• Legend (1986)


Release Date: April 18th, 1986

DVD Release Date: November 21st, 2000

PG |1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary

Darkness (Tim Curry) seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns. Jack (Tom Cruise) and his friends do everything possible to save the world and Princess Lili (Mia Sara) from the hands of Darkness. Enter a world of unicorns, magic swamps, dwarfs and rainbows.

Cast: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Fantasy

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Embassy International Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Spirited, Escape, Creative, Rescue, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Despite all its sound and fury, Legend is a movie I didn't care very much about. 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. show more

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    The film seems just right for kids, though what older fans of Cruise ("Risky Business") and Scott will make of it is far less clear. [22 Apr 1986, p.B4]

  • 75
    Ed GonzalezSlant Magazine

    What with the film's cotton-candy mise en the scene, rhyming goblins (“Mortal world turned to ice/Here be goblin paradise”), sexless pixies and elementary light/dark metaphors that reference the order of its universe, Legend is a gothic fairy tale brought to life. show more

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
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