I'll start with Roby Roy
. This movie is pretty much shoved full of awesome actors, and there is no one weak in the cast. It came out about two years after Schindler's List, and I think Liam Neeson's performance trumps his role as Oskar Schindler. He simply has not turned in a better performance either before or since, and, yes, I realize he has is a amazing actor that has played some incredible roles. Tim Roth is his equal with one of the best villain performances by anyone ever, since he really, really makes you despise him. Jessica Lange may steal the show, though, with her performance
in the middle of the movie. She barely says anything at all, but the sheer range of emotion she portrays with her eyes and body language is a fine arts clinic. John Hurt and Andrew Keir round out things out with the sort of classical stage training that just doesn't exist in major motion pictures anymore.
Of course, there is this at the end of the movie:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27M5KWI_q50]YouTube - ‪Rob Roy - Final Duel‬‏[/VIDEO]
No music, no fancy special effects, no flashy moves. It's an authentic, gritty, real sword fight. William Hobbs knocks it out of the fucking park as fight choreographer. If you've seen the 90s versions of Robin Hood, Hamlet, The Count of Monty Cristo, or The Man in the Iron Mask, then you've seen his brilliance before. I maintain that this is his finest hour.
Awesome, awesome film. Caught it on HBO the other night, completely forgetting how amazing it was, start to finish. If you've never seen it, go rent it immediately.