In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
After being captured by Turks during the Crusades, Robin of Locksley and a Moor, Azeem, escape back to England, where Azeem vows to remain until he repays Robin for saving his life. Meanwhile, Robin's father, a nobleman loyal to King Richard the Lionhearted, has been murdered by the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham, who helped install Richard's treacherous brother, Prince John, as king while Richard is overseas fighting the Crusades. When Robin returns home, he vows to avenge his father's death and restore Richard to the throne. Even though Maid Marian, his childhood friend, cannot help him, he escapes to the Forest of Sherwood where he joins a band of exiled villagers and becomes their leader. With their help he attempts to cleanse the land of the evil that the Sheriff has spread. Written by
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As Robin, Azeem, and Duncan flee from Marian's, they pull up their horses before entering Sherwood Forest. Kevin Costner's horse half-reared as he halted and the horse's neck came up so fast that it smacked into, and broke, Costner's nose. According to DVD commentary, he did not miss a beat, and continued with the scene. See more »
When John Little and Robin first meet at the river, John is seen from the back, holding the staff away from him. "Do you lead this rabble?". In the next shot where John replies "Yes I do, Mate.", the staff is leaned against his shoulder. But in the next shot, the staff is being held away from him again. See more »
Be sure not to miss the comedy/rape scene at the end...!!
Of all the many reviews I have done for IMDb, this is the one I most dreaded having to pen.
Because to do this review, I knew I would have to re-watch the film, a film I had spent some 25 years, a quarter century, trying to erase from my memory.
But a job is a job. I not only intend to review the film but also, as a public service, to warn future generations, and children of those future generations, to avoid this production at all costs.
And, should you ever actually see it, possibly due to a streaming malfunction, or a sticky key on your Personal Device, please do not judge those of us from that era (the 1990s) too harshly.
We meant no harm. If you ever get a chance, have a peek at the definitive work on the "MADNESS OF CROWDS" written by Charles Mackay in 1841. It is no specific justification for this film, clearly, but it serves well as an apology for the circumstances that spawned it.
Sometimes, you see, Hollywood and the viewing public get caught up in a collective fantasy about what entertainment is ... or, in this case, is not. During these periods of madness, certain stars, good though they may be, become insanely overexposed.
In the current generation, for example, it is Sam Jackson. (The man is everywhere. I swear I bought a flat screen TV from him at a mall last week.)
In the 90s it was Costner. He was a yeoman actor, yes, but to think he had the chops, or the athleticism, or the grace, or the youth, or even the accent .... to play Robin Hood? PA-LEEZE!
And then, sweet Mercy, there is the script. A script that should have been destroyed before anyone blessed its lines with the immortality of celluloid. A film that cannot decide if it is a comedy or an action yarn. (The "Maid Marion Rape Scene" at the end, replete with jokes and a musical score, could be lowest point Hollywood ever touched since the silent film era.)
Great yawning periods in the script ... where nothing happens. A "mass hanging" scene where the laws of physics are temporarily suspended and men who have effectively been hanged have to use their arms to support their own weight while Robin figures out a plan.
Frankly I could go on but this review is painful enough.
As for those IMDb members, contemporaries of the original release, who indicated this was "the best Robin Hood" they had ever seen, all I can do is apologize on their behalf. Disco was ending. Computers were coming into modern life. Pop Tarts were considered a complete breakfast. They really were not in full control of their faculties.
Have you seen the Errol Flynn version? If not, please go to the Amazon page and order it.
As for this version, we must never speak of it again. Ever.
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