For this week’s Thursday Movie Picks, run by Wandering through the Shelves, we’ve been asked to list three to five films that feature an outlaw.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines an outlaw as: “A person who has done something illegal and is hiding to avoid being caught; a person who is not protected by the law.” Robin Hood is included as the perfect example.
As usual I have based my selection from films I’ve watched. This week I’ve taken a stroll down Fantasy Lane.
Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), Fezzik (André the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) from The Princess Bride (1987)
I wholeheartedly love The Princess Bride, and this merry bunch of outlaws are a big part of that. Vizzini’s cunning is perfectly complemented by Fezzik’s brute strength while Inigo has the finesse and style that only “the greatest swordsman of his generation” could possess.
Kevin Costner as Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The Hooded Man had to make an appearance, of course: he is the archetypal outlaw. He’s an honourable one as well, and while Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has many flaws it remains one of my ‘comfort films’. It is seared into my memory thanks to Costner’s questionable accent, Geraldine McEwan horrifying witch and Alan Rickman’s cracking Sheriff of Nottingham.
Ian McShane as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates, by their very nature and profession, are all outlaws so it was hard to pick one from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Ultimately I had to choose the “one pirate all pirates fear”, as Jack Sparrow once said. McShane looked the part extremely well, and it was fun seeing him in a Hollywood film after being more familiar to UK audiences for many years as the antiques dealer Lovejoy in the TV show of the same name.