FOR THE GOOD OF ALL MEN, AND THE LOVE OF ONE WOMAN, HE FOUGHT TO UPHOLD JUSTICE BY BREAKING THE LAW.
After escaping from a prison in Jerusalem, English nobleman Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) returns home to find the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) ruling over his land… One of the biggest box-office hits of the year cemented Costner’s movie-star appeal. He was criticized for not attempting an English accent… but did we really want that? This take on the Robin Hood legend introduces a lot of action and darkness; in spite of little credibility, the result is a very entertaining adventure-fantasy, with a hilarious performance by Rickman as the evil yet clownish Sheriff. Musically, the combo of Michael Kamen and Bryan Adams elevates every emotion.
1991-U.S. 138 min. Color. Produced by Pen Densham, John Watson, Richard Barton Lewis. Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Screenplay: Pen Densham, John Watson. Music: Michael Kamen. Song: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” (performed by Bryan Adams). Cast: Kevin Costner (Robin of Locksley), Morgan Freeman (Azeem), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Marian Dubois), Christian Slater, Alan Rickman, Geraldine McEwan… Brian Blessed. Cameo: Sean Connery.
Trivia: Cary Elwes and Mel Gibson were allegedly considered for the role of Robin. Alternative version runs 150 min.
BAFTA: Best Supporting Actor (Rickman).
Quote: “Wait a minute. Robin Hood steals money from my pocket, forcing me to hurt the public, and they love him for it? That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.” (Rickman)
Last word: “Like every production there are problems, and I think the weather in particular was a problem on that shoot because we were shooting in the fall, and especially up north, we had a lot of weather problems, all very rainy and all. But that’s part and parcel of what you have to deal with when you go to scenic locations. We were up on Hadrian’s Wall, in the New Forest, places like that, and yeah, it was bad at times. But I think ultimately we got the look that we were after.” (Reynolds, Den of Geek)