ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.1|5.0 Starsììì

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves—another resurrection of Hollywood’s love for the continual remaking of ancient legend—rates as a good film for action, a poor film for acting, and a sub-par film for casting. Kevin Costner looks good for the part of Robin Hood, but plays a lame rendition of the hero partially due to the casting mistake of pitting his less aggressive personality against the personalities of Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, and Alan Rickman.

Storyline

Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) escapes from a Jerusalem prison with friend Peter Dubois (Liam Halligan) and the Arabian Azeem (Morgan Freeman). In the escape Peter Dubois is mortally wounded and requires a promise from Robin to protect Marian Dubois (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), his sister. When Robin returns with Azeem to England, he finds the Sherriff of Nottingham has destroyed Robin’s home properties, hung Robin’s father, and has plotted to steal the English crown from King Richard (Sean Connery). What can a person do under these circumstances? Robin joins forces with Little John (Nick Brimble) and methodically begins to undermine Sheriff Nottingham’s power base while keeping contact with Marian Dubois.

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director Kevin Reynolds. Thank you to Executive Producers Gary Barber, David Nicksay, and James G. Robinson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Will Scarlett (Christian Slater), Mortianna (Geraldine McEwan), Lord Locksley (Brian Blessed), Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott), Fanny (Soo Drouet), Wulf (Daniel Newman), Bull (Daniel Peacock), Duncan (Walter Sparrow), Bishop of Hereford (Harold Innocent), Much the Miller’s Son (Jack Wild), and Kenneth of Cowfall (Michael Goldie).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The script’s lame lines detract from its watch-ability.

Ben Meyers

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