A simple self-destructive drifter and tough small-time boxer with a brain injury that could kill him meets and falls for a cute beach carnival owner, Ruby, but also befriends a sleazy friendly criminal, Wesley, who's planing a big score.
This is the movie that should have been in the theaters in the summer of 1991, not Kevin Costner's bloated monstrosity. This "Robin Hood" gives us a fine new twist to the legend, transporting us to a new world. The highly underrated Patrick Bergin makes a fine Robin Hood, a worthy successor to Errol Flynn -- he is a flawed man (when it comes down to it, it is his pride that gets him outlawed), but still noble and heroic. Uma Thurman is a dream as Marian, and the rest of the cast slip comfortably into their roles.
But the thing I really love out this movie is the way the villain, Falconet, meets his end. When you watch enough movies, you grow to appreciate a really dramatic, over-the-top death scene, and this is it. Falconet dies by the same method as the Sheriff in "Prince of Thieves," but his death is so much more dramatic and memorable than the Sheriff's, so much more... fitting, I suppose.
If you get a chance, this is the Robin Hood movie to see (assuming you've already seen "Adventures of Robin Hood", of course.)
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