Variety - 08/21/1985
"...Exhilarating visual elements....It is a fairy-tale produced on a grand scale, a classic tale of the struggle between darkness and light, good and evil..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/18/1986
"...Awesome in its fantasy splendor....It is a sumptuous, richly colored feast for cinematographer Alex Gordon's camera..."
Uncut - 03/01/2012 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's beautiful to watch -- Scott's painterly settings are, as you'd expect, rich and detailed -- and Curry has fun as the bad guy."
Director Ridley Scott's lush fantasy film stars the young Tom Cruise as Jack, a peasant who lives in an enchanted forest with his beloved Lili (Mia Sara). One day, while quietly gamboling in a glade, the pair is distracted by the appearance of trolls, minions of the evil Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry). The cloven-footed, cavern-dwelling monster, long banished to the earth's nether regions, has sent the creatures on a mission to seize the horn of a unicorn, thereby plunging the planet into a frigid darkness over which he alone will reign. Things go from bad to worse as Lili succumbs to the forces of darkness, and Jack must assemble a motley band of elves to free her from bondage and return sunlight to the earth's surface. Sumptous art direction and overwhelming special effects are once again a testament to Scott's powers of visual invention.
In Ridley Scott's LEGEND, young Jack lives in a magic forest populated with friendly and exotic creatures. But the delicate balance between good and evil is upset when the Lord of Darkness seizes Jack's beloved, Lili, and a horn from one of the last unicorns, thereby gaining control of the universe. The plucky lad must then assemble a band of elves and do battle with the forces of evil to set Lili free and restore peace to the world.
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Theatrical release: April 1986.
Filmed on the James Bond set at Pinewood Studios in England. Production was delayed when the set burned down.
The movie was screened on August 26, 1985, as the opening film of the Venice Film Festival.
LEGEND marked Mia Sara's film debut.
The European version of LEGEND is 20 minutes longer than the 89-minute American cut and features a Jerry Goldsmith score.