strangely this is one of my father's favorite films and growing up i was indoctrinated with it. i was almost oblivious to it's reputation as both a box office bomb and a critical whipping boy. watching it today i am stung with nostalgia, and truly in awe of some of the production design. costner's mariner is about as unlikeable as a lead character as i can think of and it's way too long.
There's a small 15 minute segment somewhere in the middle where Wright gets out of his own way and lets the relationship between Baby and Debora breath. Sadly the rest of the running time is taken up by numbing violence and music video montages with editing so hyperactive it needs ritalin.