Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.


Brian Helgeland


Brian Helgeland, John Pearson (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Anderson ... Albert Donoghue
Tom Hardy ... Reggie Kray / Ron Kray
Christopher Eccleston ... Nipper Read
Joshua Hill ... Constable Scott
Emily Browning ... Frances Shea
Colin Morgan ... Frank Shea
Tara Fitzgerald ... Mrs Shea
Nicholas Farrell ... Dr Humphries
Adam Fogerty ... Pat Connolly
Mel Raido ... Ian Barrie
Major. ... The Double R Club Singer (as Major Johnson Finley)
Millie Brady ... Joan Collins
Chris Mason ... Ronnie Hart
Stephen Thompson ... Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell ... Jack McVitie


The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground.

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The notorious true story of the Kray twins See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual and drug material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Reggie Kray became a born-again Christian in prison. See more »


When Reggie picks up Frances for their first date, he shows her into the right side of the car. The UK drives on the left, so passengers usually sit on the left side. However, Reggie's car is a American car with left-hand drive. See more »


[first lines]
Frances Shea: London in the 1960s. Everyone had a story about the Krays. You could walk into any pub to hear a lie or two about them. But I was there and Im not careless with the truth. They were brothers, but bound by more than blood. They were twins as well, counterparts. Gangster princes of the city they meant to conquer. Ron Kray was a one-man London mob. Bloodthirsty, illogical, and funny as well. My Reggie was different. Once in a lifetime do you find a street-fighting man like Reg. ...
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Somebody's Acting Like a Child
Written by John Mayall
Performed by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (as John Mayall and the Blues Breakers)
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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The Hardy Twins, what a treat
25 August 2017 | by alanbenfieldjrSee all my reviews

The original film about the subject "The Krays" (1990) had Billie Whitelaw as their mother and, somehow, she dominated my memory of the film. Here the twins have a mother but she is, on the film, a distant character and that's what I missed here. I missed their interaction. She clearly had a massive influence in their characters but in Legend, those pieces of the puzzle are unfortunately missing. But, Tom Hardy compensates for any flaws. He is extraordinary, twice. The twins are total individuals, totally two people. What they carry in common is a sort of sexual danger, one explicitly the other implicitly but both as powerful. They dare us to get close. Amazing performance(s)

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Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,836, 22 November 2015

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2.35 : 1
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