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Legend (2015)

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

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Brian Helgeland

Writers:

Brian Helgeland, John Pearson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Anderson ... Albert Donoghue
Tom Hardy ... Reggie Kray / Ron Kray
Christopher Eccleston ... Nipper Read
Joshua Hill 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 Johnson Finley Major Johnson Finley ... The Double R Club Singer
Millie Brady ... Joan Collins
Chris Mason ... Ronnie Hart
Stephen Thompson ... Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell ... Jack McVitie
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Storyline

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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Power. Fear. Family. 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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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legenda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,836, 22 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,872,994, 12 January 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,642,077, 31 December 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It's not mentioned in the movie, but Ronnie was a big animal lover. He bought his pet snake from Harrods in Knightsbridge. Ronnie and Reggie's nightclub, Esmerelda's Barn, is also in Knightsbridge. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the club between Reggie and Ron: When Ron throws the bottle at Reggie, the bottle flies past Reggie and strikes a woman in a gold dress. The bottle shatters into hundreds of pieces, which a real bottle would never do unless it hit something solid like a concrete floor or wall. The bottle is obviously a prop bottle as it completely shatters simply by hitting a soft human torso. See more »

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[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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"This motion picture used sustainability strategies to reduce its carbon emissions and environmental impact." See more »

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Referenced in Mr. Robot: eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonglow
Written by Edgar De Lange (as Eddie De Lange), Will Hudson, Irving Mills
Performed by Starsound Orchestra
Courtesy of K-Tel Music Inc
Under licence from EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Hardy is excellent, the rest is not so much
9 September 2015 | by themadmoviemanSee all my reviews

The story of the Kray twins is a fascinating one, full of violence and deceit. In Legend, that story isn't really taken to its full potential, thanks to an unfortunately clunky structure despite brilliant performances, good humour and violence.

Let's start with the best part of this film, that is Tom Hardy's performances as Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The amazing special effects make the dual show possible, but within minutes of the start here, you completely forget that these two characters are played by the same man.

Hardy completely disappears into both men, with an unnerving but humorous turn as the psychotic Ronnie, and a more understated but powerful performance as Reggie, and that really deserves some praise.

What's more is that this film does make use of the very violent nature of the history very well. As bloody as it is foul-mouthed, this isn't a pleasant film to watch, but the level of violence does leave an impression with regards to the Krays' crimes, making it seem all the more real, and all the more frightening.

The big issue I have with this film, however, is that it's not an exhilarating watch. Historically interesting it may be, but at over two hours long, it's not something that will consistently entice you throughout.

There are side plots that aren't picked up on enough, some characters don't get the development they really deserve based on the size of their role, and the plot takes a really long time to get going.

The disappointing thing is that Legend isn't a bad film in any way, nor is it boring, but it gives you a sense of growing importance and tension towards a hopefully climactic end, but it never comes as you want it to.


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