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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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The Magical Fantasy Adventure Based on the Bestselling Book. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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USA | UK | Japan | West Germany | France

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The riddle that befuddles Ruhk (Brother Theodore), "Why is a raven like a writing desk?", is the famous unanswered riddle asked by The Mad Hatter in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Carroll wrote the riddle as nonsense. It has no answer. This has not stopped people, despite being repeatedly told that there is not, nor should there be, any answer, from trying to contrive one. Among the suggestions are, "because Edgar Allan Poe wrote on both" and "because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes" (the second of which is very similar to a solution that Lewis Carroll wearily suggested when he grew tired of people asking him about it). 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 language version replaced Mia Farrow's singing during "Now that I'm a Woman" with a version sung by the singer who also is featured in the reprise of the song during "That's all I've Got to Say". The soundtrack CD issued in Germany features that version of "Now That I'm a Woman". See more »

Connections

Referenced in South Park: The Hobbit (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Now That I'm A Woman
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Mia Farrow
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Fantasy classic!
14 April 2005 | by coopnyrmSee all my reviews

I remember watching this movie as a child and wearing out the old VHS tape. The music provided by the 70s music group, America, provides a wonderful folk mood to the piece. I recently discovered this movie on DVD and immediately bought the movie. I watched the movie and read the book. I love how the animators were able to bring forward the essence of Peter Beagle's masterpiece of fantasy fiction.

The Last Unicorn is story about friendship and love. The Unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world. Searching for a sense of identity, she starts a quest to find the other unicorns. That quest introduces her to Schmendrick and Molly Grue. The Unicorn, Schmendrick and Molly are each searching to fill a void, and as an audience member, I vicariously find a way to fill my void through their experiences.


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