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1 February 2000 (USA) See more »
A documentary that tracks five years and three generations of a Chicago family's life in public housing. The murder of a family member has an immediate impact, but eventually changes them toward a more positive outlook on life in the end. | Add synopsis »
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Alaissa Collins ... Herself
Marquis Collins ... Himself
Nickcole Collins ... Narrator
Terrell Collins ... Himself (archive footage)
Wanda Collins ... Herself
Dorothy Jackson ... Herself

Directed by
Tod Lending 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tod Lending 

Produced by
Daniel Alpert .... co-producer
Robert Larson .... executive producer
Tod Lending .... producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Original Music by
Sheldon Mirowitz 
Cinematography by
Randell Blakely 
Phil Cantor 
Slawomir Grunberg 
Sid Lubitsch 
Therese Sherman 
Keith Walker 
Don Winter 
Film Editing by
Daniel Alpert 
Makeup Department
Suzy Mazzarese-Allison .... hair stylist
Art Department
Michael S. Tunstall .... construction
Sound Department
Tom Blakemore .... sound re-recording mixer
Bryen Hensley .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Gary Pilkinton .... special effects foreman
Camera and Electrical Department
Kent Eanes .... still photographer
Max J. Miller .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Brendan Burnett .... assistant on-line editor
Music Department
Matt Mariano .... assistant to composer


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Cinema verite and a compelling story, 15 July 2000
Author: Chesnaye

"Legacy" is a basic, well-made film documenting five years of the Collins family. After the shooting of the oldest son, the other family members try to overcome despair, pick up the pieces, then gain inspiration from their deceased loved one and use it to improve their lives. It's a very straightforward film that does an efficient job of presenting the subjects and telling their stories. Apart from the occasional shot of a family photo, we're seeing things in motion. The films covers a breadth of characters, from the motivated Nicole, who is under pressure to go to college and save the family, to her mother who can't commit to a job, to her aunt, struggling to kick a cocaine addiction, to her grandmother, a dedicated parent who has been trying all her life to get away from the projects.

The film makes up for its subjects' weak powers of verbal articulation both by capturing their physical language--facial expressions, hand and body movements, and vocal tones--and with a voiceover (delivered by Nicole) that is very effective but a bit overworked.

All in all, "Legacy" is full of drama, humor, and is simple understated documentary storytelling at its best. We do get a few accidental (and amusing) glimpses of the camera crew, but it's not nearly enough to endanger the reality of this compelling and moving drama.

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