'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'June 14, 1991
Synopsis: Returning from imprisonment in the Crusades, Robin of Locksley returns to England to find his home burned and his father murdered, accused of worshiping the devil. Robin quickly gains the attention of the Sheriff of Nottingham, who in the King’s absence is ruling over England and oppressing people for his own gain. Intending to clear his family’s name and take back the country, Robin joins forces with other outlaws to Nottingham’s rule to keep Nottingham from joining with the King’s enemies against England.
Legacy: While the film was a financial success, being the second highest grossing film of the year, and brought the story of Robin Hood back into pop culture, critical opinions were mixed. Most critics greatly praised the performances of Morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman, while bashing Kevin Costner for his Americanized Robin Hood (Costner apparently had great difficulty using an English accent) and accused the story of being incoherent. Costner was awarded the Golden Raspberry for Worst Actor, and Christian Slater was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor. Costner’s performance as Robin Hood ended up being a source of humor in other shows and parodies like ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ where Carey Elwes states, “Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.” In versions dubbed into other languages where Robin wouldn’t have an English accent, the line is changed to, “Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I don’t dance with wolves.”