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Episode #114: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Listen to Episode 114 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes.

SUMMARY - In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Robin of Locksley (played by Kevin Costner) returns from being imprisoned during the Crusades to find his father has been murdered and the Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Alan Rickman) is abusing his power. After being outcast, Robin joins forces with others in Sherwood Forest to devise a plan to stop the Sheriff.


Screenplay by Pen Densham and John Watson; Directed by Kevin Reynolds; and released on June 14, 1991.


FILM DISCUSSION

The movie is longer but it sure does move quickly through key plot points.

Before you know it, Robin and Azeem are in England ready to fight the world

There are some attempts at humor to lighten the mood of a movie that's that particularly dark. Most of the jokes don't land.

Alan Rickman gets all the good lines, but from what we understand several of them were improvised.

The filmmaking certainly has a bit of a modern edge. Trying to be hip and cool with some POV stuff and minor fish eye lenses, etc.

The long script had some odd missed opportunities to really talk about class and religion and race, but while its not needed, it could have elevated the movie.

We also felt that Marion was underutilized. She was introduced as a badass, but that all fell apart.

Still, you can't deny some of the iconic shots in this box office smash.

Awards Talk: Oscar Nominated for Best Original Song, Golden Globe nominations for Song & Score, BAFTA nominations for Costume Design, and win for Supporting Actor (Rickman). Razzie nominations for Supporting Actor (Slater), win for Actor Costner. Saturn nominations for Costumes, Supporting Actress Mastrantonio, Supporting Actor Rickman, Actor Costner, Best Fantasy Film. Grammy win for the song, MTV Movie Awards Quotes montage, win for Best Movie Song, nominated for Best Villain Rickman, Male Performance, Desirable Male, Best Female Performance, Best On-Screen Duo (Kev & Morgan), Best Movie.


TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE

This week we don't have any true crime but you know we had to talk about the music

Here's the soundtrack listing from imdb

Wild Times by Jeff Lynne

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You, of course is the big hit that we simply cannot avoid when looking at the charts.

Aside from the music, we also talk about the toys, the trading card set

And the video game which was released on the NES and the Game Boy.


RANKINGS & RATINGS

Nikki 1-5 star scale - 3 out of 5

Jon 0-4 star scale - 3 out of 4

Would you watch it again? - No. It's not terrible and we don't hate it, but if we want to watch a Robin Hood movie, Nikki will watch Men in Tights and Jon will watch the Disney cartoon. Alan Rickman is an absolute delight to watch but that's not enough to draw us into another viewing.


If you want to watch Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, as of this recording in May 2023, it’s available on Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.


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