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Legend (1985)

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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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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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unicorn | princess | demon | love | monster | See more »

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


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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$15,502,112 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ridley Scott:  [opening scroll]  The movie opens with a text scroll. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the director's cut, where Lily places her ring onto Jack's finger, you can clearly see the camera's lens in the ring's silver reflection. See more »

Quotes

The Lord of Darkness: Oh, Mother Night! Fold your dark arms about me. Protect me in your black embrace. I sit alone, an impotent exile, whilst this form, this presence, returns to torment me!
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Referenced in All Our Variant Futures (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Forgive Me
(uncredited)
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by 'The National Philharmonic Orchestra' & 'The National Philharmonic Chorus
Courtesy of Silva America
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To take the horn of the Unicorn is to end all hope!
4 April 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Never did the phrase "a beautiful film" have more relevance than in this wonderful piece of adult fantasy. Make no mistake, this masterpiece, Ridley Scott's fourth film (it followed BLADE RUNNER) was never intended for children. Those who have written it off as a kids' movie totally betray their limitations and inability to see what is being offered here.

A youthful Tom Cruise was such a good choice as Jack, the forest dweller destined to plunge the world into darkness and then have but one opportunity to restore the light. Mia Sara is the beautiful princess, part Cinderella, part angel, all virgin! and Tim Curry? well, what a simply staggering contribution as the Lord of Darkness. Totally unrecognizable both visually and audibly but what a performance.

All the Ridley Scott trademarks are here, the back-projected blue light, the filtered scenes of wonderment, central characters in a crisis, the enigma of life itself. If anything, LEGEND is better now than when it was released. In '85 it received critical praise - just no-one went to see it! Well that's not strictly true. I attended the Sydney premiere and sat thru it entranced as others fidgeted, whispered, and generally brought attention to their limited attention spans and lowered perceptions!

Certainly it is a film that on one level children could relate to and even enjoy but it is a far deeper film with a host of reflective ideas and quite magical concepts. What really IS the Lord of Darkness? What is the significance of the Unicorns? What becomes of the innocence we leave behind in childhood? If none of this interests you, make sure you avoid this film!


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