I was interested in the cover story on the trials of bringing Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to the screen (June 21). I was annoyed at the stupidity of the producers, who edited Kevin Reynolds’ film in an effort to downplay Alan Rickman’s role. Rickman is a fine actor, and I found his performance, or what was left of it, to be the most enjoyable part of the film. I would like to petition the studio to restore the cut footage, at least for the video release of Robin Hood. How about it, guys?
East Hampton, N.Y.
In the article ”The Battle of Sherwood Forest,” you mention that Kevin Costner came directly from Dances With Wolves to the Robin Hood set with only three days to spare. There were no rehearsals, he had no dialect coach, and it sounds like the whole production was one long pressure of deadlines and producer demands for both Costner and Reynolds. Then in his review, Owen Gleiberman comments that Costner was the weakest part of the movie. How about cutting the man some slack? It sounds to me like he was exhausted and that the weak performance was [by] the producers rather than Costner or Reynolds. Robin Hood is a refreshing break from the bloodthirsty, simpleminded ”heroes” of the Die Hard, Total Recall, and Terminator genre.
Owen Gleiberman says that Kevin Costner’s performance lacks ”live-wire excitement.” Well, let’s review: After spending a few years imprisoned and tortured, you finally escape and return home for a joyful family reunion, only to find your home destroyed and your father murdered. Just how merry would you be? I might seem a little ”preoccupied” and ”depressed” too. Costner’s portrayal had just the right amount of quiet intensity for me, and, apparently, for the audience I saw it with, who stood, cheered, clapped, and hissed at the bad guys for two and a half hours.
April I. Bower
I thoroughly enjoyed the story on Robin Hood. I agree completely that Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham stole the show. Also, although I loved the movie, I felt Owen Gleiberman’s review brought out some valid points. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is one of the best films of 1991.
Ballston Lake, N.Y.
After reading the review of Robin Hood and seeing the movie, I don’t think the criticism of Kevin Costner’s performance was justified. The movie was great! Kevin Costner brought Kevin Costner to the role. He has his own style, and that’s what makes his movies so entertaining.
Regarding the News & Notes piece ”Brand Name Dropping,” touche! However, you forgot one of the most blatant product placers, Steven Spielberg. He has repeatedly spotlighted objects from his own films and characters and from movies by his sometime collaborator George Lucas (think of the scene in Poltergeist where the kid’s room is full of Star Wars toys and E.T. dolls). Great article about one of the most out-of-control aspects of the movie industry.
Thanks for the article on David ”Fingerman” Rudman. It was fun reading about the face behind the fingers. Even though I have 35 channels, I still find myself saying, ”There’s nothing good on TV,” and I look forward to commercials that are more entertaining than the programs they sponsor.
Kay K. Davis
HANK AND SKID ROW
Obviously your reviewer Alanna Nash is not a country & western fan. Everybody knows that Hank Williams Jr. is as good as it gets when it comes to his music. And I’m interested in what you think about his music, not what you think about his wife.
Brenda L. Hienton
Thank you for the great review of Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind. It’s one of the best tapes I’ve ever bought, although the band doesn’t always get the credit they deserve. You guys are great!
Photographer Primoz Kotnik, whose pictures appear in this week’s cover story on Northern Exposure was killed June 23 in a car accident on Long Island, N.Y. His girlfriend, Constanza Anchisi, 24, also died in the accident, as did the driver of the other car. Kotnik, 25, was born in Yugoslavia and raised in Germany. He came to New York City in 1988 to pursue a professional photography career, which was blossoming just as this tragedy occurred.