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A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

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Ridley Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Jack
Mia Sara ... Lili
Tim Curry ... Darkness
David Bennent ... Gump
Alice Playten ... Blix
Billy Barty ... Screwball
Cork Hubbert ... Brown Tom
Peter O'Farrell ... Pox
Kiran Shah ... Blunder
Annabelle Lanyon ... Oona
Robert Picardo ... Meg Mucklebones
Tina Martin ... Nell
Ian Longmur Ian Longmur ... Demon Cook (as Ian Longmuir)
Michael Crane Michael Crane ... Demon Cook (as Mike Crane)
Liz Gilbert Liz Gilbert ... Dancing Black Dress
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Storyline

A demon who seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns and marrying a fairy princess is opposed by the forest boy Jack and his elven allies in this magical fantasy. Two different versions of this picture feature soundtracks by either Tangerine Dream or Jerry Goldsmith. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

A world full of magic, wonder and desire. (US VHS) See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

William Hjortsberg

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,261,154, 20 April 1986

Gross USA:

$15,502,112
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ridley Scott wanted the film to have an original screenplay because he felt that "it was far easier to design a story to fit the medium of cinema than bend the medium for an established story". By chance, he discovered several books written by William Hjortsberg, and found that the writer had already written several scripts for some unmade lower-budgeted films. Scott asked him if he was interested in writing a fairy tale. Fortunately, he was already writing some, and agreed. See more »

Goofs

Before Jack and Darkness fight at the end, Darkness has Jack up against a wall, face to face. Shot from a side angle, you can see that the skin around Darkness' chin and lower jaw are not attached to his head indicating that the skin is synthetic rubber. See more »

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Brown Tom: Ah, that's a Sad Sight for a Sober Man!
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Is Your Love Strong Enough
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A fairy tale on film.
14 February 2008 | by Gary2012See all my reviews

I've read a lot of opposing views here and there are valid views on both sides. I guess it boils down to what your imagination can be hopefully transfered to film for you enjoyment.

I've seen my fair share of fantasy films in my life and Legend probably reached to that part of me quicker than any film of that genre than has been done before and since. Lord of the Rings surpasses it on many levels...but Legeng still has the ability after all these years to make me think of pure fantasy, and that's what I believe this film is about. Good vs evil is what most films are about, but Legend is what fairies and goblins and a mystical forests are!

Visually I doubt you can find much better even 20 odd years later! Good vs evil in a setting that is set in a purer forum. Character development here are not too strong, but they're not meant to be. They are strong enough to portray love vs evil vs good and bad, and they do it well in the context of the story. Tom Cruise did a good Job as the Nieve and yet courageous Jack, Lily was a the prize of his longing and it came across as undeniable. Mia Sara as lily is the stuff of youthful longing.

Tim Curry played the spoiler and he did it to the point of stealing all of the film. He is the stuff of fantasy. The costume was spectacular, and his portrayal of the character was commanding...And over the top cause that what he does well!

I enjoyed the directors cut film more as it is longer and tells the story just a little better, but I enjoyed Tangarines Dream's score more as it captured the mood of fantasy ( for me) as set in a mystical place! Jerry Goldsmith had some very good moments, but TD for me layed out a fairytale with my eyes closed better.

But at the end you either see this for the pure fantasy it is about or you see it as something deeper that it doesn't pretend to be. It's much purer in it's view on good vs evil and to my taste it hits on every level of that platform. And not to mention it's ability to make for a great dream filled with hope and danger.

Pure fantasy...and should be viewed with that intent.


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