Robin Hood: Men in Tights

July 28th, 1993


Robin Hood: Men in Tights

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With Mel Brooks, and Cary Elwes.

A spoof of Robin Hood in general, and 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' in particular.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.4/10 (45,311 voted)

Director: Mel Brooks

Stars: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees

The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights.

Writers: J.D. Shapiro, Evan Chandler

Cary Elwes - Robin Hood
Richard Lewis - Prince John
Roger Rees - Sheriff of Rottingham
Amy Yasbeck - Marian
Mark Blankfield - Blinkin
Dave Chappelle - Ahchoo (as David Chappelle)
Isaac Hayes - Asneeze
Megan Cavanagh - Broomhilde
Eric Allan Kramer - Little John
Matthew Porretta - Will Scarlet O'Hara
Tracey Ullman - Latrine
Patrick Stewart - King Richard
Dom DeLuise - Don Giovanni
Dick Van Patten - The Abbot
Robert Ridgely - The Hangman

Taglines: The legend had it coming... Find out where Robin Hood put his Little John, what made Will Scarlet, and what did Friar Tuck into his tights that Maid Marion all of a quiver?

Release Date: 28 July 1993

Filming Locations: California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $35,699,287 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

There is a rumor that the idea for this film came when a studio executive turned to his son and jokingly demanded "Give me an idea for a sure-fire hit, or else!" The boy replied "That's easy. Do a parody of Robin Hood."

Errors in geography: When the Merry Men go to send a message by fox, the fox they pull out is a gray fox, which is native only to North America, not England.

Sheriff of Rottingham: Struckey has loxed again.
Prince John: What?
Sheriff of Rottingham: Loxley has struck again.

User Review

Absolutely hilarious

Rating: 8/10

After I've seen this movie I find it hard to understand why so many people seem to hate this movie. I'm not saying it belongs in the top 250 of all times, but in it's genre it is a great movie. I know, not many people find it amusing to see how a legendary story like 'Robin Hood' is turned into a comedy. Many people still seem to believe that some things shouldn't be laughed with ... they are wrong.

Mel Brooks has done an excellent job with Robin Hood: Men in Tights. I have seen the original Robin Hood movies as well, but I never had such a good time when watching them as I had with this one. It's just one continuation of hilarious moments and parodies on famous people and movies (Winston Churchil, The Godfather...).

I recommend everyone who wants to have a good laugh to watch this movie. To those who think Robin Hood shouldn't be messed with, you're wrong, but you better don't watch it because you'll probably be offended by it. I give this movie an 8/10.


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