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Legend (1985)

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

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Storyline

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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A world full of magic, wonder and desire. (US VHS) See more »


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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Legenda  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,261,154, 20 April 1986

Gross USA:

$15,502,112
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack's armor is made from flattened bottle caps. See more »

Goofs

Before Jack and Darkness fight at the end, Darkness has Jack up against a wall, face to face. Shot from a side angle, you can see that the skin around Darkness' chin and lower jaw are not attached to his head indicating that the skin is synthetic rubber. See more »

Quotes

Honeythorn Gump: You willful sprite! How dare you keep such secrets?
Oona: They're mine to keep.
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Connections

Referenced in Mallrats (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

My True Love's Kiss
(uncredited)
Performed by Mia Sara
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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A fantastic classic
28 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

What I loved most about this movie is that it pertains a happy medium. What I mean by this is that, while the effects, sets, and visuals of the time were outstanding, the movie was not meant to attract just anyone. It was not a movie that claims familiar sensations and thoughts (except the good vs evil basis), but that branches out into the most wild reaches of the imagination. This is a 'cult' movie because its display is fantastic.

The themes are simple. Good versus evil, hero and villain, a world of fantasy, true love. But what the director accomplished was deeper, more disturbing, darker, and so much more pleasing to the eyes then you could expect from a 'fairytale'. Even when the scenes are cheerful and bright, you sense how fragile it is, and how mortal the characters are. And when the scenes are dark and evil, you can not shield your eyes or feel afraid. You are drawn and can not look away.

It was these effects that played with the mind just the way a fantasy should. You must be left in awe and confusion, and still curious for more.

The actors were great (Cruise, unfortunately, being my least favorite choice, and Tim Curry and the boy who played the Forest Sprite being the absolute best). The costumes, makeup, and set are superb.

One of my 'must sees' for those who not only love 'cult' movies, but who love to feel the movie, to be a part of it, and to be left inspired.


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