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Legend (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Romance  |  18 April 1986 (USA)
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A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Playten ...
Cork Hubbert ...
Peter O'Farrell ...
Annabelle Lanyon ...
Tina Martin ...
Ian Longmur ...
Demon Cook (as Ian Longmuir)
Michael Crane ...
Demon Cook (as Mike Crane)
Liz Gilbert ...


A demon who seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns and marrying a fairy princess is opposed by the forest boy Jack and his elven allies in this magical fantasy. Two different versions of this picture feature soundtracks by either Tangerine Dream or Jerry Goldsmith. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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She is of the purest innocence. He is pure evil. He is darkness. See more »


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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Legenda  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$15,502,112 (USA)

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| (director's cut) | (theatrical)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When it came time to assemble the full director's cut, the original session masters for the Jerry Goldsmith score could not be located. However, Mike Ross-Trevor of Hit Factory Studios in London had kept a two-track digital copy, mixed down from eight-track session masters, which he knew "would be worth preserving." Most of these tapes contained complete takes, which had to be re-edited from scratch to match the cues in the recut print. See more »


Throughout the movie, the Unicorns have mismatched genders. It can clearly be seen when the animals rear up in the air. One example of this is when Brown Tom is guarding the "mare", and Lily trudges through the snow, frightening the horse. See more »


The Lord of Darkness: I require the solace of the shadows and the dark of the night. Sunshine is my destroyer.
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Dress Waltz
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by 'The National Philharmonic Orchestra' & 'The National Philharmonic Chorus
Courtesy of Silva America
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A film for special people
13 April 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

As often happens I have again bucked the crowd. A fine director has given us a charming morality tale for adults. It is lush, sensual, sweet perhaps naive, certainly it is charming. I am sorry that I did not ever get to hear the Goldsmith score, but I thought the Tangerine Dream score was very fitting. The youthful Tom Cruise was perfectly cast as the forest boy Jack and Mia Sara was just right as the girl. But the makeup job and prosthetics that made Tim Curry the Lord of Darkness was outstanding. a film with brownies, fairies, Unicorns, goblins. What more could a fantasy film deliver, and a a bonus the plaintive voice of YES front man Jon Anderson singing the song over the final credits. I am sorry that there so many people that were not mature enough to enjoy the artistry of this film. I would still like to get the DVD version to see the cut I missed.

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