Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a 1991 American action–adventure film based on the English folk tale of Robin Hood that originated in the 12th century. It was directed by Kevin Reynolds and stars Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Christian Slater as Will Scarlett, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Marian, and Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. The screenplay was penned by Pen Densham and John Watson.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Freeman and Rickman’s performances as well as the music, but criticized the screenplay, overall execution, and Costner’s performance. Despite this, it was a box office success, grossing over $390 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 1991. For his role as George, Sheriff of Nottingham, Rickman received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film’s theme song “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. Costner’s performance as Robin Hood garnered poor reviews and won him the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor.