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I Rewatched ‘Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves’ And Loved Every Terrible Second Of It

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7 min readJul 4, 2024


America was in a merry mood in 1991. The first Iraq War ended earlier in the year and was a spectacular success. ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ by C&C Music Factory was a beloved, unironic pop music hit. The last decade of the 20th Century was America on parade, in all her garish, greedy glory.

And the second biggest summer blockbuster, sandwiched between instant classics Terminator 2: Judgement Day and The Silence of the Lambs, was a modern-day retelling of the popular public domain folk hero Robin Hood starring Hollywood’s hottest aw-shucks all-American superstar Kevin Costner.

It was a big-budget action movie that promised historical accuracy but fell short. There were plenty of horses, castles, and swordplay. The supporting cast was a motley crew of grizzled English stage actors adding a little Shakespearean spice to a Hollywood production. This could easily have been called Rennaisance Faire: The Movie.

Directed by Kevin Reynolds, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is overconfident. It looks like it was made by a group of men who were convinced they were going to make the greatest…



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