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Legend (1985)




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Director Ridley Scott's lush fantasy film stars the young Tom Cruise as Jack, a peasant who lives in an enchanted forest with his beloved Lili (Mia Sara). One day, while quietly gamboling in a glade, the pair is distracted by the appearance of trolls, minions of the evil Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry). The cloven-footed, cavern-dwelling monster, long banished to the earth's nether regions, has sent the creatures on a mission to seize the horn of a unicorn, thereby plunging the planet into a frigid darkness over which he alone will reign. Things go from bad to worse as Lili succumbs to the forces of darkness, and Jack must assemble a motley band of elves to free her from bondage and return sunlight to the earth's surface. Sumptous art direction and overwhelming special effects are once again a testament to Scott's powers of visual invention.more
Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: William Hjortsberg, William Hjortsberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2002
Universal Pictures


Tim Curry
as Darkness
Billy Barty
as Screwball
Cork Hubbert
as Brown Tom
Kiran Shah
as Blunder
Robert Picardo
as Meg Mucklebones
Ian Longmuir
as Demon Cook
Mike Crane
as Demon Cook
Liz Gilbert
as Dancing Black Dress
Eddie Powell
as Mummified Guard
Michael Crane
as Demon Cook
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Critic Reviews for Legend

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

All of the special effects in the world, and all of the great makeup, and all of the great Muppet creatures can't save a movie that has no clear idea of its own mission and no joy in its own accomplishment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Dark and often scary '80s fantasy hasn't aged well.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015
Common Sense Media

A remarkable and bleak fantasy thriller for folks that like their fantasy based on thick characterization and less humongous battles.

Full Review… | November 1, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Thatcher. Reagan. Flock of Seagulls. These weren't the only evil things from the 1980s. There were also Hollywood fantasy movies such as this one . . .

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Ridley's misstep.

October 11, 2003

Audience Reviews for Legend


Fantastic sets, costumes and relatively good acting do not make up for the silliness of the plot in this 1980s teen-boy fantasy flick. It's fun to see Cruise breaking into the major Hollywood ranks, be fore the embarrassing couch-jumping incident, but in the end, it's still Cruise and his skin-deep acting. Marginal fun, but this is one Legend that deserves to be forgotten.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Growing up, "Legend" was one of my absolute favorite movies. The story, the images, and especially the amazing makeup job of Darkness just did for me what few films did. It's the story of good versus evil in a fairy tale setting. Darkness(Tim Curry) uses a Princess named Lili to lead him to and help weaken two unicorns. Once the unicorns are dead, he can plunge the world into a never ending ice age. However, Jack(Tom Cruise) teams up with elves and fairies to rescue Lili and destroy Darkness forever. May think a movie with fairies is gay, well screw you, this movie is freaking awesome. It holds up amazingly well, especially in high definition. Looks like it was made this year(well some of the scenes are dated, but overall it looks amazing). Darkness is probably the absolute coolest looking villain in movie history. As a kid he was absolutely terrifying to watch. Ridley Scott wrote and directed this and he did an amazing job, and proves again he is one of the best directors ever. If you want to introduce your kids to a great fantasy movie, then I would say start with this. I cannot wait to share this with my son as he gets older.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Something different this way comes...
Having said that, you'd possibly expect more than what you get here. However, good special effects and various creature creations always gathers my interest. We don't really get that anymore, so this is an example of something you look back on and think hey, this is kind of cool.

Eric S

Super Reviewer

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