December 11th, 2015



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The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.4/10 (15,276 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Brian Helgeland

Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton

Focusing on the relationship between Reggie Kray and Frances Shea, told from France's' point of view as someone who knew him best, as well as the mental health issues Ronnie Kray faced and their rise to power as the notorious gangsters of London.

Writers: Brian Helgeland, John Pearson

Colin Morgan - Frank Shea
Tom Hardy - Ronald Kray / Reggie Kray
Christopher Eccleston - Nipper Read
Joshua Hill - Constable Scott
Emily Browning - Frances Shea
Paul Anderson - Albert Donoghue
Tara Fitzgerald - Mrs. Shea
Nicholas Farrell - Dr. Humphries
Adam Fogerty - Pat Connolly
Mel Raido - Ian Barrie
Major John Finley - The Double R Club Singer
Millie Brady - Joan Collins
Chris Mason - Ronnie Hart
Stephen Thompson - Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell - Jack McVitie

Taglines: Power. Fear. Family.

Country: UK, France

Language: English

Release Date: 20 November 2015

Filming Locations: Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Tom Hardy and Sam Spruell also appear in Child 44 (2015). See more »

Within the first 5 minutes Frances gives Reggie a Lemon Sherbet which he crunches 'to get to the sherbetty bit' but 50 seconds later he pulls out of his mouth a whole Lemon Sherbet not crunched and gives it back to her. See more »


User Review


Rating: 7/10

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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