Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
Robin Hood (1991)
Now I know what you’re thinking – how have you not watched the Robin Hood movie from 1991? Surely 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is one of the most famous Robin Hood movies of them all?!
Well, yes, of course I’ve seen Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – but this isn’t the Robin Hood movie I’m about to watch. You see, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves wasn’t the only Robin Hood movie to be released in 1991.
For those that don’t recall, in addition to the Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991 also saw the release of a Patrick Bergin-starring Robin Hood movie, simply titled, Robin Hood.
Don’t remember it?
Well, I’m not surprised.
The Kevin Costner film was a huge box office success; was accompanied by a toy line; and was backed by a Grammy Award-winning song in Bryan Adams’s Everything I Do (I Do It For You). The Patrick Bergin film was not a huge box office success; was not accompanied by a toy line; and was not back by a Grammy Award-winning song.
To put it simply: Two Robin Hood movies were released in 1991. One is still remembered to this day; the other is not. I’m about to watch the one that few people remember.
Is it supposed to be any good?
I’ve no idea.
I know very little about this version of Robin Hood – I can barely remember it being a thing. If it wasn’t for the fact I came across this on SKY, I would have completely forgotten about it.
*Clicks the play button*
7mins 50secs – Uma Thurman is in this? I did not know that. She appears to be playing Maid Marian… badly.
9mins – Already this movie feels different to Prince of Thieves. This version is not as slick. It’s also missing a vital ingrediant – Alan Rickman!
9mins 30secs – Oh… what’s his name is in this. Erm… Jeroen… *looks up the actor’s name online* …Krabbé! Him from The Fugitive and that Bond film.
18mins 30secs – You can tell this movie was shot in the UK. All of the exterior shots look so bleak and miserable. Is this the Norman era of England or a snapshot of post-Brexit Britain?
19mins – I promise that’s my only Brexit joke. I’m trying to limit myself to just one Brexit reference per post.
21mins 40secs – Is that David Morrissey?
22mins 10secs – It is! David Morrissey is playing Little John.
26mins 50secs – “How did you come to be here, John?” Er… he got cast in this production instead of Prince of Thieves? Presumably he fired his agent soon after.
29mins – Patrick Bergin has just showed off his bow & arrow skills. It’s reminiscent of a scene from Prince of Thieves. I’ll be honest, it’s less impressive here.
30mins – I’m half-an-hour into Robin Hood and I’m sad to say, I’m struggling with it. It’s not because this is a rubbish movie – it’s not; it’s because I’ve seen Prince of Thieves so many times that this film feels like a less exciting retread.
33mins 50secs – Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman are flirting with each other. It’s painful to watch. I’m not even sure you could class it as flirting.
34mins – I think they’re trying to bore each other off the screen. It’s working!
35mins – “We’ll have to raise taxes because of him.” Is this a line from the Conservative manifesto?
35mins 30secs – Sorry, I promise there will be no more political jokes.
37mins – Friar Tuck has just turned up and… yeah, it still feels like this movie is going through the motions.
42mins – Uma Thurman is incredibly unlikable in this movie.5
59mins 30secs – “Am I boring you?” YES!1
1hr 4mins – I should probably point out that neither the Sheriff of Nottingham nor Guy of Gisbourne appear in this adaptation. They’re not missed.
1hr 16mins 30secs – “You can scrub me, you can dip me in perfume…” I think this is Uma Thurman’s way of saying, you can’t polish a turd.
1hr 24mins – A festival of fools! This whole sequence looks like something out of The Wicker Man. It’s pretty cool.
1hr 28mins – I feel I should be saying so much more about this film, but there’s really not much to say. If you’ve watched one of the many, many versions of Robin Hood (be it on TV or in film) then you can imagine what I’m watching right now. It’s all of those, only with Patrick Bergin in it. Incidentally, he’s quite good.
1hr 35mins – Bergin is good. Thurman is AWFUL in this movie.
1hr 36mins – Is it still on?
Robin Hood is not a bad movie; it’s just a movie that clearly suffers from bad timing. Very, very bad timing.
Back when it was released, Robin Hood simply couldn’t compete with the marketing machine that was Prince of Thieves and being released in the same year pretty much killed it. Twenty-seven years on and it still can’t compete, this time with many of the other Robin Hood stories.
While this isn’t a terrible movie, it’s easy to see why this film has slipped through the cracks of time. There are so many Robin Hood adaptations to choose from (there was even a new one released this year) that it’s difficult to imagine many people plumping for this one over some of the others.
All in all, a bit boring.
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999), Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Showgirls (1995), American History X (1998), North (1994), Jack Frost (1998), Psycho (1998), A League of Their Own (1992), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).