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 1991 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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PostSubject: 1991 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves   Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:52 pm

Alan as Sheriff of Nottingham



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This is the film where Kevin Costner left California, turned Sherwood Forest into condominiums, asked Morgan Freeman to do a cesarean on an unsuspecting woman, and got Sean Connery's blessing for it all. The trailers were spectacular; the movie is not.

I'm very fond of Errol Flynn's movie persona, and what Robin Hood needs is Flynn's charm, energy, and flair when swinging from limb to limb. Robin did not get any of that in RH,POT.

This very slow film finally picks up when George, Sheriff of Nottingham, enters the scene. George wears the best clothes, speaks the best lines, and has the most fun. Also, George is played by Alan Rickman with great energy and flair, in an all-out style in the best Simon Legree tradition. Unfortunately, the last quarter of RH,POT turns into a Willow-like fantasy where we infer that George is the son (my interpretation of what is not a clear point) of a witch. Geraldine McEwan, Mrs. Proudie of Barchester Chronicles, plays the witch. Ms McEwan and Mr. Rickman must have had great fun playing these parts.

Aside from Mr. Rickman's performance, if you want Robin Hood, try Errol's; if you want Medieval fantasy, I recommend Ladyhawk or Willow instead. Except for Mr. Rickman's presence, this is one dull movie. If there was ever a film that would improve in a fan's cut (where one edits away all scenes that don't contain Rickman), certainly this is the one: Mr. Rickman pocketed this one.

http://www.rickmanistareview.com/robinhood.html

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PostSubject: Re: 1991 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves   Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:13 am

Aaah, I forgot to put this one on my favourite-Alan-movies-list! It's so funny!
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PostSubject: Re: 1991 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves   Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:24 am

This is also one of my favorites!
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