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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

Writers:

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 makes six, gather in an ancient mansion to inherit a Legacy of bloodsome horror. Written by John Coyne

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There is horror...there is terror...beyond them, there is THE LEGACY. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legacy of Maggie Walsh See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Coyne was asked to write a novelization in six weeks to promote the movie, and Hollywood spent a lot of money to make it "briefly" a best seller. See more »

Goofs

When Sam Elliot's character takes a shower and breaks the glass door to avoid being burned with the hot water, his back gets hurt and bleeds, but when Katharine Ross's character comes into the bathroom, Sam's back is completely clean. See more »

Quotes

Clive Jackson: [in Ravenhurst's drawing room] ... I always wanted to break into the music business, myself.
Jacques Grandier: [wryly] In most of Europe, he IS the music business.
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Connections

Spoofs Red River (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Another Side of Me
Sung by Kiki Dee
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Lyric by Gary Osborne
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Loved the book
15 June 2011 | by stuartdonna36See all my reviews

This movie doesn't seem to compare to the horror movies of today but I remember really liking this film when it came out. It may have been considered much better back when the film was released. I had read the book first when it came out before seeing the film and thought it was fantastic. I found it to be a great story and played very well in my mind. Though most seem to have a complaint about the special effects/ cheesiness of the film. I think they fair well in the time frame that the movie was made, plus to this day the swimming pool scene still gives me a chill. If the special effects don't work for you try reading the book and see if your imagination doesn't bring this story to life for you. I gave it an 7 because I felt it was a good solid movie and that is what I would have rated it back in 1978.


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