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The Last Unicorn (1982)

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A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil King who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

Writers:

Peter S. Beagle (screenplay), Peter S. Beagle (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Schmendrick (voice)
Jeff Bridges ... Prince Lir (voice)
Mia Farrow ... Unicorn / Amalthea (voice)
Tammy Grimes ... Molly Grue (voice)
Robert Klein ... The Butterfly (voice)
Angela Lansbury ... Mommy Fortuna (voice)
Christopher Lee ... King Haggard (voice)
Keenan Wynn ... Captain Cully / Harpy (voice)
Paul Frees ... Mabruk / The Tree / The Cat (voice)
Rene Auberjonois ... The Skull (voice)
Brother Theodore ... Ruhk (voice)
Don Messick ... The Cat (voice)
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Hunter #1 / Old Farmer / Cully's Men (voice)
Nellie Bellflower ... (voice) (scenes deleted)
Ed Peck ... Jack Jingley / Cully's Men (voice) (as Edward Peck)
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Storyline

From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard... Written by L. Hamre

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There's Magic in Believing! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | West Germany | Japan | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último unicornio See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,250,000, 21 November 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,455,530
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The producers had trouble finding a U.S. distributor. This movie was initially scheduled for release through Associated Film Distribution (AFD) of Britain. Universal Pictures negotiated with AFD in 1981 to act as their U.S. distributor, and this movie was set to be the first AFD movie released under the new deal. However, Universal Pictures was less than enthusiastic about this movie, and New World Pictures took over as distributor in March 1982. When this agreement also fell through, at the last minute, a deal was reached with Jensen Farley Pictures to release this movie. Jensen Farley opened this movie on November 19, 1982, and soon thereafter declared bankruptcy. No profits were ever realized by Rankin/Bass or the other producers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hunter #2: I dislike the feel of this woods. Creatures that live in a unicorn's forest learn a little magic of their own in time. Mainly concerned with disappearing.
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Alternate Versions

The German theatrical version was the longer VHS/DVD version. See more »


Soundtracks

That's All I've Got To Say
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Jeff Bridges and Mia Farrow (dubbed by Katie Irving (uncredited))
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8 January 2005 | by justkeepswimming23See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies. I grew up watching this movie and cherished it. The characters are timeless and the quotes from this movie are so moving. The things that the characters say are so real and true to life. They often reflect some of what's in my own soul and I love that. I read earlier that one of the other reviewers compared this to a Hayao Miyazaki and I would totally have to agree. It has the same elements of the films, the whole reality without the happy ending thing, but it's not sad either. As Schmendrick says, "There are no happy endings because nothing ends." I admire Peter S. Beagle for not only writing a fabulous book by the same title, but for writing this fabulous screenplay as well. I must admit, I'm a bit hesitant to see the upcoming movie for fear it will ruin the old one. I wonder what they will do about songs. America's songs are timeless. They take you to another place and you are part of the magical world that is created for you through animation. While my family is sick of me watching it all the time still and my roommates are definitely tired of me watching it, I will continue to do so since this is a movie that can be watched over and over without anyone getting tired of it. Fabulous. Definitely give it two thumbs way up! Huzzah!


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