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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

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

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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There's Magic in Believing! See more »


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19 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Último Unicórnio  »

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Trivia

The riddle that befuddles Ruhk - "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" - is the famous unanswered riddle asked by The Mad Hatter in "Alice In Wonderland", by Lewis Carroll. Carroll wrote the riddle as nonsense; it has no answer. This has not stopped people, despite being repeatedly told that there is not, nor should there be, any answer, from trying to contrive one. Among the suggestions are, "because Edgar Allan Poe wrote on both" and "because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes" (the second of which is very similar to a solution that Lewis Carroll himself wearily suggested when he grew tired of people asking him about it). See more »

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[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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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: To Boldly Flee: Part VIII (2012) See more »

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Now That I'm A Woman
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Mia Farrow
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Whimsical
13 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I only saw this movie recently and I wondered why I had never seen it before. I haven't read the book, and I only vaguely remembered some of my friends mentioning this movie.

I'm not usually a big fan of classic medieval fantasy, even though I love fantasy in general, but I enjoyed this movie so much. Even though it's a family movie, it doesn't get too cutesy and doesn't sweeten the story and the universe that the characters evolve in. And the characters do evolve, which is another of the good points in it. Even though it's a fairy tale, it's easy to apply some themes of the movie to our world. By example, we can suppose that this is a movie about staying true to yourself. This is no Disney movie. The ending can be seen in a positive as well as in a negative light. You can have many opinions about it, which is one thing I liked so much.

The art and character design is beautiful. You can tell it was made in the 70's or early 80's and it just adds more appeal to it. The style is a mix between anime and occidental cartoon style, but it works very well, specially since this type of collaboration cartoon was so frequent at that time. The atmosphere of the movie is helped by the gentle colors and the music. Yes, the music.. The music wasn't so great, I have to admit, but it really worked well for one reason. They didn't take instrumental music, they didn't try to compose fantasy-themed music for it. They used modern music, and even though it wasn't the best, it added a different and pleasant feeling to it..

In my opinion this is a beautiful movie that deserves a really high mark..


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