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The Last Unicorn (1982)

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A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Schmendrick (voice)
Prince Lir (voice)
Unicorn / Amalthea (voice)
Molly Grue (voice)
The Butterfly (voice)
Mommy Fortuna (voice)
King Haggard (voice)
Captain Cully / Harpy (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Mabruk (voice)
The Skull (voice)
Brother Theodore ...
Ruhk (voice)
Don Messick ...
The Cat (voice)
Jack Lester ...
Hunter #1 / Old Farmer / Cully's Men (voice)
The Tree (voice)
Jack Jingley / Cully's Men (voice) (as Edward Peck)


From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard... Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

19 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Último Unicórnio  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A live action version of the novel has toiled in "development hell" over the years, though it has reached various states of preproduction at times, even with Christopher Lee and Angela Lansbury set to reprise their roles. As of 2013, ongoing legal disputes stemming from the original animated film coupled with budgetary issues have stalled the project, though author Peter S. Beagle has completed a new screenplay, and still expresses hopes that the film will one day be made. See more »


[first lines]
Hunter #2: I dislike the feel of this woods. Creatures that live in a unicorn's forest learn a little magic of their own in time. Mainly concerned with disappearing.
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A cildhood dream that sticks with you
26 October 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Whether it's a combination of the soundtrack by America, or the super-dramatic vocal talents of the actors, this is one movie that sticks with you for... oh, about 20 years. I can recall lines (and sometimes cry) even when I haven't seen the movie in ages. I was lucky enough to get the (slightly poor) DVD release this week and watched it three times in a night.

Any line that Molly Grue says makes the hairs on my neck stand up. Not being a big anime or fantasy film buff, I still list this as a top child-hood movie to watch over and over (and over again much to the chagrin of my husband). Mia Farrow sounds like an angel. Alan Arkin is just lovable. Jeff Bridges "sounds" handsome (which is about all his character has to be). I'm almost afraid to see the new live version coming out in 2006. I don't want to lose the fantasy of this film.

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