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The Last Unicorn (1982)

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Only one of the mythological creatures escapes the evil King Haggard's (voice by Christopher Lee) plan to eliminate all unicorns from the land in Rankin-Bass's (Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) sophisticated production of The Last Unicorn. In hopes of rescuing her exiled breed, the last unicorn (voice by Mia Farrow) teams up with the kindly, if bumbling wizard Schmendrick the Magician (voice by Alan Arkin), who accompanies her on the far-reaching and treacherous quest to save

Mar 16, 2004

Jensen Farley Pictures

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (5) | DVD (12)

Some horrific moments (the mark of the best fairytales) and some sublimely witty lines.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A story filled with genuine sweetness and mystery.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Nearly everyone who waxes rhapsodic over The Last Unicorn starts off noting how they 'grew up' on the film.

August 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (3)
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Weighted with moments of surprising power yet undone by crazed-crank nickelodeon pacing.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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The Last Unicorn is sure to be a rare treat for lovers of fantasy.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Greatly underrated animated film; worth seeing

February 7, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Rankin-Bass has a flair for stories like this, though the horrid songs almost undo it all.

January 24, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

The standard 'quest' material that most fantasy is made of, but in this case heroics and spectacle are secondary to drama

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for The Last Unicorn

The rare case of an animated childhood classic that looks and feels dated now but still oozes of the feeling you had when you watched it for the first time. Especially America's original songs give the story of the last unicorn facing its biggest threat a very unique atmosphere, giving it all a sweet melancholy that works fantastic together with the nicely animated magic forests and landscapes. Some other scenes are downright spooky for kids, but of course there is humor too. The story starts out strong and atmospheric and then loses a bit of its drive once the characters reach their destination. After that rather slow part, the exciting ending does a lot of things right again and makes it an overall very pleasing and sweet experience, even after all these years.
January 2, 2012
ironclad1609

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An impressive voice cast with a touching story, although a bit dated now visually. Will mainly appeal to a very young audience.
June 22, 2011
Deano78

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An interesting story about a unicorn, I didn't get to see the end, though, so I want to see the rest sometime. So far, I thought it was okay.
January 12, 2011
ajv2688

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    1. Molly Grue: No...no,it cannot be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
    2. Schmendrick: Dont you talk to her that way!
    3. Unicorn: I'm here, now.
    4. Molly Grue: Oh? And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this! [Weeps]
    5. Schmendrick: Can you really see her? Do you know what she is?
    6. Molly Grue: If you had been waiting to see a unicorn, as long as I have...
    – Submitted by Rachel E (19 months ago)
    1. Schmendrick: I know you. If I were blind I'd know what you are.
    – Submitted by Rachel E (19 months ago)
    1. Schmendrick: As for you and the things you said and didn't say, she will remember them all, when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits.
    – Submitted by Rachel E (19 months ago)
    1. Mommy Fortuna: [laughs maniacally] Not alone! You could have never freed yourselves alone! I held you! [The Harpy, Celaeno, swoops down and kills her]
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Mommy Fortuna: You belong to me!
    2. Unicorn: You know better. Keep your shadows, if you will, but let me go. And let her go. I cannot see her caged. She is real, like me. We are two sides of the same magic. Let her go.
    3. Mommy Fortuna: I'd quit show business first!
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Schmendrick: I am a bearer! I'm a dwelling! I am a messenger!
    2. Molly Grue: You are an idiot! Do you hear me?! You've lost her! You've trapped her in a human body! She'll go mad!
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
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