|Mel Brooks Director||previously directed Life Stinks|
Mel Brooks' re-telling of the Robin Hood story was initially panned by critics on its release, but the film has since become a cult favorite.
This is actually director Mel Brooks' second time telling the story of Robin Hood. His first was the short lived 1975 TV sitcom "When Things Were Rotten"1 More Trivia
Much of the film's plot, including the intro where Robin escapes from a Moorish prison, is taken from Prince of Thieves. Also, when asked why people should listen to him, Cary Elwes responds with, "Unlike some Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent." This is a direct stab at Kevin Costner, who did not even attempt an accent in Prince of Thieves.2 More Movie References
And why should the people listen to you?
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Because unlike some other Robin Hoods, I speak with an English accent.
|J. David Shapiro||Story/Screenplay|
|Cary Elwes||Robin Hood|
|Amy Yasbeck||Maid Marian|
|Dick Van Patten||The Abbot|
|Mel Brooks||Rabbi Tuckman|
|Tracey Ullman||Latrine the Witch|
|Richard Lewis||Prince John|
|Roger Rees||Sheriff of Rottingham|
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Robin of Loxley (Cary Elwes) has been captured in Jerusalem while fighting in the Crusades. He imprisoned after refusing to tell his captors where his king is. He is placed next to Asneeze (Isaac Hayes), who quickly befriends Robin. The two use their strength of feet to stage a prison break. Robin and Asneeze escape to Africa, where the two part ways. Asneeze asks Robin to find and look after his son, an exchange student, upon his return to England.
Soon after his exhausting swim back to England, Robin finds Ahchoo (Dave Chappelle) being assaulted by royal guards. Robin and Ahchoo make fast friends and head to Loxley Hall, only to find that Prince John (Richard Lewis) has seized the family’s holdings for failure to pay back taxes. Also there is the family’s loyal, blind servant, Blinkin (Mark Blankfield), who informs Robin of the deaths of his father, mother, dog, goldfish, and cat. He also presents Robin with a gift from his father, a key to the greatest treasure in all the land. Robin is determined to get back his family’s property from the prince. On the way to the palace, they meet the Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees) and proceed to humiliate him. Once back at the palace, the sheriff, Prince John, and his cook Latrine (Tracey Ullman) set out to stop Robin and his men.
The journey to the palace leads the merry men to a toll bridge constructed by Little John (Eric Allan Kramer), who challenges Robin to a fight and loses. After meeting Little John’s best friend Will Scarlett, Robin and crew crash a party thrown by Prince John, where he also sees Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck) and falls in love instantly.
Having met his opposition, Robin recruits fellow villagers who also are fed up with the taxes and tyranny of Prince John and Rottingham. Along the way, they meet Rabbi Tuckman (Mel Brooks), who shares with them some wisdom, counsel, and some sacramental wine. During this time, Prince John and the sheriff have come up with another plan, luring Robin to a medieval festival with an archery contest. Once there, a rival archer and sniper of Don Giovanni (Dom DeLuise) will kill Robin. Marian offers to spare Robin’s life by marrying Rottingham. Robin is placed in the care of the hangman in case Marian changes her mind.
Now desperate, Ahchoo, Little John, Will and Blinkin summon the villagers. They arrive and fight surprisingly well. Ahchoo frees Robin just as Marian is saying her vows. His plan foiled again, Rottingham kidnaps Marian to the tower. Robin arrives to save her, as Rottingham cannot do as he planned due to her chastity belt. Robin and Rottingham have a spirited sword fight, in which Rottingham is run through but saved by Latrine’s magic pill. Her one condition for saving him was that he had to marry her. Also during the sword fight, the key is wrestled away from Robin. It falls perfectly into the lock on Marian’s chastity belt, revealing that Robin is her one true love. Robin and Marian are married by Rabbi Tuckman with the blessing of the just-returned King Richard (Patrick Stewart), who sends his brother to the Tower of London. Everyone else lives happily ever after.
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|Fashionably Late Backup|
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|Spontaneous Song Eruption|
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