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A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.2/10 (25,221 voted)

Ridley Scott

Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry

A demon who seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns and marrying a fairy princess is opposed by the forest boy Jack and his elven allies in this magical fantasy. Two different versions of this picture feature soundtracks by either Tangerine Dream or Jerry Goldsmith.


Tom Cruise


Mia Sara


Tim Curry


David Bennent


Alice Playten


Billy Barty


Cork Hubbert

Brown Tom

Peter O'Farrell


Kiran Shah


Annabelle Lanyon


Robert Picardo

Meg Mucklebones

Tina Martin


Ian Longmur

Demon Cook

(as Ian Longmuir)

Mike Crane

Demon Cook

Liz Gilbert

Dancing Black Dress

A world full of magic, wonder and desire. (US VHS)


Official Website:
William Hjortsberg |

Release Date: 18 April 1986

Filming Locations: Agnes Scott College – 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000


Opening Weekend: $4,261,154
(20 April 1986)

Gross: $15,502,112

Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Did You Know?


Widely rumored to have been a source of inspiration for Shigeru Miyamoto's classic game series, The Legend of Zelda.


Revealing mistakes:
When Princess Lily releases her bird at the beginning of the movie, it just falls over on the grass.


[the goblins spy on the unicorns]

Look! Ugly one-horned mule!

User Review

To take the horn of the Unicorn is to end all hope!


Never did the phrase "a beautiful film" have more relevance than in this
wonderful piece of adult fantasy. Make no mistake, this masterpiece, Ridley
Scott's fourth film (it followed BLADE RUNNER) was never intended for
children. Those who have written it off as a kids' movie totally betray
their limitations and inability to see what is being offered

A youthful Tom Cruise was such a good choice as Jack, the forest dweller
destined to plunge the world into darkness and then have but one opportunity
to restore the light. Mia Sara is the beautiful princess, part Cinderella,
part angel, all virgin! and Tim Curry? well, what a simply staggering
contribution as the Lord of Darkness. Totally unrecognizable both visually
and audibly but what a performance.

All the Ridley Scott trademarks are here, the back-projected blue light, the
filtered scenes of wonderment, central characters in a crisis, the enigma of
life itself. If anything, LEGEND is better now than when it was released. In
'85 it received critical praise – just no-one went to see it! Well that's
not strictly true. I attended the Sydney premiere and sat thru it entranced
as others fidgeted, whispered, and generally brought attention to their
limited attention spans and lowered perceptions!

Certainly it is a film that on one level children could relate to and even
enjoy but it is a far deeper film with a host of reflective ideas and quite
magical concepts. What really IS the Lord of Darkness? What is the
significance of the Unicorns? What becomes of the innocence we leave behind
in childhood? If none of this interests you, make sure you avoid this