• Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Kasdan
  • Genres: Action, Western
  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy

Four men—Paden (Kevin Kline), Emmett (Scott Glenn), Jake (Kevin Costner) and Mal (Danny Glover)—meet by chance and travel to the town of Silverado, where they thwart a corrupt rancher and the ruthless sheriff who is on the rancher’s payroll.

The film opens with a gunfight in which Emmett kills three men who ambush him at a deserted shack. Unbeknownst to him, these men worked for a man named Ethan McKendrick (Ray Baker) whose father Emmett had killed. Emmett had just been released from prison after serving five years for the killing. As he travels to the town of Silverado, he finds a man, Paden, lying near death in the desert. The men with whom Paden had been riding had robbed him and left him to die.

Emmett and Paden ride to the town of Turley to meet Emmett’s brother, Jake, who has been jailed, and is awaiting hanging, for killing a man in self-defense. Paden is also jailed when he finds one of the men who robbed him and kills him. Emmett breaks the two of them out of jail and the three escape with the help of Malachi Johnson, a black sharpshooter who was run out of town by Turley’s overzealous sheriff, expatriate Englishman Langston (John Cleese).

In the final scene Emmett and Jake leave for California, their long stated goal, Mal and his sister reunite and decide to rebuild their father’s homestead, and the audience learns that Paden is now the sheriff.

A Perfect World

  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Producers: Mark Johnson, David Valdes
  • Writers: John Lee Hancock
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern

The film is set in Texas in the fall of 1963. Robert “Butch” Haynes (Kevin Costner) and Terry Pugh (Keith Szarabajka) are convicts who have just escaped from a Huntsville prison. Fleeing from the clutches of the law, the pair stumble into the kitchen of a house where eight-year old Phillip Perry (T. J. Lowther) lives with his devout Jehovah’s Witness mother and two sisters. Needing a hostage to aid their escape, Butch grabs the boy, who meekly accompanies them. The trio’s journey starts off on an unpleasant note as Butch is forced to shoot his fellow escapee with a stolen revolver, following the latter’s attempts at molesting the child. With his partner out of the way, the convict and his young victim take to the Texas highway in a bid to flee from the pursuing police.

Meanwhile, Texas Ranger Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood), riding in the Governor’s sleek airstream trailer, is in hot pursuit of the duo. With criminologist Sally Gerber (Laura Dern) and trigger-happy FBI sharpshooter Bobby Lee (Bradley Whitford) in tow, Ranger Garnett is determined to recover the criminal and the hostage before they cross the Texas border. The plot thus alternates between a manhunt unfolding on one level, and on the other, the blossoming of a tender bond between the convict and his “prisoner.”

The fact that Garnett is a disappointed man at the end (despite the fact that his mission of recovering the hostage has been a success) is indicative of the fact that he perhaps knew, from previous encounters with Butch Haynes, that he was essentially a good man at heart, driven by circumstances to become the cold-blooded killer he was perceived as.

Dances with Wolves

  • Directors: Kevin Costner
  • Producers: Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner
  • Writers: Michael Blake
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Western
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A Grant

The film opens during the American Civil War. In a United States Army field hospital, First Lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Kevin Costner) learns that his injured leg is to be amputated. Seeing the plight of fellow soldiers with amputated legs, Dunbar leaves the hospital, steals a cavalry horse, and attempts suicide by riding across the no man’s land between the opposing Union and Confederate positions. His action unexpectedly rallies the Union soldiers, who storm the distracted Confederate defenses to win the battle. Impressed by Dunbar’s actions, the commanding general of the Union forces, Lieutenant General Tide (Donald Hotton), summons his personal surgeon to save Dunbar’s leg. Tide declares Dunbar to be a hero and awards him Cisco, the horse who carried him in battle as well as offering Dunbar his choice of posting. Dunbar requests a transfer to the western frontier and soon after his leg heals he arrives at a fort which is a gateway to the west. This is where he begins to record his frontier experiences in a journal read in voice over.

Dunbar meets Major Fambrough (Maury Chaykin). The Major has slipped into alcohol-fueled delusions of grandeur (apparently believing he is a king and Dunbar a medieval knight). Fambrough scribbles out Dunbar’s orders to report to Captain Cargill at Fort Sedgwick and pairs him off with an uncouth drayage teamster named Timmons (Robert Pastorelli), who is to convey him to his post. After they depart, Fambrough shoots himself in the head.

As Dances With Wolves and Stands With A Fist leave the camp, Wind In His Hair cries out that Dances With Wolves will always be his friend. Soon after, a column of US Cavalry and Pawnee army scouts arrive to find the former Sioux camp site empty. Before the end credits, a note explains that a few years later the last remnants of free Sioux were subjugated to the U.S. Government, ending the conquest of the Western frontier states.

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

  • Directors: Kevin Reynolds
  • Producers: Pen Densham, Richard Barton Lewis, John Watson
  • Writers: Pen Densham, John Watson
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater, Nick Brimble, Mike McShane, Geraldine McEwan, Daniel Peacock, Michael Wincott, Walter Sparrow, Harold Innocent, Brian Blessed

Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner), an English nobleman, joins King Richard “the Lionheart” in the Third Crusade. In Jeruslaem, Robin is captured and imprisoned along with his comrade Peter. Robin engineers an escape, saving the life of a Moor, Azeem, (Morgan Freeman) in the process; Peter dies in the attempt and has Robin swear to protect his sister Marian. Robin returns to England with Azeem, who vows to accompany Robin until the debt of saving his life is repaid.

In England, with King Richard on crusade, the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) rules over the land, aided by his cousin, Guy of Gisbourne (Michael Wincott) along with the witch Mortianna (Geraldine McEwan) and the corrupt Bishop of Hereford (Harold Innocent). At Locksley castle, Robin’s father (Brian Blessed) is lured to the gates and killed by the Sheriff’s men after refusing to join them.

When Robin and Azeem arrive in England, they find Gisbourne and his soldiers bullying a boy named Wulf, accused of poaching (because his family was starved by Gisbourne). Robin reveals his identity and saves Wulf.

Gisbourne reveals Robin’s actions to the Sheriff, who dismisses Robin as unimportant. Robin and Azeem find Locksley Castle destroyed and Robin’s father murdered. Lord Locksley’s servant, Duncan (Walter Sparrow), has survived, though his eyes were removed in torture. Duncan tells Robin that “Nottingham and his Witch” appeared with soldiers at the castle, claiming Robin’s father confessed to devil worship; this allowed them to execute him and declare his lands forfeit.

Robin and Marian marry in the forest. Their wedding is interrupted by the return of King Richard (Sean Connery), who blesses the marriage and thanks Robin for his deeds.

Wyatt Earp

  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Producers: Kevin Costner, Jim Wilson, Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Dan Gordon, Lawrence Kasdan
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Biography, Romance, Western
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, David Andrews, Linden Ashby, Jeff Fahey, Joanna Going

The film opens with Wyatt Earp as a teenager living on the family farm. His older brothers, Virgil and James, are away at war serving with the Union Army. Wyatt dreams of war, and packs some belongings, bids his younger siblings goodbye, and attempts to run away, intending to lie about his age and join the Union Army. He doesn’t make it off the farm before his father catches him and forces him to return home. A short while later, both brothers return home at the war’s end, with James gravely wounded. Shortly afterwards, the family moves west. It is during this move that Wyatt first sees a man killed, shot during a gunfight. He gets sick at the sight, and vomits.

Years pass, finding him working out west as a wagon driver. During his time there, he works also as a referee for fights, and finds himself at odds with a bully. Wyatt and the bully eventually come to the point of fighting, with the bully intending to shoot Wyatt. Wyatt disarms him and defeats him, taking his gun as a trophy.

Returning home to Missouri, Wyatt marries a childhood sweetheart, Urilla Sutherland. The two move into their own house, and he begins working as a policeman. Months later, while pregnant, his wife dies from typhus. He stays by her side throughout the illness, becoming deeply depressed afterward. He burns their home and all they own, begins drinking, and drifting from town to town, eventually landing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He robs a man for money and steals his horse, but is captured only a short time later. Facing certain hanging, his father bails him out of jail, telling him to leave and never return to Arkansas.

Wyatt and his brothers Morgan and Virgil arrest several Cowboys, and Virgil takes over as marshal following the murder of town marshal Fred White. The brothers find themselves at odds with the “Cowboys” often, and tension builds. Wyatt breaks up several altercations involving the “Cowboys”, particularly Ike Clanton, and Doc Holliday swears his loyalty to Wyatt, whom he considers his only real friend. Eventually the Gunfight at the OK Corral occurs, with the brothers being looked upon by much of the population as villains, and the rest as heroes. Virgil is ambushed and wounded, then his brother Morgan is killed. The film then shows only a glimpse of the Vendetta Ride with Wyatt and his friends taking out revenge on the remaining “Cowboys”, then skips to many years later with he and Josie mining for gold in Alaska. While enroute by boat, a young man on the same boat recognizes Wyatt, and recounts a story in which Wyatt had saved the life of the boy’s uncle, “Tommy behind the deuce”. The film ends with Wyatt saying to Josie “A lot of people say it didn’t happen that way”, to which she responds “Never mind them Wyatt. It happened that way”.

Field of Dreams

  • Directors: Phil Alden Robinson
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon and, Charles Gordon
  • Writers: W P Kinsella, Phil Alden Robinson
  • Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sport
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Timothy Busfield, Frank Whaley, Gaby Hoffmann, with Ray Liotta, as Shoeless Joe, and Burt Lancaster, as Doc Graham

Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is a novice farmer who lives in rural Iowa with his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan), and their young daughter Karin (Gaby Hoffmann). Ray’s deceased father, John Kinsella (Dwier Brown), loved baseball, the Chicago White Sox, and Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who was banned from baseball for his part in throwing the 1919 World Series. To Ray, his father seemed “worn down” by life, an old man before his time.

While walking through his cornfield, Ray hears a voice whisper, “If you build it, he will come”, and sees a vision of a baseball field. Annie is skeptical, but supportive, as she tells him to follow his vision. Ray plows under his corn crop – to the amazement of his neighbors – and builds the field as requested, hoping to find out what will happen. He waits all year, but nothing happens; dejected and confused, Ray retains the ballfield for the next growing season.

One night the next summer, as Ray and Annie are debating planting corn in the ballfield in order to stay financially solvent, their daughter, Karin, comes to them and tells them that someone is on the ballfield. An astonished Ray comes out to the field to see who it is. Ray discovers that it’s Shoeless Joe Jackson. Ray hits some balls to Shoeless Joe and pitches to him. Joe is thrilled to have a field on which to play, and asks if he can bring some friends. The next time he returns, he brings the other seven players banned in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. All of these players are long dead, but it is unclear if they are ghosts or if they have been brought back to life. Soon after, Ray is told by his brother-in-law Mark (Timothy Busfield) – who is unable to see the players – that unless he gets rid of the baseball field and returns it to farmland, he will go bankrupt. Mark is employed by the same bank that holds Ray’s mortgage, and warns him that the only reason his property has not been brought into foreclosure is due to Mark’s influence, out of concern for his sister.

At his wife’s suggestion, Ray introduces John to his granddaughter, Karin, catching himself before telling Karin who he is, and simply introducing him as “John”. They walk and talk together and then, as his father is heading toward the outfield to leave with the rest of the players, Ray asks him to have a catch, finally calling him “Dad”. Father and son choke back tears and, as they have a catch, the viewer is pulled back and high above the field. A long line of cars approaches the baseball field, the trail of headlights extending to the horizon and the twilight.

The Untouchables

  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Art Linson, Executive Producer, Raymond Hartwick
  • Writers: Original Novel, Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness, Screenplay, David Mamet
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Robert De Niro

Prohibition in the United States has led to an organized crime wave in the 1920s and early 1930s. Various gangs bootleg vast amounts of alcohol and control their businesses with violence and extortion. The problem is most serious in Chicago, where gang leader Al Capone (Robert De Niro) has almost the whole city (even the Mayor of Chicago) under his control, and supplies poor-quality liquor at high prices. Treasury Department agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is put in charge of leading the crusade against Capone and his empire. Ness’s initial strategy is to conduct raids using a large squad of uniformed police officers, but his first attempt fails when he breaks into a warehouse storing umbrellas. Capone’s reaction to the next day’s newspaper headlines about the botched raid implies that someone on the force tipped his men off.

Embarrassed over the fiasco and seeking ideas for a change of tactics, Ness has a chance encounter with Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), an incorruptible Irish beat cop who understands the way Capone does business, and decides to ask for his help. Malone urges Ness to become as ruthless as the gangsters he wants to take down: “He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way, and that’s how you get Capone.” Malone confirms Ness’ suspicion that a cop informed Capone about the earlier raid and suggests that, because of this rampant corruption, Ness should recruit directly from the police academy in order to find team members who have not yet had a chance to come under Capone’s influence. Italian-American trainee George Stone, formerly Giuseppe Petri (Andy García), is enlisted for his superior marksmanship and calm reactions under pressure. Joined by Treasury accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), detailed to Chicago from Washington, Ness has built an incorruptible team, capable of combating Capone.

As he packs up his office, Ness contemplates the Saint Jude medallion that Malone had carried with him for many years (linked to his call box key), and which Malone had given to him before dying. Ness gives the medallion to Stone, reasoning that since Jude is the patron saint of police officers, Malone would have wanted him to have it. Out on the street, a reporter wishes to have a word from Ness, but Ness modestly downplays his role in the showdown. When the reporter mentions that Prohibition is due to be repealed and asks what Ness might do then, Ness smiles and responds, “I think I’ll have a drink,” then walks away into the busy Chicago streets.

The Bodyguard

  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Producers: Kevin Costner, Lawrence Kasdan, Jim Wilson
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Genres: Romance, Drama, Thriller, Music
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Christopher Birt

In this film debut for Houston, she plays Rachel Marron, a music superstar who is being stalked. Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), a professional bodyguard and former Secret Service agent, is hired to protect her.

The film then follows Rachel Marron’s life through her career and family. Performances include her singing hits such as I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing. Frank Farmer successfully protects her from danger and as a result of his protection, Rachel falls in love with Frank. He initially tries to keep the relationship professional, but the two sleep together. However, recognizing that their relationship may compromise his protection of her, Frank breaks off their affair. Rachel must put her trust in Frank ahead of her own desire for success. In the end, Frank’s duty is fulfilled, having successfully protected Rachel, and they part with a kiss. Frank then moves on to his next assignment to protect an archbishop.