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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
     

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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Director: Kevin Reynolds

Cast: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

 

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This film is a '90s version of the classic Robin Hood story, with Kevin Costner starring as the good-guy thief. Costner is joined in his efforts against the murdering Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) by Morgan Freeman who plays a philosophizing Moor, and by Nick Brimble, who plays Little John (anything but little). After Robin barely survives a watery skirmish

Overview

This film is a '90s version of the classic Robin Hood story, with Kevin Costner starring as the good-guy thief. Costner is joined in his efforts against the murdering Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) by Morgan Freeman who plays a philosophizing Moor, and by Nick Brimble, who plays Little John (anything but little). After Robin barely survives a watery skirmish with Little John, the two become allies and Robin joins forces with Little John's band of robber thieves to overcome the evils of the dastardly Nottingham sheriff.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Kevin Costner's action-packed 1991 retelling of the Robin Hood legend was the subject of some bad-mouthing in its day, but since then it has acquired a patina of respectability and is now recognized as the thoroughly entertaining swashbuckler it was intended to be. This revisionist take on the bandit of Sherwood Forest reflects not only a more fastidious approach to historically accurate period depiction, but also Hollywood's latter-day penchant for updating mythological themes to conform with contemporary notions of political correctness. Therefore, Robin's paramour, the lovely Maid Marian (played by the dazzling Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), is considerably more feisty and independent than in previous screen incarnations, and the hero's most trusted sidekick is a wise, battle-hardened Moor (Morgan Freeman) who seems far more intelligent than the valiant champion he ostensibly serves. The basic story remains the same: Robin is the disgraced nobleman who fights for justice when a usurper seizes control of England while the king, Richard the Lion-Hearted, is off fighting in the Crusades. Director Kevin Reynolds labors mightily (and, it must be said, not always successfully) to keep his actors' accents consistent, and he stages the film's numerous action sequences with brio. His handling of the story makes the plight of the oppressed Britons more palpable and, in a way, more contemporary; but he harks back to the 1938 Errol Flynn version of the story by allowing Alan Rickman to play the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham in a sneering, leering, delightfully bravura fashion. Although it takes nearly an hour to set the stage and build momentum, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves eventually becomes a veritable juggernaut of rousing thrills and robust adventure. It'll have the whole family cheering for more.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
UPC:
0883929039166
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:35:00
Sales rank:
2,963

Special Features

Commentary by Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds; Commentary by Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, and producers/screenwriters Pen Densham and John Watson; Robin Hood: man, myth, legend TV special; Vintage interviews with film's stars; Bryan Adams live at Ireland's Slane Castle performing (Everything I Do) I Do It for You; Music-only audio track (5.1); Theatrical trailer; TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Robin of Locksley/Robin Hood
Morgan Freeman Azeem
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Maid Marian
Christian Slater Will Scarlett
Alan Rickman Sheriff of Nottingham
Geraldine McEwan Mortianna
Michael McShane Friar Tuck
Brian Blessed Lord Locksley
Michael Wincott Guy of Gisborne
Nick Brimble Little John
Soo Drouet Fanny
Daniel Newman Wulf
Daniel Peacock Bull
Walter Sparrow Duncan
Harold Innocent Bishop
Jack Wild Morin
Michael Goldie Kenneth
Liam Halligan Peter Dubois
Marc Zuber Turk Interrogator
Merelina Kendall Old Woman
Imogen Bain Sarah
Jimmy Gardner Farmer
Bobby Parr Villager
John Hallam Red Headed Baron
Douglas Blackwell Grey Bearded Baron
Pat Roach Celtic Chieftain
Andy Hockley Ox
John Dallimore Broth
Derek Deadman Kneelock
Howard Lew Lewis Hal
John Tordoff Scribe
Andrew Lawden Sergeant
Susannah Corbett Lady in Coach
Sarah Alexandra Small Girl
Christopher Adamson Soldier
Richard Strange Executioner
John Francis Courier

Technical Credits
Kevin Reynolds Director
Bryan Adams Songwriter
Stuart Baird Editor
Gary Barber Executive Producer
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Boyle Editor
Fred Carter Art Director
Pen Densham Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
John Graysmark Production Designer
Michael J. Kagan Co-producer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Richard Barton Lewis Producer
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
David Nicksay Executive Producer
John Ralph Art Director
James G. Robinson Executive Producer
Ilene Starger Casting
Tip Tipping Stunts
Alan Tomkins Art Director
John Watson Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Young Art Director,Set Decoration/Design

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