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Legend: U.S. Release [1985]
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Director:Ridley Scott
Writer:William Hjortsberg
Composer:Tangerine Dreams
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:50%
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  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Suspense / Horror
  • Romance
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Synopsis: A child of the forest takes the girl he loves to see the unicorns.


Reaction: A very artistic movie that may be a bit too dark for the very young.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ridley Scott => Director
William Hjortsberg => Writer
Tangerine Dreams => Composer
Alice Playten => Blix
Annabelle Lanyon => Oona
Billy Barty => Screwball
Cork Hubbert => Brown Tom
David Bennent => Gump
Eddie Powell => Mummified Guard
Ian Longmur => Demon Cook
Kiran Shah => Blunder
Liz Gilbert => Dancing Black Dress
Mia Sara => Lili
Mike Crane => Demon Cook
Mike Edmonds => Tic
Peter O'Farrell => Pox
Robert Picardo => Meg Mucklebones
Tim Curry => Darkness
Tina Martin => Nell
Tom Cruise => Jack

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The sound of the unicorns at play is actually a recording of humpback whales.
  • The voice of Gump was re-dubbed by Alice Playten. For the German version, the voice of Blix was dubbed by David Bennent, who also voiced himself.
  • The face of goblin Blix was designed after that of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. According to Alice Playten, she thought up the idea, which was supported by director Ridley Scott. He then had [?] Rob Bottin (special make-up effects) implement the concept.
  • Ridley Scott drew most of his inspiration for Legend from the 1946 version of La belle et la bÍte, as well as such Disney animated classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia and Bambi.
  • Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role of Jack.
  • Mia Sara was only 15 during the filming of Legend. Sara was actually born in 1967, so she was 15 in 1982, which is when production for the film began. But it took a further three years before Legend was finally completed by Ridley Scott because of the film's immensely troubled production history.
  • Working title was originally Legend of 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.
  • This version of the movie was dramatically cut after Ridley Scott heard the audience ragging on it in the original premier.
  • 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.