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Legend (1985)

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She is of the purest innocence. He is pure evil. He is darkness. See more »


Certificate:

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

In the scene where the Lord of Darkness and Blix converse in the Great Tree, his claw and Blix's nose don't touch but hold the pose. This resembles the "Creation of Adam" by Michaelangelo where God and Adam's fingers reach out to each other. See more »

Goofs

When Princess Lily releases her bird at the beginning of the movie, it just falls over on the grass. See more »

Quotes

Pox: [to Blix] You only got the shot in 'cause the Princess was there! Wrong! 'Twas Beauty led the Beast to bay!
Blunder: She was so sweet, I could eat her brains like jam!
Pox: I could suck her bones...
Blix: Enough! Better hurry. Dark Lord, he don't like to wait.
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Alternate Versions

The "Theatrical Version" on the US Blu-ray contains a couple of slight audio differences near the beginning compared to previous versions of this cut.
  • Just after Darkness's line "Something troubles me..." the opening motif of Tangerine Dream's Unicorn Theme is missing.
  • The transition between the scene of Darkness and Blix into the scene of Lili in the forest is much rougher than before. There is a sudden change in ambiance, while in previous versions, the ambiance of Darkness's lair more subtly gives way to the sounds of the forest.
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Connections

Featured in Tamara's Never Seen: Legend (1985) (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Loved by the Sun
Performed by Jon Anderson with Tangerine Dream
Music by Tangerine Dream
Lyrics by Jon Anderson
Produced by David Tickle and Tangerine Dream
Engineered and Mixed by David Tickle (uncredited)
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Wonderful movie filled with fantasy , adventure , feats and amazing monsters
21 July 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is such stuff as dreams are made of ; this is Legend . Jack (Tom Cruise , though Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey were all considered for this character) and his partners such as Screwball (Billy Barty) , Blunder (Kiran Shah) and Gump (David Bennet , recently his Tin Drum) are disposed to do everything to save the world and rescue princess Lili (Mia Sara) who Darkness intends to make his wife from the hands of this evil devil . A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness , the personification of evil , from both destroying daylight and marrying the young girl (Mia Sara was only 15 during the filming of Legend , she was actually born in 1967, so she was 15 in 1982, which is when production for the film began) he loves . There appears demons , Elfs , Unicorns , fairy , and goblin as Blix (played by Alice Playten whose face was designed after that of Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones) . As Darkness (Ridley Scott was inspired to cast Tim Curry as Darkness after seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show , he had also considered casting Richard O'Brien as Meg Mucklebones) plans to spread eternal night in the land where this tale takes place , by killing every unicorn (the sound of the unicorns at play is actually a recording of humpback whales) in Earth .

This breathtaking film contains imagination , magic , thrills , fantasy , adventure and many other things . This is an incredible fantastic movie which features elves , fairies , dwarfs and other mythical creatures . Ridley Scott drew most of his inspiration for "Legend" from the 1946 version of ¨Belle and the Beast¨, as well as such Disney animated classics as ¨Snow White¨ , ¨Fantasy¨ and ¨Bambi¨. Impressive production , the production was filmed on the Pinewood Studio sound stage that had been originally created for ¨The spy who loved me¨ . However , filming was interrupted twice, firstly by the studio burning to the ground and secondly, by the death of Tom Cruise's father. Composer Jerry Goldsmith's original score was removed by the studio after the first round of test screenings. In an effort to appeal to "the kids", executives commissioned Tangerine Dream to create a replacement. Until 2002, Goldsmith's original score was heard only with the film's European release. Special mention to brilliant and colorful cinematography by Alex Thomson .

Ridley Scott admits that comments made by some pot-smoking attendees at a screening got the director second-guessing himself, and influenced him to cut the film from 150 minutes to 98. The director's cut reveals an alternative ending where Jack remains in the forest and Lily goes home alone with plans to see him again soon. The motion picture was marvelous and glamorously directed by Ridley Scott , at his best and as stylish as ever , similarly his previous film ¨Someone to watch over me¨ and others as ¨Blade runner¨, ¨Black rain¨ , in which his visual style is impressive as well as his speciality ,the historical genre , as ¨Robin Hood¨ , ¨Kingdom of heaven¨ , ¨Duelists¨ and ¨Black Hawk down¨ . Rating : Above average . Essential and indispensable watching for Ridley Scott followers


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