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Legend (2015)

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Critic Consensus: As a gangster biopic, Legend is deeply flawed, but as a showcase for Tom Hardy -- in a dual role, no less -- it just about lives up to its title.

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From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance. LEGEND is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.
Rating:
R (for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual language and violence)
Genre:
Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Box Office:
$14,146,549.00
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Cast

Tom Hardy
as Ronald Kray/Reginald Kray
Emily Browning
as Frances Shea
David Thewlis
as Leslie Payne
Chazz Palminteri
as Angelo Bruno
Taron Egerton
as Teddy Smith
Paul Anderson (XVIII)
as Albert Donoghue
Tara Fitzgerald
as Elsie Shea
Joshua Hill (IV)
as Constable Scott
Colin Morgan
as Frank Shea
Nicholas Farrell
as Dr. Humphries
Adam Fogerty
as Pat Connolly
Mel Raido
as Ian Barrie
Major Johnson Finley
as The Double R Club Singer
Millie Brady
as Joan Collins
Chris Mason Johnson
as Ronnie Hart
Stephen Thompson
as Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell
as Jack McVitie
Alex Ferns
as McLean
Martin McCreadie
as Eddie Richardson
Shane Attwooll
as George Cornell
Richard Riddell
as Mike Jobber
Huggy Leaver
as Pig & Whistle Barman
Sam Hoare
as Stefan De Faye
Frankie Fitzgerald
as Jack Dickson
Christopher Adamson
as Philip Testa
Alex Giannini
as Tony Caponigro
Duffy
as Timi Yuro
Samantha Pearl
as Shirley Bassey
Mark Theodore
as Sonny Liston
Lara Cazalet
as Mrs. Payne
Tim Faraday
as Big Screw
John Sessions
as Lord Boothby
Kevin McNally
as Harold Wilson
Tim Woodward
as Superintendent Cummings
Nick Hendrix
as Hew McCowan
Robert Ashby
as Arnold Goodman
Geoffrey Beevers
as Old Bailey Judge
Jane Wood
as Violet Kray
Jon McKenna
as Charles Kary Senior
John Sears
as Father Foster
Stephen Lord
as Fuller
Lorraine Stanley
as Blind Beggar Barmaid
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Critic Reviews for Legend

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (31)

Helgeland uses long-take shots through boisterous clubs, unreliable narration and splashes of violence to create a drama of little surprise and even less impact.

Full Review… | December 4, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Legend seems like a movie Scorsese might have made if he wasn't paying attention - the elements are present but they are clumsily assembled and the outcome underwhelms.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
ReelViews
Top Critic

It's not short of thrills, the biggest of which is Hardy's double performance.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Watching Tom Hardy nearly upstage himself in the gangster biopic Legend makes for mesmerizing viewing. It's also an object lesson in how great acting can transcend a film's limitations.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The movie's a testament to the Krays' ability to get away with everything - for a while, anyway. But it's better evidence of Tom Hardy's ability to do just about anything.

Full Review… | November 25, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Hardy's performance - nay, performances - are so electrifying they cut through the confusion. Watch "Legend" for him and him alone. He's great, times two.

Full Review… | November 25, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Legend

Tom Hardy is the main (or in fact only) reason for you to see this film, playing twin brothers and stealing the scene especially as the insane, dangerous and hilariously bizarre Ronnie Kray, but as a biopic it is flawed and conventional like many other gangster movies alike.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

A soap opera about gangsters? Well yes. Married To The Mob, London Style. More of a reality show than a gangster film. There's only one gang fight scene, and it has the feel of obligatory all over it. There's one brutality of the penal system scene, again: feels obligatory. Indeed for a film about two of the biggest gangsters of their time there's precious little gangstering. Hardy does well (twice) and the attendant supporting cast is up for the challenge, only there's nothing for the group to work on. Maybe they should make it a television series. Maybe then they'd get to some serious corroding of the hopes and dreams for the future like a true gang epic.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A few of the Krays' criminal dealings are depicted. For example, the murders of George Cornell (Shane Attwooll), a member of the rival Richardson gang, and criminal hitman Jack the Hat (Sam Spruell), do occur. Unfortunately all too often Legend focuses on the less interesting subject of Reggie's marriage to Frances Shea. Certainly there is no derth of bloodshed. The account is indeed violent. It's just that the narrative is fashioned around a triad of performances that occasionally veers into soap opera when it should focus on the twins rule of terror. In addition to the aforementioned Emily Browning, Tom Hardy is supported by an able cast including actors Colin Morgan, Christopher Eccleston, Taron Egerton, David Thewlis and Chazz Palminteri. They're all great, but make no mistake. This is Tom Hardy's show. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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