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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 »


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G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alongside The Secret of Nimh (1982), Watership Down (1978), and The Plague Dogs (1983) this is easily considered one of the darkest and most violent animated films of the late 20th century these films were rated G and PG in the cases of Watership Down (1978) and The Plague Dogs (1983) additionally all these four animated films were released before the existence of the PG-13 rating. 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 region 2 DVD (released by Concorde) has the full VHS/DVD soundtrack (German 5.1 audio track) mixed with the sound effects from the theatrical/HBO version. The 2.0 German and English audio on the disc do not feature the theatrical/HBO sound effects, only the VHS/DVD soundtrack. See more »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Secret of Kells (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Man's Road
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by America
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One of the best Fantasy movies of all time.
20 February 2002 | by JplindseySee all my reviews

The Last Unicorn, a unforgettable 1982 Animation Fantasy classic that enchanted fans of Fantasy and animation since it first came out. It is about a lonely Unicorn who thinks she is the last of her kind and sets out on a quest to find them throughout the dangerous yet magical world that she has never seen before, along the way she meets a cast of colorful characters including my favorite " Schmendrick The Magician", who is a goofy-but-lovable magician that magically transforms Unicorn into a Beautiful Human maiden to fool the bad guys.

This is indeed a beautiful, fabulous and touching animated movie that is one of my faves. It's both appealing to children and their parents, highly recommended.


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