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Legend -- Tom Cruise stars in this visually stunning fantasy-adventure in which pure good and evil battle to the death in a mythical forest inhabited by fairies, goblins, unicorns and mortals.
Legend -- A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.


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She is of the purest innocence. He is pure evil. He is darkness. See more »
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Jack

Mia Sara ... Lili

Tim Curry ... Darkness

David Bennent ... Gump
Alice Playten ... Blix

Billy Barty ... Screwball
Cork Hubbert ... Brown Tom
Peter O'Farrell ... Pox

Kiran Shah ... Blunder
Annabelle Lanyon ... Oona

Robert Picardo ... Meg Mucklebones
Tina Martin ... Nell
Ian Longmur ... Demon Cook (as Ian Longmuir)
Michael Crane ... Demon Cook (as Mike Crane)
Liz Gilbert ... Dancing Black Dress
Eddie Powell ... Mummified Guard
Ian Stewart ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Jeff Davies ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Sally Dewhurst ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Jane Devonshire ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Amanda Rose ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Joey Baxter ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)

Sharon Brown ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Nicky Dewhurst ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Debbie Greenwell ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Helene Holland ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Anna Kipling ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Samantha Newbury ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Belinda Payne ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Gabriel Piatrowski ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
Jerome Sax ... Faerie Firelight Dancer (Director's Cut)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Edmonds ... Tic (uncredited)

Directed by
Ridley Scott 
Writing credits
William Hjortsberg (written by)

Produced by
Joseph P. Grace .... associate producer
Tim Hampton .... co-producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith (director's cut)
Tangerine Dream 
Eric Allaman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Terry Rawlings 
Production Design by
Assheton Gorton 
Art Direction by
Leslie Dilley (supervising art director)
Norman Dorme (supervising art director)
Cliff Robinson (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Ann Mollo 
Costume Design by
Charles Knode 
Makeup Department
Henry Alvarez .... sculptural designer: The Rob Bottin Crew
Max Alvarez .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Bobby Belnap .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Rob Bottin .... special makeup creator
Ed Branson .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Patricia Brewer .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Lois Burwell .... makeup artist
Pat Cardamone .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Ron Castro .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Jerry Chin .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Jerry Chinn)
Mike Cobos .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Ralph Cobos .... staff shop supervisor: The Rob Bottin Crew
Guy Deel .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist (as Linda Devetta)
Ken Diaz .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Nick Dudman .... makeup artist
Katalin Elek .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Katilin Elek)
Fernando Favila .... production assistant: The Rob Bottin Crew
Eithne Fennel .... hairdresser (as Eithne Fennell)
Gunnar Ferdinandsen .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Laura Filip .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Tamara Fites .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Tammy Fites)
Art Flores .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Camille Forgy .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Susan Forrest .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Eddie Garcia .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
Richard Glass .... contact lens consultant
John Goodwin .... lab technician supervisor: The Rob Bottin Crew
Verner Gresty .... lab technician
Joe Griffith .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Pauline Heys .... makeup artist
Mike Hill .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Jack Johnson .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Clive R. Kay .... contact lens consultant (as Clive Kay)
Martin A. Kline .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Marty Kline)
Sheri Koskie .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Iya Labunka .... production coordinator: The Rob Bottin Crew
Robert Lobetta .... hair designer: Mia Sara & Annabelle Lanyon
Phil Mantione .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Lauren Marems .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Richard Medina .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Chuck Montova .... production coordinator: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Chuck Montoya)
Robert Newman .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Sue Oakes .... lab technician
Becky Ochoa .... cosmetic hair supervisor: The Rob Bottin Crew
Roberto Olivas .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Robert Olivas)
Dennis Pawlik .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Patrick Philben .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Patrick Philbin)
Art Pimentel .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Art Pimental)
Margaret Prentice .... cosmetic paint supervisor: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Margaret Beserra)
Vincent Prentice .... lead special makeup artist: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Vince Prentice)
Suzanne Reynolds .... lab technician (as Susan Reynolds)
Barbara Ritchie .... chief hairdresser
John Rizzo .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Peter Robb-King .... makeup supervisor
Jane Royle .... makeup artist
Richard Ruiz .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Ernie Shelton .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Dwight Shundo .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Tom Small .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Mike Sorrentino .... production coordinator: The Rob Bottin Crew
Wayne Strong .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Jackie Tichenor .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Josephine Turner .... crew: The Rob Bottin Crew
Joan White .... hairdresser
Richard White .... production manager: The Rob Bottin Crew
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
David Barron .... unit manager
Hugh Harlow .... production supervisor
Joel Chernoff .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Coleman .... third assistant director
Garth Thomas .... first assistant director
Paul Tivers .... second assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director (as Gerald Toomey)
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Mark Goddard .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Murray .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Ken Shane .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Kevin Westley .... assistant director: acrobatic sequences (uncredited)
Art Department
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
John Blakeley .... sculptor/modeller
Michael Boone .... draftsman
Tom Brown .... draftsman
John Fenner .... assistant art director
Julian Francis .... modeller
Anthony Freeman .... sculptor/modeller (as Tony Freeman)
Ian Gill .... production buyer
Barnaby Gorton .... art department trainee
Bill Hargreaves .... supervising propmaker (as William Hargreaves)
Andrew Holder .... sculptor/modeller
Lance Hunter .... modeller
Naomi Iny .... modeller
Dave Jordan .... property master (as David Jordan)
Nick Kubicki .... modeller
Laura McKenzie .... modeller
Peter Melrose .... scenic supervisor
Jim Morahan .... assistant art director (as James Morahan)
Allan Moss .... sculptor/modeller
Ken Pattenden .... construction manager
Wesley Peppiatt .... chargehand stand-by prop
John Ralph .... draftsman
Duncan Reader .... modeller
Michael Redding .... construction manager
Martin Smeaton .... modeller
Susan Smith .... modeller
Richard Stanley .... chargehand dressing prop
Jacqueline Stears .... scenic artist
Peter Voysey .... supervising sculptor
Ron Whittle .... greenery consultant
Damon Wood .... modeller
Yarek Alfer .... sculptor (uncredited)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Joe Cassar .... carpenter (uncredited)
Alan Cheevers .... plasterer (uncredited)
Paul Duff .... carpenter (uncredited)
Barry Gibbs .... props (uncredited)
Emma Harrison .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Robert Jackson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Johnson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Alan Lee .... conceptual designer (uncredited)
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Steve Payne .... dressing props (uncredited)
Miles Teves .... concept illustrator: Rob Bottin Productions (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... dubbing mixer (as Michael Carter)
Roy Charman .... production sound mixer
Martin Crane .... footsteps editor
Louis Elman .... voice consultant
Glenn Freemantle .... assistant dubbing editor
Chris Greenham .... supervising dialogue editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... chief dubbing mixer (as Graham Hartstone)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Peter Musgrave .... dubbing editor (as Peter Musgrave)
Wally Nelson .... assistant dubbing editor
Anne Parsons .... dialogue editor
Clive Pendry .... dubbing mixer
Chris Reed .... assistant dialogue editor
George Rice .... production sound maintenance
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor
John Stevenson .... production boom operator
Hugh Strain .... chief dubbing mixer
Malcolm Davies .... additional sound (uncredited)
Malcolm Davies .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... dubbing theatre projectionist: De Lane Lea London (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Alan Bryce .... effects technician (as Allan Bryce)
Joe Fitt .... effects technician
Phil Knowles .... floor supervisor (as Phillip Knowles)
Fiona Latto .... effects technician
John Markwell .... effects technician
John McGoldrick .... effects technician
Melvyn Pearson .... effects technician
Alan Poole .... effects technician
Terry Schubert .... effects technician
Neil Swan .... effects technician
Matthew Harlow .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Stanley W. Sayer .... matte photography consultant (as Stanley Sayer)
Andrew Eio .... visual effects technician (uncredited)
Kent Houston .... visual effects (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Terry Cade .... stunts & doubles
Perry Davey .... stunts & doubles
Anthony Georghiou .... stunts & doubles
Nick Gillard .... stunts & doubles
Paul Grant .... stunts & doubles
Kevin Hudson .... stunts & doubles
Wendy Leech .... stunts & doubles (as Wendy Leach)
Danny Potts .... stunts & doubles
Jordan Scott .... stunts & doubles
Dean Shackelford .... stunts & doubles (as Dean Shackleford)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Beavis .... camera grip
David Cadwallader .... camera grip
John Campbell .... assistant camera
John Foster .... camera department trainee
Martin Fowley .... second assistant camera
Kenny Groom .... second assistant camera
Martin Hume .... assistant camera
Malcolm Huse .... camera grip
Ron Hutton .... chargehand electrician (as Ronald Hutton)
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator (as Peter McDonald)
Max Mowdray .... additional photography
Shaun O'Dell .... camera operator
Harry Oakes .... additional photography
Andrew Shields .... video operator
Stefan Stankowski .... second assistant camera
Robert Toft .... video operator
John Tythe .... gaffer
Peter Versey .... assistant camera
George Whitear .... still photographer
Harry Woodley .... gaffer
Raymond Flindall .... rigger (uncredited)
Martin Foley .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Mark Hanlon .... electrician (uncredited)
Jordan Klein Jr. .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
Andy Matthews .... electrician (uncredited)
Carlos Melville .... electrician (uncredited)
Chyna Thomson .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Noel Davis .... casting: London
Jane Feinberg .... casting: Los Angeles
Mike Fenton .... casting: Los Angeles
Donna Isaacson .... casting: New York
Marci Liroff .... casting: Los Angeles (as Marcie Liroff)
Jeremy Zimmermann .... casting: London
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Christopher Alderson .... costume supervisor
Lola Boomer .... costume maker
Sue Cable .... costume maker
Zena Carter .... costume maker
Elizabeth Charlesworth .... design assistant
Graham Churchyard .... design assistant
Karen Elton .... costume maker
Helen Gill .... wardrobe assistant
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe assistant
John Hilling .... wardrobe assistant
Janet Lucas .... wardrobe assistant
Karen McLean .... costume maker (as Karen Maclean)
Penny McVitie .... costume supervisor
Day Murch .... costume maker
Patty Pope .... costume supervisor
Barbara Rutter .... design assistant
Patrick Sharkey .... wardrobe assistant
Ro Sylvester-Fisher .... costume maker (as Rosemary Sylvester Fisher)
John Cowell .... costume painter (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David R. Brooks .... editing department trainee (as David Brooks)
Fay Corner .... editing department trainee
Stephen Cox .... assistant editor (as Steve Cox)
William D. Gordean .... supervising film editor (as William Gordean)
Pamela Power .... additional editor (as Pam Power)
Gordon Stainforth .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Bettis .... lyricist (director's cut)
Michael Clifford .... music editor (director's cut)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (director's cut)
Alan Killick .... music editor (as Allen Killick)
Ernie Locket .... music copyist (director's cut) (as Ernie Lockett)
Michael Redfern .... assistant music editor (director's cut)
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music mixer (director's cut) (as Mike Ross)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mark White .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Vic Armstrong .... unicorn master
Stanley Bielecki .... publicity consultant
Tony Coroon .... production accountant
Gordon Davis .... assistant accountant
Kay Fenton .... script supervisor
Bill Finch .... supervising production accountant (as William Finch)
Andrea Fontaine .... assistant to producer/director
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Peter Govey .... main titles
Danny Graber .... animal trainer
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater unit (as Jordan Klein)
Sandy Langdale .... assistant accountant (as Sandra Langdale)
Ralph M. Leo .... production auditor: The Rob Bottin Crew (as Ralph Leo)
Tim Lewis .... production runner
Colin Lyles .... grooms
Claudio Mancini .... adviser to producer
Martin Maryon .... grooms
John McCloughlin .... underwater unit
Gavin McKinney .... underwater unit
Jorge Pelaez .... trainer: unicorn
Arlene Phillips .... choreographer
Jean Simmons .... accounts secretary
Joyce Turner .... production assistant
Sara Weston .... assistant to producer/director
Yarek Alfer .... technician (uncredited)
Wayne Docksey .... animal master (uncredited)
Marsha Bentley Hale .... researcher (uncredited)
Scott Milne .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of: Albert G Ruben and Co.
Bette Smith .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of: The Completion Bond Company
Crew believed to be complete

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94 min | USA:114 min (director's cut) | USA:89 min | USA:89 min (theatrical version)
Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2001) | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2002) | USA:PG | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:12

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Working title was originally "Legend of Darkness".See more »
Revealing mistakes: One of the unicorns has a brand at the top of its left hindquarters that is clearly visible in some scenes. It is a "C" from the ranch where the horses were gotten in Spain.See more »
Pox:[to Blix] You only got the shot in 'cause the Princess was there! Wrong! 'Twas Beauty led the Beast to bay!
Blunder:She was so sweet, I could eat her brains like jam!
Pox:I could suck her bones...
Blix:Enough! Better hurry. Dark Lord, he don't like to wait.
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Referenced in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)See more »
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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut?
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123 out of 146 people found the following review useful.
To take the horn of the Unicorn is to end all hope!, 4 April 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

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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