April 18th, 1986



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

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.2/10 (25,221 voted)

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry

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.

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 - Demon Cook (as Ian Longmuir)
Mike Crane - Demon Cook
Liz Gilbert - Dancing Black Dress

Taglines: A world full of magic, wonder and desire. (US VHS)


Official Website: William Hjortsberg |

Release Date: 18 April 1986

Filming Locations: Agnes Scott College - 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,261,154 (USA) (20 April 1986)

Gross: $15,502,112 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)  | USA:

Did You Know?

Widely rumored to have been a source of inspiration for Shigeru Miyamoto's classic game series, The Legend of Zelda.

Revealing mistakes: When Princess Lily releases her bird at the beginning of the movie, it just falls over on the grass.

[the goblins spy on the unicorns]
Blunder: [pointing] Look! Ugly one-horned mule!

User Review

To take the horn of the Unicorn is to end all hope!


Never did the phrase "a beautiful film" have more relevance than in this wonderful piece of adult fantasy. Make no mistake, this masterpiece, Ridley Scott's fourth film (it followed BLADE RUNNER) was never intended for children. Those who have written it off as a kids' movie totally betray their limitations and inability to see what is being offered here.

A youthful Tom Cruise was such a good choice as Jack, the forest dweller destined to plunge the world into darkness and then have but one opportunity to restore the light. Mia Sara is the beautiful princess, part Cinderella, part angel, all virgin! and Tim Curry? well, what a simply staggering contribution as the Lord of Darkness. Totally unrecognizable both visually and audibly but what a performance.

All the Ridley Scott trademarks are here, the back-projected blue light, the filtered scenes of wonderment, central characters in a crisis, the enigma of life itself. If anything, LEGEND is better now than when it was released. In '85 it received critical praise - just no-one went to see it! Well that's not strictly true. I attended the Sydney premiere and sat thru it entranced as others fidgeted, whispered, and generally brought attention to their limited attention spans and lowered perceptions!

Certainly it is a film that on one level children could relate to and even enjoy but it is a far deeper film with a host of reflective ideas and quite magical concepts. What really IS the Lord of Darkness? What is the significance of the Unicorns? What becomes of the innocence we leave behind in childhood? If none of this interests you, make sure you avoid this film!


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