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Legacy -- After a botched mission, Black Ops operative Malcolm Gray is torn between retribution and personal salvation as he mentally unravels.
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An AWOL Black Ops soldier mentally unravels when holed up in a Brooklyn motel room. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Intense and engaging psychological drama See more (27 total) »


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Idris Elba ... Malcolm Gray

William Hope ... Mark Star

Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Valentina Gray

Richard Brake ... Scott O'Keefe

Clarke Peters ... Ola Adenuga

Julian Wadham ... Gregor Salenko

Gerald Kyd ... Gustavo Helguerra

Mem Ferda ... Andriy

Niall Greig Fulton ... Vladimir
John Kazek ... Dimitri

Annette Badland ... Stephanie Gumpel

Lara Pulver ... Diane Shaw

Eamonn Walker ... Darnell Gray Jnr

Joe Holt ... Ronny Tarbuck

Deobia Oparei ... Roy Cloglam

Juliet Howland ... Anne

Christina Chong ... Jane

Michael Alspaugh ... Carl
Michael Callaghan ... Mikhail

Finlay Harris ... Darnell's supporter
Adam Smith ... Rescue Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calum Cormack ... Backer (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Ikimi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Ikimi  written by

Produced by
Idris Elba .... executive producer
Thomas Ikimi .... producer
Jessica Levick .... associate producer
Michael Olsen .... executive producer
Arabella Page Croft .... producer
Kieran Parker .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Harvey 
Film Editing by
Richard Graham 
Thomas Ikimi 
Casting by
Anna Kennedy 
Production Design by
Gordon Rogers 
Art Direction by
Andy Drummond 
Costume Design by
Harriet Edmonds 
Makeup Department
Jessica Cruickshank .... assistant makeup artist
Maxine Dallas .... makeup artist
Niamh Morrison .... make-up and hair designer
Niamh Morrison .... prosthetics effects
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marissa Carrera .... second assistant director
Jonathan Farmer .... first assistant director
Alison Wallace .... third assistant director
Art Department
Philip Barratt .... graphic artist
Philip Barratt .... graphics
David Macleod .... stand-by props assistant
Eona McCallum .... stand-by art director
Brian McGraw .... stand-by props
Andy Neilson .... property master
Shona Paton .... production buyer
Lynsey Sinnamon .... lead scenic artist
Sound Department
Ruth Adelman .... adr editor
Iain Anderson .... foley mixer
Tom Griffiths .... sound effects editor
Kahl Henderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Longstaffe .... dialogue editor
Micheal MacKinnon .... foley artist
Alastair Mason .... production sound mixer
Kian McClure .... boom operator
Carter Ferguson .... fight director
James Fleming .... assistant fight arranger
Leon Lee .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eve Carreño .... second assistant camera
Ian Forbes .... lighting assistant
Tommy Hankinson .... lighting assistant
David Hutchison .... camera assistant
Vlad Martins .... digital imaging technician
Mark Morley .... grip
Ross Pearson .... stand-by rigger
Mike Scott .... Steadicam / camera operator
Jason Wingrove .... focus puller
Lee Wooster .... gaffer
Casting Department
Ellie Collyer-Bristow .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
April Gilchrist .... costume assistant
Michael Weldon .... costume assistant
Location Management
Pete Murphy .... location manager
Music Department
Matthew Janszen .... assistant to composer
Matt Shelton .... music editor
Transportation Department
Charlie Stuart .... driver
Other crew
Marie Byrne .... assistant to director
Michael Callaghan .... development executive
Joe Gibson .... still photgrapher
Lindsay Goodall .... production coordinator
Glynn Henderson .... safety consultant
David Johnstone .... insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Dolina Macfarlane .... continuity
John Mazyck .... title designer: main titles
Alex McKay .... floor runner
Stephen McShane .... production assistant
John O'Neill .... production accountant
Scott Rodgers .... armorer
Liam Shaw .... floor runner
Dan Moss .... work experience runner (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong brutal violence including some torture and pervasive language
93 min
Germany:16 | USA:R (certificate #46400)

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Producer, Arabella Page Croft said the final edit of the film was only completed 2 days before the premier, which was "close to the wire". They had a final run through of the film on the morning of the premier. She also said she was proud the whole film had been shot in 22 days and all in Scotland.See more »


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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Intense and engaging psychological drama, 1 March 2010
Author: derekrankine from Glasgow, Scotland

I was lucky enough to have seen Legacy at its world premiere closing the 2010 Glasgow Film Festival, where it was introduced by the producers and the writer/director Thomas Ikimi. The audience was informed of an intriguing production history – Ikimi had to source funding from personal contacts in Nigeria, the film was entirely shot in Scotland but mainly set in New York, and Idris Elba, who was also the Executive Producer, took advantage of his connections in the US to acquire much of the cast. Despite a seemingly infeasible gap between the ambitious aspirations and the miniscule budget, it largely succeeds in sustaining a credible and engaging dramatic narrative centred around a 'Black Ops' soldier dealing with the consequences of a failed mission and his earlier actions.

Elba plays Michael Gray, and his compelling central performance (he is in almost every scene) begins with an armed encounter in which his unit's attempt to tackle a Ukranian-born arms dealer ends catastrophically. Following ten months in a military hospital to overcome the torture that he is subsequently subjected to, he returns to Brooklyn and moves in to a run-down apartment for a period of reflection and contemplation. The impressive, elaborate plot that unfolds comfortably melds action sequences and art-house elements, and moves in a range of directions that simultaneously focus on psychological deterioration, the nature of political success (Gray's older brother is a senator on the verge of announcing a presidential campaign) and the responsibilities of the media.

Elba's robust performance aside, the film also features strong supporting acts (including his Wire co-star Clarke Peters) and some outstanding technical flourishes. I particularly liked the vibrant sound effects, from the deafening explosive gunfire to the subtle resonances that perfectly complemented the claustrophobic apartment setting, and the minimal but effective score. My one minor criticism is common to this sub-genre – an unreliable narrator who blurs the lines between the imagined and the real can lead to occasional frustration/confusion for the audience. It is, however, highly recommended, and a very welcome development for film-making in Scotland.

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