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.


SCARFACE
1983, Universal, 170 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

Director Brian De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone reinvented Howard Hawks’ classic gangster saga from the ground up, moving it to early 1980s Miami during the mushrooming cocaine trade in the wake of Cuba’s Mariel boatlift. Al Pacino is stupendously larger-than-life as twisted Tony Montana, a two-bit Little Caesar who almost singlehandedly creates anarchy in the Miami underworld, destroying not only himself but everyone around him. Opulent, stylishly shocking, and boasting a disco-flavored Giorgio Moroder score that will knock your socks off! With Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia.


THE COLOR OF MONEY
1986, Buena Vista Pictures, 119 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Paul Newman took home a long overdue Best Actor Oscar for reprising his role as pool shark Fast Eddie Felson in this follow-up to 1961’s THE HUSTLER. Here Fast Eddie returns to the game to show a talented younger player (Tom Cruise) how to work the tables for money, and - in a final match between teacher and student - how to sink the shots that really count. With Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.


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