Year of Release: 1991
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Approx. Running Time: 155 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"A whopping good yarn. A marvelously stirring ride."
-David Ansen, NEWSWEEK
Academy Award winner Kevin Costner triumphs as the legendary Sherwood Forest outlaw leader in this epic adventure bringing the 12th-century medieval world to spectacular screen life. Enhancing the sheer fun of this audience rouser are 12 added minutes of footage not seen in theatres especially more of the juicy malevolence and sinister background of Robin Hood's archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio also star in this lavish production lensed in Britain and France, where historic structures, majestic forests and vividly realistic recreations of Olde England combine to create a world at once ancient and ageless.
Now, at this point, you may be asking yourself "Extended Edition? Why the hell would anybody want to make a Kevin Costner movie longer than it is already?" I know I asked that question, but it's only 12 minutes of additional footage - which, like most extended editions, doesn't really add any substance to the movie (which would explain why that footage was cut in the first place).
However, the greatness of the film, with its all-star cast, grand sets, and wonderful script is not at all affected by this needless lengthening. Christian Slater is still looking hot as Will Scarlett and Alan Rickman is still deliciously evil as the Sherriff of Nottingham.
1991 (Year of Release)