ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
1991, Morgan Creek, 143 min, Dir: Kevin Reynolds

This rousing take on the classic folk tale stars Kevin Costner as Robin of Locksley, who with his band of Merry Men robs from the rich and gives to the poor in 13th-century England. Alan Rickman turned down the part of the Sheriff of Nottingham twice before being promised free reign, which he used to deliciously villainous effect, winning a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award. Along with an inescapable theme song (Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”), this box office hit features fine performances by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Morgan Freeman.


SILVERADO
1985, Sony Repertory, 133 min, USA, Dir: Lawrence Kasdan

Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan breathes new life into familiar Western motifs in this terrifically entertaining film. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner and Danny Glover lead a great ensemble cast as cowboys who free the town of Silverado from a ruthless sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and his rancher patron. Only moderately successful at the box office, SILVERADO hit its stride in the home video market, becoming a deserving cult favorite. “A sweeping, glorious-looking Western that’s at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times.


OPEN RANGE
2003, Buena Vista Pictures, 139 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Costner

Retired gunslinger Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) is forced to return to violence when the cattle crew he has formed with old friend Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) is threatened by enemies who endanger not only Waite’s way of life but his new romance with Sue Barlow (Annette Bening). Kevin Costner’s return to the Western genre delivers the traditional satisfactions of a classic and the audacious surprises of a true original, as it blends romance, adventure and history to explore profound adult issues without sacrificing entertainment value in the process.


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