Costner is the politically correct Rebel with a Cause, but a thinker, not a doer--and therein lies the problem. His quiet thoughtfulness doesn't add up to leadership and Rickman easily overpowers him as the wicked, crazed Sheriff of Nottingham. Freeman is excellent as a civilized Moor who finds England, and its people, inhospitable, dangerous, and not a little stupid. Mastrantonio, a last minute choice, excels as the lovely Lady Marian. Great action sequences, a gritty and morbid picture of the Middle Ages, and some fun scenes with the Merry Men. Revisionist in its ideas about the times and people, critics generally disapproved of the changes in the story and Costner's performance, though their comments about his lack of an English accent seem nitpicky in light of some basic plot problems. Still has lots of fun for lovers of action, romance and fairy tales.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 144 minutes.
British Acad. 1991: Support. Actor (Rickman); MTV Movie Awards 1992: Song ("(Everything I Do) I Do for You"); Golden Raspberries 1991: Worst Actor (Costner).
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