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"There may never be another dawn."
  • PG
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 6.3  (71,747)
  • 30

Legend is a fantasy adventure movie released in 1985, directed by prolific filmmaker Ridley Scott, who directed Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator among others. The movie features Tom Cruise as Jack, a forest dweller who lives in a magical forest filled with fairies, unicorns, and other mystical creatures. Jack is in love with Princess Lili, played by Mia Sara, who is fascinated by the dark powers that reside in the mysterious forest.

The plot of Legend revolves around the conflict between darkness and light. The devilishly handsome Lord of Darkness, played by Tim Curry, seeks to ensnare Lili and bring about eternal night by destroying the unicorn which is a symbol of light and purity. Jack is forced to embark on a heroic quest to rescue the princess and save the world from being plunged into eternal darkness.

Legend is one of the few movies from the 1980s that solely depends on practical effects and makeup which were masterfully executed by makeup artist Rob Bottin, who also worked on The Thing and RoboCop. The stunning visuals, with a mix of practical effects, makeup, and matte paintings, create a magical and surreal atmosphere that takes the viewers on a journey through the dark and mysterious forest.

The movie's soundtrack was composed by the electronic music pioneer Tangerine Dream, which further establishes the dream-like quality of the movie. The score features haunting melodies that complement the mysterious and mythical elements of the movie. The use of traditional musical instruments and the innovative electronic sounds create a unique soundscape that matches the fantasy world depicted on screen.

The movie's cast is made up of some of Hollywood's biggest stars at the time, with Tom Cruise in the lead role. This was one of his earliest leading roles, and he played it with great energy and charm. The young and talented Mia Sara played the princess, who is naive and innocent but also has a strong sense of adventure. She balances the character's vulnerability and her determination to stand up for what she believes in. Tim Curry played the Devil, in one of his most memorable and iconic roles. His performance as the menacing Lord of Darkness, with his horned head, goat legs, and glowing eyes, is terrifying yet captivating.

Overall, Legend is a fantasy classic that is widely regarded as one of the best fantasy movies of the 1980s. With its imaginative visuals, haunting score, and strong performances, it manages to transport the viewers into a mystical world that is both enchanting and terrifying. It is a testament to Ridley Scott's cinematic vision, which combined with the brilliant makeup, music, and storytelling, results in a movie that truly stands the test of time.

Legend is a 1986 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 30.

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    1 hr 34 min
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    6.3  (71,747)
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