RAPA NUI
1994, Warner Bros., 107 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Reynolds

The enigmatic stone statues of Polynesia’s Easter Island have intrigued observers for centuries; this underrated drama offers a speculative look at the civilization that created them. Jason Scott Lee and Esai Morales play former friends turned rivals for the hand of Sandrine Holt in a society split by class differences and facing environmental collapse. Filled with stunning scenery, and featuring music by Stewart Copeland of The Police.


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.


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