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The Legacy (1978)

A millionaire, a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker, a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow. Five of the most powerful people in the world, and Maggie (... See full summary »

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Richard Marquand

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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Patrick Tilley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Ross ... Margaret Walsh
Sam Elliott ... Pete Danner
John Standing ... Jason Mountolive
Ian Hogg ... Harry
Margaret Tyzack ... Nurse Adams
Charles Gray ... Karl Liebnecht
Lee Montague ... Jacques Grandier
Hildegard Neil Hildegard Neil ... Barbara Kirstenburg
Marianne Broome Marianne Broome ... Maria Gabrieli
William Abney William Abney ... Butler
Patsy Smart ... Cook
Mathias Kilroy Mathias Kilroy ... Stable Lad
Reg Harding Reg Harding ... Gardener
Roger Daltrey ... Clive Jackson
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Storyline

A millionaire, a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker, a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow. Five of the most powerful people in the world, and Maggie (Katharine Ross) makes six, gather in an ancient mansion to inherit a Legacy of bloodsome horror. Written by John Coyne

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Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,364,985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,364,985
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Ravenhurst Manor" is, in real-life, Roger Daltrey's residence. He offered his mansion for filming purposes on a single condition: that the producers cast him in their movie, to which they agreed. See more »

Goofs

In an establishing shot, one of the rear tires of Mountolive's limo clips one of the spherical concrete bollards, which starts rapidly rolling along the drive revealing that it is fake. See more »

Quotes

Karl Liebnecht: [to Maggie, who has discovered the portrait of Margaret Walsingham... a dead ringer for herself!] She was dragged from the house and burnt at the stake, on the orders of Elizabeth the First. She was succeeded by her illegitimate daughter... who inherited all her wealth, all her knowledge, and all her POWER!
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical cut is 100 min. and British theatrical cut 102 min. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Another Side of Me
Sung by Kiki Dee
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Lyric by Gary Osborne
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Fairly classy underrated thriller
18 October 2008 | by mnpollioSee all my reviews

Interior decorator Katharine Ross and boyfriend Sam Elliot are offered a plum assignment in England. When they are run off the road by an enigmatic millionaire, he invites them to stay at his family castle while their motorcycle is repaired...and then the fun begins. The film can be taken as either a straight horror film or an Agatha Christie-style supernatural mystery. There is not much in the way of genuine surprises, but it is interesting figuring out which of the guests at the English estate will be the next to go and how. Ross and Elliot play their roles believably as a suitably bewildered American couple, who cannot understand how they got stuck in this predicament and how the heck to get out of it. The cast is made up of solid, familiar British actors and the cinematography lends a polish that helps this film rise above the usual dreck in this genre. While not edge-of-your-seat, the film moves along briskly and there is just enough gruesomeness to add to the atmosphere. Aside from the leads, Margaret Tyzack is particularly effective as a sinister nurse. Richard Marquand's direction is above-average and he deftly showcases the English countryside, the stately manor and Sam Elliot's birthday suit (THANK YOU, RICHARD!) with equal aplomb.


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