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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There may never be another dawn. (International and US Trailer) See more »


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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Legenda  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

With the exception of Tom Cruise and Mia Sara, all the principal actors spent hours every morning having extensive makeup applied. Between 8 and 12 prosthetic pieces were applied individually to each face, then made up, molded and grafted into the actor's face so that the prosthetics moved with their muscles. Each person needed three makeup artists working on them for an average time of three and a half hours spent applying prosthetics. Out of all the characters, the most challenging one in terms of makeup was Darkness. See more »

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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

Blix: Higher higher, burning fire, making music like a choir.
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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Fairy Tales (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Armour
(uncredited)
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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