Legend (1985)




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Movie Info

Ridley Scott directed this visually striking but narratively bland sword and sorcery saga that mixes ample doses of J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Mallory, George Lucas, Joseph Campbell and Dungeons and Dragons into a watered down kettle pot. Many years ago, the Earth was an idyllic land of unicorns and bright sunshine. But the forces of light become embroiled are in mortal battle with the forces of darkness --specifically the evil Prince of Darkness (Tim Curry), who lives in dark caverns below the … More

Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: William Hjortsberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2002
Universal Pictures


as Lili

as Darkness

as Screwball

as Brown Tom

as Blunder

as Meg Mucklebones

as Demon Cook

as Demon Cook

as Demon Cook

as Dancing Black Dress

as Mummified Guard
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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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