maid Marian weaving the Bayeaux Tapestry. The original tapestry is a Norman French document, made in Bayeaux France. In a time when the vast majority of the population was illiterate, the Tapestry's images were designed to tell the story of the conquest of England from the Norman perspective. Thus, Marian's weaving of it would make her a traitor.

Correction: It is unlikely that Marian would have been working on the Bayeux Tapestry in the 12th century, as it was almost certainly made in the 11th century. That rather important point aside, many historians now argue the Bayeux Tapestry was created in Kent very possibly by Anglo-Saxon women who had the appropriate embroidery skills for this particular style. Plus the Anglo-Saxon nobility was not 'wiped out', though it was indeed heavily reduced in size and power after 1066 and gradually assimilated. Therefore Marian could easily be of Anglo-Saxon descent and identify herself as such.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Will Scarlet is presented to the Sheriff of Nottingham after being discovered in the crowd at the execution, the sheriff calls Will a "turncoat". The term "turncoat" did not originate until the American Revolutionary War.

Correction: The entire film is presented in modern-day English, despite the fact that this would bear only a limited resemblance to what would actually have been spoken at the time. As such, present day terminology has been used to allow audiences to understand what's going on. This is a dramatic convention and is not considered a mistake.

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Corrected entry: While Azeem is off praying, Robin fights the men attempting to capture the young poacher. As Robin defeats the men, careful viewers will notice Azeem climb down the rock wall, climb back up, and once more, climb down to join Robin.

Correction: While it certainly appears that Azeem climbs down the climbs back up, the author failed to write that the first time, Azeem tries to descend backwards, and the second time tries descends forwards. It is not climbing down then up, then down again. It is merely a failed attempt to descend the first time, while successful on the second.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film, Robin climbs on to the catapult, followed by Azeem, who moves his sword as though putting it in a sheath, but you can clearly see he either misses or there is no sheath, and so he just holds it there. When the two are catapulted in the next shot, both of Azeem's hands can be seen flailing and the sword can be seen fixed at his waist.

Correction: There's no sheath, but the sword is in his belt. He simply rests his hand on it, he's not holding it in place.

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Corrected entry: Robin's sword bends when he presses it against Guy of Gisborne's throat.

Correction: Longsword blades are made to have spring and flexibility. "Cheaper" blades will bend too much, eventually warping permanently. Robin was probably using a poorly made sword as he had no time to acquire a quality blade.


Corrected entry: When Robin and John are fighting in the river, John has his stick under Robin's, and forces it around in a 360 degree motion twice - once in the wide shot, and immediately again in the closeup.


Correction: It is very likely that John made the circular move twice in a row. There is no reason to assume he did it only once.


Corrected entry: What's that 'arrow-cam' shot all about? Later on in the film Robin shoots at the hanging ropes and the arrow spins. This is correct for arrows travelling in a straight line. Its physically impossible for an arrow to weave and wobble in the way that the 'arrow-cam' shows and travel in a perfectly straight line.

Correction: Arrows bend and wobble in flight. As shown by slow-motion video of a flying arrow.


Corrected entry: When Robin, Azeem, and Duncan are escaping Maid Marian's place and the soldiers, they come upon one of those rock walls. It is run down and sometimes is built up, sometimes is crumbled. They decide to crash through a built-up part instead of jumping over the crumbled section a couple of feet over.

Correction: High intensity, spur of the moment decisions use very little logic. This was a character choice, not a movie mistake.


Corrected entry: When Robin is attempting to rescue Marian from the chapel, he holds the scribe against the wall with his sword. You can clearly see the fake sword bending as too much pressure is applied against the Scribe's chest.

Correction: Actually this was done on purpose it is not a mistake, Kevin Costner included it as a homage to Errol Flynn as when Errol played Robin Hood and would pin the bad guy to the wall the sword would bend, hence thats why theres a long shot of it as it moves round to Azim.


Corrected entry: When Marian is being chased by the Sheriff up the stairs, she's got a bare backside. Later, when he's trying to have his way with her, she's wearing bloomers.

Correction: Incorrect, if you still frame it she is wearing knickers, They are tight but you can definitely tell she is not "bare". The material stretches as she climbs the stairs across her backside.

Corrected entry: When the sheriff's men are robbing a church, they post a "wanted" sign for Robin Hood. From the front the sign looks fine, but from the side it looks very shiny, like it's laminated.


Correction: It's oiled to protect the ink from the elements.

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Corrected entry: When the outlaws' hideout in Sherwood Forest is attacked 'by surprise' there are a large number of heavy catapults, which attack the hideout. Given the density of the forest and the size of the catapults, it probably would have taken over a week to get them in position.

Correction: They were assembled on site. While travelling through the forest, they were much more compact allowing them to be moved very quickly.

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Corrected entry: Freeman uses a retractable telescope, which wasn't invented until 1608. While lenses, etc. had been developed earlier and in different areas of the world, it is simply not possible that he would have a working telescope that early. See:

Correction: The "telescope" that he uses is 2 lens at ends of a rolled piece of leather. Polished lens with optical properties such as the Visby lens have been found in the 11th century tombs of Vikings. As the Arab world of the time was more advanced in many scientific areas, it is not inconceivable that they had developed simple telescopic devices.

Corrected entry: Robin says that the last thing he said to his father was an argument about having a lover in the village (who was Will's mother). He later says that he was 6 years old when this happened. Taking into account the characters' (or at least actors') ages, Robin must have been on the crusades for a very long time and from an unusually young age.

Correction: Robin says he was 12, not 6, when his father had a lover and that he never forgave him. Judging from the actor's ages that makes Will about 20 and Robin early thirties. Earlier he says he's been at the crusades for nearly 6 years, i.e. he would have left when he was in his twenties.

Corrected entry: Given the period in time and the "wanted" posters of Robin,did the Sheriff of Nottingham invent the printing press before Guttenburg or Caxton?

Correction: Why would the posters have to be printed on a printing press? Given that we only see one or two posters throughout the course of the movie, the Sheriff could have had someone draw posters by hand and have them placed in strategic locations.


Corrected entry: When Robin, Azeem, and Duncan are walking through Sherwood Forest, they hear noises and Azeem draws his sword. There's a distinct sound of metal on metal, like a straight sword would make being pulled out. But a Saracen sword can't be drawn out like that, since the tip is larger than the base. But if you look at Azeem's sword sheath, it appears to be exactly the shape and size of the sword. It would have to open up sideways or something to conceivably get the sword out.


Correction: The sheath for Azeem's sword is not open only at the top. It has a slit on the back so the sword may be drawn.

Corrected entry: The mistake pretty much all Robin Hood films make is to have the Sheriff of Nottingham simply called 'Nottingham' by his friends/ peers. This would only be the case with the Earl or Lord of Nottingham who, coincidentally, would have lived in Nottingham Castle (since it would have been his family's). The Sheriff didn't live in Nottingham as his duties covered the whole shire ('shire-reeve'= 'Sheriff'). It'd be like confusing the Governor of California with the Mayor of Los Angeles.

Correction: This isn't necessarily a movie mistake. It sounds more like arrogance on the part of the sheriff, expecting his associates to call him "Nottingham." His enemies do so only because that is what they are accustomed to hearing him called.

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Factual error: Robin and Azeem land at the white cliffs and Robin says something like, 'Tonight we will dine with my father'. Those white cliffs are the Seven Sisters in East Sussex, about 200 miles from Nottingham. It would probably take about two weeks to walk it. They also reach Hadrian's Wall in the next scene, which is 200 miles further north than Nottingham.

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Robin Hood: Look. Mistletoe. Many a maid's lost her resolve to me thanks to this little plant.
Azeem: In my country, we talk to our women. We do not drug them with plants.

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Trivia: There was a series made in the UK (and very popular in many other countries) in the 80's called Robin of Sherwood. One of the characters was a Saracen called Nasir. He was not originally supposed to be one of the regulars, but the actor (Mark Ryan) got on so well with the rest of the cast, the decided not to kill Nasir, but keep him on as one of Robin's men. When Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was in development, a character called Nazeem was written because the writer thought that the Saracen was a traditional part of the legend (along with Little John, Will Scarlet and Marian). The name was changed to Azeem because they found out that the character was unique to Richard Carpenter's Robin of Sherwood. So, thanks to a random piece of casting in the UK in the 80's, we were given Morgan Freeman's Azeem.

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