"Robin of the Hood! Son of a devil worshipper! Your father died a coward, cursing your name and squealing like a stuck pig!"
Description: Sir Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott), the cousin of Sheriff George of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) critiques Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) in the motion picture Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
Sir Robin of Locksley returns to England from the Crusades to find his father murdered, his lands taken and the people of his community overtaxed and mistreated by the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham who rules with the aid of his cousin, Sir Guy of Gisborne and Mortianna (Geraldine McEwan), a shaggy-haired witch who councils the Sheriff in all things evil.
Aided by a Moor named Azeem (Morgan Freeman) whom Robin met in the Crusades, Robin of Locksley, now known as the outlaw Robin Hood, seeks the refuge of Sherwood Forest and organizes a group of down-trodden citizens to battle the wicked Sheriff. Robin then proceeds to rob from the rich who pass through the forest and distribute his booty to the needy people of the countryside.
Other allies of Robin include: Little John (Nick Brimble), Friar Tuck (Michael McShane), Will Scarlet (Christian Slater), Robin's half-brother, and Marion Dubois (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), Robin's childhood friend and cousin of King Richard the Lionheart (Sean Connery) who left the country to fight in the Crusades.
As the Sheriff becomes more annoyed at Robin Hood, he tells his scribe, "Wait a minute. Robin Hood steals money from my pocket, forcing me to hurt the public, and they love him for it? That's it then, cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans. No more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas."
In council with his cousin, Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff threatens to cut Robin Hood's heart out with a spoon. Curious, Gisborne, asks "Why a spoon, cousin? Why not an axe?
The Sheriff of Nottingham replies, "Because it's DULL, you twit. It'll hurt more." The Sheriff later stabs Gisborne, and says, "At least, I didn't use a spoon."
|Marian:||There is a price on your head.|
|Robin Hood:||How much?|
|Marian:||One hundred gold pieces.|
|Robin Hood:||Is that all? I shall have to annoy the good Sheriff more. Soon it will be a thousand.|
|Marian:||For a thousand, I would turn you in myself.|
Fed up with all of the rebellion in his kingdom, the Sheriff tracks down the secret location of Robin's headquarters in Sherwood Forest and orders an all out attack on the makeshift forest refuge, killing and maiming Robin's supporters.
Taking a few choice survivors back to Nottingham castle, the Sheriff plans on publicly hanging them, as well as taking Maid Marian as his bride who is extremely reluctant to accept his offer of marriage. After all, she's Robin's girl.
The Sheriff is finally defeated when Robin Hood, who survived the attack in Sherwood stops the hangings with the help of Azeem who encourages the people to rise up and fight the ruthless Sheriff.
"English! English! Behold, Azeem Edin Bashir Al Bakir. I am not one of you, but I fight! I fight with Robin Hood. I fight against a tyrant who holds you under his boot! If you would be free men, then you must fight! Join us now, join Robin Hood!"
As the Sheriff quickly concludes a sham marriage ceremony so he can impregnate Marian to give him an heir, Robin crashes the ceremony, kills the Sheriff and rescues Marian. When Mortianna the witch tries to kill Robin with a spear, Azeem intercedes, kills the witch with his sword, and thus fulfills his obligation to Robin who had saved his own life in the Crusades.
Note: In the film The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne says, “Our men can’t even lay a hot iron in the eyes of a tax dodger without getting a black arrow in the throat. It’s an outrage!”