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Bad man and Robin … Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Photograph: Allstar/Warners

The Sheriff of Nottingham

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

For pure thespy, campy naughtiness, Alan Rickman excelled himself as the heartless Sheriff of Nottingham, livid at the altruistic thievery of Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood. He rages: “Robin Hood steals money from my pocket, forcing me to hurt the public, and they love him for it? That’s it then. Cancel

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