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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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"No Good without Evil. No Love without Hate. No Innocence without Lust. I am Darkness." See more »


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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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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?


Early on, Ridley Scott worked with Alan Lee as a visual consultant who drew some characters and sketched environments. However, Scott eventually replaced Lee with Assheton Gorton, a production designer whom he had wanted for both Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). Scott hired Gorton because he knew "all the pitfalls of shooting exteriors on a soundstage. We both knew that whatever we did would never look absolutely real, but would very quickly gain its own reality and dispense with any feeling of theatricality". See more »


In the first few scenes of the audience meeting Lilli she is wearing earrings but around 6mins and 35 seconds in to the movie there is a close up of her face and she is missing an earring. See more »


Blix: Higher higher, burning fire, making music like a choir.
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My True Love's Kiss
Performed by Mia Sara
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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The Director's Cut is Gorgeous!
12 August 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

I will join the chorus... This is a beautiful, and thoroughly enjoyable fantasy film as long as you watch it in digital widescreen and do not bother with the 1hr 30min version. The Director's Cut(better known as the European release) is worthy of an IMDb rating of 8. The American theatrical release is worthy of a 6.5.

This is a fairly straightforward fantasy conceived and directed by Ridley Scott, one of the greatest mainstream directors of our time. The story follows a young man who lives in a forest (Jack, played by Tom Cruise) and a spirited young princess (Lily - Mia Sara) who is in love with him. The lord of darkness (Tim Curry) has sent forth his minions to capture the last two remaining unicorns so that he can banish light from the world forever. Unicorns are attracted to innocence, and so they find themselves in Jack and Lily's company just as the dark lord's play begins to unfold. Before long, Jack and his magical forest friends must save Lily, the one remaining unicorn and the world from the grasp of the dark lord at any price.

Even the lengthier director's cut goes by just a little too quickly. But it's pace is not comparable to the incredibly hasty studio chop-job of the American release. The story is epic, but the medium is not. All considered, however, the production team did a great job given the length limits afforded for the film.

Cruise does pretty well with a role that must have been a little hard to interpret. Jack must behave as a hero, a young man who has learned most of his lessons from nature, and a teenager to varying degrees throughout the film. Mia Sara is delightful a Lily. Tim Curry and David Bennent (Honeythorn Gump) get pretty close to stealing the show. In all, the acting is fine, but the star of the film is really the camera.

Scott has often proved his ability to create immersive experiences in worlds which are somewhat alien (no pun intended) to his audience. Legend does this perhaps as powerfully as his most far-out films (Alien, and Bladerunner). The cinematography, editing, and special effects are exceptionally good, and make the fairly average plot glow. Each scene is a work of art.

Highly recommended for fantasy fans, Ridley Scott, Tim Curry and Mia Sara fans and those interested in artfully presented effects. Recommended for fans of Pan's Labyrinth and Mirrormask. Weakly recommended for Tom Cruise fans.

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