Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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.

Purple_Girl

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.

Bishop73

Question: Mortianna is seen practicing some sort of magic, and in the extended addition we see the Sheriff "praying" (I think) in front of an upside-down crucifix. And he assures Mortianna that his true faith lies in the "old ways." I'm trying to figure out: Is this art Mortianna and the Sheriff practice supposed to be Devil worship? Black magic with no real base, that they just invented for the movie? A form of pre-Christian religion, e.g. something like the Druidic religions of pre-Roman Britain? For the life of me, I can't put my finger on it.

Chosen answer: It is a type of witchcraft which involves devil worship, yes.

Phixius

Question: What was Sheriff of Nottingham trying to do to Marian in the church, (when he's on top of her trying to hold her down)in the middle of their wedding? At first I thought he was trying to rape her but he would hardly do that in front of a priest in a church.

Chosen answer: That's exactly what he's trying to do. He doesn't care what the priest thinks. He wants to consummate the marriage so it can't be considered invalid. A marriage could be annulled if a couple didn't consummate the marriage.

Shannon Jackson

Question: When Robin and Azeem are catapulted into the castle near the end, Will says something just after the go. I thought he said "Well BLOW me, they made it", but another site says that he swears, if he did the film wouldn't be a PG would it? And when the film was shown on the television, he didn't say anything. So does anyone know the actual line?

Chosen answer: He says "Fuck me, he cleared it". However, this was most likely changed for other formats (TV, airline showings etc) to make it more family-friendly. The original is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK8tyQZVfcc.

Twotall

Question: In the scene where Fannie is having trouble giving birth as the baby is breeched, how does Azeem deliver Fannie's baby?

Chosen answer: While it is never explicitly shown, it is implied that Azeem performed a Cesarean Section.

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Sheriff of Nottingham: Locksley! I'm gonna cut your heart out with a spoon.
Robin Hood: Then it begins.

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Mistakes

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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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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