Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Corrected entry: When Fanny says she wants to help in the fight, John says, "Are you on bleeding crack, girl?" Somehow I doubt the substance or the saying existed at the time.


Correction: He doesn't say "Are you on bleeding crack?" What he says is "Have you gone bleedin' cracked?"

Garlonuss Premium member

Corrected entry: When Robin uses the "telescope" by the laws of physics the image should appear upside-down. Yet the image incorrectly appears right-side-up.

Correction: This error would be true were there only one lens in the telescope. However, this is not the case. When we get our first look at the telescope, the big lens has already been placed and we can see him placing the second lens in the back before fastening it shut.

Garlonuss Premium member

Corrected entry: By the time Robin and Azeem reach England, they have been traveling together for four months. And yet, in the scene by the wall, Robin asks Azeem very personal (and expositional) questions that he definitely would have asked earlier during those four months. Why were you in jail, what does your name mean, etc.

Correction: There are also other people in the boat besides Robin and Azeem. Given the fact they are fugitives, it's quite possible they didn't want to reveal any personal information about themselves until they arrived safely in England.

True, although it wouldn't have taken four months to sail from Jerusalem to England so, that obviously made their way across land. Additionally the comments is made regarding the smell of garlic, which is generally associated with France, hence a strong indication that they embarked in France.

Corrected entry: The Sheriff tells two girls to be at his room at 10:30 and 10:45. The concept of the 24 hour clock had not yet been thought of - it was thought of by a group of monks who needed to know when to start their morning prayers in the 1330's.

Correction: But there's nothing there to say he is using the 24 hour clock. 10 pm in 24 hr is 2200 - which he doesn't say. 10.30 / 10.45 is in 12 hr mode, which is fine. Even if the mistake refers to modern time conventions, it's acceptable given that language back then would be near-incomprehensible to us now anyway - this is just another example of dialogue being "translated" into modern English.

Chimera Premium member

Corrected entry: The Sheriff says something like "It's a wonder I'm still sane." at one point. Surely the concept of sanity didn't come about until centuries later?

Correction: The word 'sane' comes from the Latin word 'sanus' meaning healthy (as in mind). Why wouldn't the concept of sanity have been around? By the time in the movie, Latin was no longer a living language, so the word 'sanus' would not have been made up after the 12th century. Just because there were no shrinks or insane asylums doesn't mean no one was crazy.

Corrected entry: The portrayal of the Celts is not particularly accurate. The Celts were not even that wild or barbarous when Caesar first encountered them in 55 BC. During the Roman occupation many Celts became Romanised and "civilised." By the 12th century most Celts lived in the North, the West (Wales), or the Southwest (Cornwall), but other than their language, they were basically the same as anyone else in the country. They weren't wild men living in the forest wearing animal skins. They look more like Picts than Celts, although there were no Picts like that by that time either, and the Picts were definitely not Celtic.

Correction: The Sheriff is supposedly racist for one thing. For another, they're identified as hired thugs or mercenaries. Probably violent Celt outcasts.

Corrected entry: The first person to use sutures on wounds - instead of cauterizing them with boiling oil or some such thing - was Ambroise Paré, who lived from 1520-1590, after the time period in which the sheriff is shown having his wound stitched.

Correction: Actually, stitches were used as far back as the Romans, whose medical tradition was referenced extensively by the medievals. (There's a horrifying little bit of history about how Cato after Caesar's victory tried to kill himself by stabbing himself, but fell over some furniture, and his family heard him, "put his bowels back in" and got him medical help in time. Then they took his knife away and thought he was safe, but he managed to rip out his stitches, and bleed to death.) Cautery won't stop major bleeding, or keep open skin together, after all. I've read that castle ladies used to practice stitching-up on the carcases of pigs before they were roasted: medical dummy and dinner all in one.

Corrected entry: This happens at the beginning of the battle with the Celts when Robin runs up the hill to fire a few arrows at them. When he kills the first one, you can clearly see he leans back on his horse before the arrow hits him in the chest.

Correction: He may have been trying to dodge the arrow.

Corrected entry: It's Hadrian's Wall where Freeman and Costner first encounter the Sheriff's men (the tree the mistletoe is growing on is an apple tree. Been there, no doubt about it). So are we to understand that they landed at Dover, schlepped all the way to the Scottish border, and then backtracked to Nottingham?

Correction: Although the location used is Hadrian's Wall, there is no indication that it is supposed to be Hadrian's Wall in the movie. I think it is just supposed to be some sort of boundary wall.

J I Cohen

Corrected entry: In the scene where Robin is taking a bath at the foot of the waterfall, you can see a tan line from swim trunks when he walks under the waterfall.

Correction: Robin has just recently completed a long journey from Jerusalem, who knows what tan lines he might have.

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: In the scene where Robin shoots his arrow to cut down Wolf from the noose, we get a close up side view of the arrow flying. The arrowhead is slid over the shaft - this is different than the way they were making the arrows in the camp. In this scene they were making a type of arrowhead that is fitted into the split shaft and tied on.

Correction: It is quite possible this could be an arrow stolen from the soldiers in one of the highway robbings, or reused from the attack on the forest hideout.

Sol Parker

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.

Tailkinker Premium member

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: Azeem first wounds the witch with the spear outside the room that Marian and the Sheriff are being married in. Then in a later scene when the witch attacks Robin, and Azeem kills her with his sword she has miraculously made it back into the room even though Azeem has not yet broken down the door.

Correction: The Witch obviously knows secret passages and other doors within the castle. She could've used one of them.

Factual error: When Marian is embroidering at home, she is singing to herself "Le chant des oiseaux", which Renaissance composer Clement Janequin didn't write until the 16th century.

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Guy of Gisbourne: Why a spoon, cousin? Why not an axe?
Sheriff of Nottingham: Because it's dull, you twit! It'll hurt more!

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Trivia: When the villagers are pushing the catapult to the castle so they can get Robin and Azeem inside, the person on the very right of the screen is wearing the same clothes as Will and has the same hair style, but it is definitely not Christian Slater. It is his stunt double.

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Question: Who exactly are the masked cult of which the Sheriff is a member, shown at the beginning when he unmasks and demands that Robin's father join them or die? If memory serves, the cult and the Sheriff's affiliation with them isn't referenced again at any point in the film. I know the Sheriff and the Witch are dark magic practitioners, but that was suggested to be a private thing between them in the bowels of the castle.


Chosen answer: The masked men weren't part of a cult, they were the Sheriff's soldiers, the same ones that Robin meets when he first returns home. They are just in hoods and masks to appear intimidating while trying to kill the noblemen, like Locksley.


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