Academy Award winner Kevin Costner triumphs as the legendary Sherwood Forrest outlaw leader in this epic adventure bringing a 12th-century medieval world to spectacular screen life. Enhancing the sheer fun of this audience rouser are 12 added minutes of footage not seen in cinemas, especially more of the juicy malevolence and sinister background of Robin Hood's archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio also star in this lavish production lensed in Britain and France, where historic structure, majestic forrests and vividly realistic recreations of Olde England combine to create a world at once ancient and ageless.
Kevin Costner plays Robin Wood
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves review by RP
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I saw this at the cinema when it first came out over 20 years ago and I liked it, despite the dodgy accents. I must have missed all the times it's been shown on TV and now watching it again for the first time since that cinema viewing I have a somewhat more jaundiced opinion.
First the bad bits:
Robin Hood is a swashbuckling English legend. Why then tamper with the legend? Why the extra black character? Why cast Americans in lead roles? Why all the American accents - don't they have voice coaches? Why do the British actors seem to speak with a strange mix of Somerset / Cockney dialects? Why does it apparently only take one day on foot to travel from the white cliffs of Dover to Nottingham (apparently via Hadrian's Wall?). Why does Nottingham look like Carcassonne? Why are the Merry Men so glum? Why do they live like Ewoks up in the trees? Why is Marian so old? Why does Will Scarlet(t) not wear any red whatsoever? What happened to King John? Why is the film so dreadfully long? Etc etc etc...
The worst bit of all:
Kevin Costner. Wooden acting, boring voice, US accent - if he is the inspiring leader of a band of English outlaws then I'm a banana. Perhaps his character should have been called Robin Wood.
The good bits:
Brian Blessed in a brief cameo role.
Sean Connery in an even briefer cameo role.
The best bits:
The baddies. Michael Wincott as Guy of Gisborne makes an excellent evil henchman to the Sheriff of Nottingham.
And last but by no means least, Alan Rickman makes an excellent Sheriff, playing the role with so much ham that he might as well be in panto. He also has the best lines :)
Watch it with an uncritical eye and you might enjoy it. If however you don't like to see English legends casually trampled underfoot by an uncaring Hollywood production, see the excellent 1938 version with Errol Flynn. Now that's proper swashbuckling!
I'll give 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' 2/5 stars - but only because I have seen even worse...
Feature-length Commentary with Kevin Costner and Director Kevin Reynolds
Feature-Length Commentary with Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and Producers Pen Densham and John Watson
Interactive Animated Menus
Marvellous Making-Of Documentary, 'Robin Hood: The Man, The Myth, The Legend'
Vintage Interviews with the Film's Stars
Bryan Adams Live at Slane Castle in Ireland performing '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You'
This disc includes the main feature
This disc includes the following special features:
- Marvellous Making-Of Documentary, 'Robin Hood: The Man, The Myth, The Legend'
- Vintage Interviews with the Film's Stars
- Bryan Adams Live at Slane Castle in Ireland performing '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You'
- Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer